West Sussex Guitar Club

Charity No. 1124762

Patrons: Gary Ryan & Fabio Zanon


West Sussex Guitar Festival 2007

The West Sussex Guitar Club in association with West Dean College is proud to announce that the eighth West Sussex Guitar Festival will this year feature an exciting new class: The WSGF West Dean Scholarship Competition.

Awarded to the most promising young person playing at Grade V standard or above, the Scholarship Competition winner will receive non-residential attendance at the West Dean International Guitar Festival and Summer School 2008, courtesy of West Dean College.

The Summer School is a six-day guitar event that provides superb learning opportunities for all levels. Repertoire and technique classes form the core of the programme, with additional ensembles and a guitar orchestra. Students also receive individual lessons and attend public recitals by visiting artists.

The Scholarship is open to any young person who will be 15 years or older at the time of the summer school (August 2008), and under 18 years at the time of the competition (November 2007)

The winner will be selected by a panel comprising two adjudicators appointed by the club, and the festival adjudicator, Professor Gary Ryan from the Royal College of Music. In addition to adjudicating what promises to be the most successful festival to date, Professor Ryan will be giving the traditional Festival Recital on Friday 16th November.

For more information about West Dean College, call 01243 811301 or email ku.gro.naedtsew+sesruoc.trohs. Alternatively, visit www.westdean.org.uk/site/arts/music/music/CGF.htm

West Sussex Guitar Festival aims..

  • To promote appreciation and enjoyment of music in the community through the art of the Classical Guitar
  • To provide an open forum for students, teachers and admirers of Classical guitar
  • To encourage the appreciation and awareness of different learning and teaching methods
  • To create a platform for performers of every level and age. To enable participants to demonstrate achievement in the mastery of Classical guitar, to perfect performing skills and to share music with new audiences
  • To help participants meet new challenges by engaging in fair competition. To encourage appreciation and respect for achievement in the art of music making. To create conditions for developing new audiences in the field of Classical Music.

The Festival is initiated, supported and will be run by the West Sussex Guitar Club and the Regis School of Music

Performers are asked not to repeat the same piece if entered in more than one class and to observe time limits for performances.

Click here for the entry form

Click here for the syllabus

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Festival Trophies will be awarded to the winners of the competitive classes. All participants will receive a Festival Certificate with the adjudicator's comments and practical suggestions.

All the Festival events will take place at:
The Regis School of Music
46 Sudley Road
Bognor Regis
PO21 1ER
Tel: 01243 866462


  • Junior Classes November 10th & 11th 2007
  • Senior, Composition/Arrangement classes November 17th & 18th 2007
  • Gary Ryan Festival Recital Friday November 16th 2007


Helen Sanderson studied guitar at the Royal College of Music with Charles Ramirez. Her active career has included concerts at most of the UK's major guitar festivals and recitals at venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Academy of Arts (Berlin), the British Embassy (Vienna) and the Barbican, where Helen performed as part of Yehudi Menuhin's "Live Music Now!" Helen has developed a particular interest in voice and guitar repertoire and works in partnerships with Mark Wilde (tenor), Susan Legg (mezzo-soprano), and the eminent countertenor James Bowman. Helen is Artistic director of Winchester Guitar Festival and the World Youth Guitar Festival. Helen's expertise as a teacher and conductor make her a very popular adjudicator at music festivals throughout the country.

Helen will be adjudicating the junior classess.

Gary Ryan was born in Kent, England in 1969. He studied with David Miller at the Guildhall School of Music Junior Department and later with Timothy Walker at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won a scholarship to study in 1987. In 1991 he graduated with first class honours and a host of awards including the Julian Bream Prize, the John Mundy String Prize and the Dorothy Grinstead Prize for the most outstanding all round student. He also received awards from the Fleming Trust and the Royal Academy of Music to pursue his post-graduate studies and in 1997 was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, in recognition of his achievements. He is widely sought after as an examiner and adjudicator. Gary Ryan was Course Leader at the Bath International Guitar Festival for several years and is now much in demand as a performer and tutor at Guitar Festivals throughout the world.

Gary will be adjudicating the senior classes.

Rules of WSGF Scholarship Competition

  • 1. The Scholarship will comprise non-residential attendance by the successful candidate at the West Dean International Guitar Festival and Summer School held at West Dean in August 2008
  • 2. The competition will be held during the West Sussex Guitar Festival Senior Day on Sunday 18 November 2007.
  • 3. The candidate shall play two or more contrasting pieces, of Grade 5 or above. The programme will last up to 8 minutes. The music chosen shall be of a classical nature.
  • 4. The candidate must also participate in the West Sussex Guitar Festival by entering in one or more of the solo classes.
  • 5. The age of the candidate shall be 15 or above at the time of the West Dean International Guitar Festival and Summer School (August 16 to 22, 2008) and under 18 at the time of the competition held during the West Sussex Guitar Festival.
  • 6. The West Sussex Guitar Club (WSGC) will organise the Award Competition on behalf of West Dean College. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of judges, which will comprise the Senior Day Festival Adjudicator, and two adjudicators appointed by the WSGC Committee.
  • 7. The panel will select a winner and a runner-up. The runner-up will receive the Scholarship should the winning candidate be unable to attend the West Dean International Guitar Festival and Summer School.