West Sussex Guitar Club

Charity No. 1124762

Patrons: Gary Ryan & Fabio Zanon


Events Diary

25th Anniversary Party & AGM

When: Friday, 21st September, 2018 7:30PM

Where: The Recital Hall, Regis School of Music, Sudley Rd, Bognor Regis

By tradition, our new season begins with a Club Evening and the AGM, but after the end of the meeting, to mark the beginning of our 26th season we invite you all to celebrate the Club's 25th Anniversary with a Party.

This special occasion will definitely warrant raising a toast, cutting the Anniversary cake and, of course, celebrating with the best musical offerings.  Hope you can join us!

The Bach Day

When: Sunday, 14th October, 2018 10:30AM

Where: The Recital Hall, Regis School of Music, Sudley Rd, Bognor Regis


A Workshop with Stephen Gordon,
Head of Guitar,
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

This special one-day workshop with Stephen Gordon will include rehearsals and performances of arrangements by Stephen of the 4th Brandenburg Concerto by J. S. Bach, plus a recital by Harpsichord/Guitar duo Nathaniel Mander and Sam Brown, a talk about Baroque instruments and plenty of refreshments!

(Participating in the orchestra will require skills of Gr III and above)

19th Annual West Sussex Guitar Festival

When: Saturday, 3rd November, 2018 9:30AM

Where: The Recital Hall, Regis School of Music, Sudley Rd, Bognor Regis

There are 33 different categories for junior guitarists.

The syllabus is available at Ackerman Music, 42, West Street, Chichester 

Adjudicator - TBA

Recital by Maximo Pujol

When: Sunday, 11th November, 2018 7:30PM

Where: The Recital Hall, Regis School of Music, Sudley Rd, Bognor Regis

WSGC is delighted to be able to play host to one of the world's most important contemporary composers for the classical guitar and are grateful to the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra which has organised his UK appearances. 

Máximo Diego Pujol is celebrated today as an important composer, performer and teacher of guitar. His compositions are performed and recorded internationally, and he is sought after to give concerts, master classes and conferences in the most prestigious festivals dedicated to the instrument.  Currently Professor of Guitar at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel de Falla he has also taught children at the Escuela de Arte de Campana in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It all started when Máximo discovered a guitar in a closet in his parent’s home in the suburb of Villa Pueyrredón, Buenos Aires.  He performed his first concert aged 9 and soon after composed a zamba as a birthday surprise for his mother. He studied guitar with Alfredo Vicente Gascón, which deepened his vocation and led him to participate —alongside his teacher— in a study group led by luminary Abel Carlevaro.

While studying at the Buenos Aires Conservatory of Music “Juan José Castro”, Máximo also took private classes on harmony and composition with Leonídas Arnedo.  One of Pujol’s first pieces “Sonatina” won first prize in numerous competitions in Argentina.  He honed his performing skills playing tango and milongas in Buenos Aires night clubs alongside tango stars such as Jorge Sobral and Roberto Goyeneche.  Concurrently, he analysed the works of tango composers like Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla.

Pujol’s music is inspired by and draws on the rich musical heritage of his native Argentina.  Specifically, he has striven for an ever-closer fusion of traditional Argentine tango and formal academic concepts.  Akin to the compositions of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Leo Brouwer, he combines a deep nationalistic expression in his music with the unique technical capabilities that the guitar has to offer.

For full details, see his web site:  www.maximopujol.com 

Maximo has a large following in the UK but has not frequently performed here. Consequently, this recital is likely to be a sell-out and we recommend booking in advance 

Club Evening - November

When: Saturday, 24th November, 2018 7:00PM

Where: The Recital Hall, Regis School of Music, Sudley Rd, Bognor Regis

Welcome to our November Club Evening.  It will start with the traditional "All-Join-In Orchestra" - the best way to make music together and improve your sight-reading!

Performances by our junior members will follow and after the buffet supper the evening will continue with performances by our own West Sussex Guitar Orchestra and continue with more performances, a quiz and the raffle.  We look forward to your company and participation!

Christmas Party

When: Saturday, 15th December, 2018 7:00PM


The WSGC's traditional celebration of the end of the year.

This is a member's invitation event, but providing there is space, a few mmembers' invited guests will be welcome to share with us the delights of this evening.

We shall not be short of Food, Drink, Fun and, of course, MUSIC!

Hope you can join us!