The Club was formed in 1993 by a group of classical guitar enthusiasts living in the Chichester and Bognor Regisarea of West Sussex (UK). Since then it has pursued an active programme of club meetings interspersed with professional recitals of the highest quality. Our membership is now drawn from all over West Sussex and neighbouring counties and stands at around 140.
The aims of the Club are to provide an informal setting where lovers of the classical (and flamenco) guitar can meet to enjoy making and listening to guitar music, to encourage players of all standards to reach their potential, and to promote the guitar in the wider community.
The club became a registered charity no. 1124762 in July 2008, our stated aims being:
We meet on Saturday evenings (see our programme) in the Regis School of Music, 46 Sudley Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1ER. This is an ideal venue offering a recital hall of excellent proportions and acoustics, as well as a number of other rooms which can be used for ensemble and individual practice. The School also houses the Club's audio, video and sheet music librarywhich is available to members for borrowing.
The club caters for all ages and playing abilities, and club evenings typically start with a rehearsal and performances by the Junior and Senior Orchestras, followed by solo and small ensemble performances by our junior members. A break for a buffet supper is usually followed by performances by the adult members. Playing continues for as long as the enthusiasm lasts, and club evenings have been known to end around midnight!
Occasionally, club evenings include a lecture or a short recital by a young performer just embarking on a professional career. Lecture topics have included guitar-making, the life and work of Villa-Lobos and the life and work of John Dowland. We also run one or two day workshops during the year. These are generally held on a Sunday and have proved a great success. Workshop directors have included John Mills, Mark Eden and Chris Stell, Gary Ryan, Lorenzo Micheli, Tomas Jimenez and Mark Ashford.
Our season runs from September to July, during which we aim to hold seven professional recitals which are open to the public, and around ten Club Evenings. For a list of those who have played at the Club in recent seasons please see our Performers' page. For this season's recitals see our programme.