West Sussex Guitar Club

Charity No. 1124762

Patrons: Gary Ryan & Fabio Zanon


West Sussex Guitar Festival 2012

Posted by admin on October 1, 2012

The West Sussex Guitar Club in association with West Dean College is proud to announce that the thirteenth West Sussex Guitar Festival will again feature 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 2013 courtesy of West Dean College. The runner up will receive a £200 bursary towards attendance.

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 2013), and under 18 years at the time of the competition (November 2012)

The winner will be selected by festival adjudicators Mark Ashford and Gary Ryan. The Vida Guitar Quartet 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

In addition to the West Dean Scholarship Competition, the Festival has many prizes of Luthier strings generously donated by Maestoso Music Co. Ltd.

Also, a copy of Sibelius I music editing software generously donated by Sibelius will be awarded to the most deserving competitor of Senior Arrangement Class 65 and Composition classes: C5, C4, C5, C6. The club is very grateful to Sibelius for donating this software.

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 facilitate development of 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 multiple 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


  • Festival Recital Friday November 16th 2012
  • Junior Classes November 10th & 11th 2012
  • Senior, Composition/Arrangement classes November 17th & 18th 2012


Mark Ashford was born in Northampton, England and began his formal musical training at Chetham's School of Music with Gordon rosskey. He then went on to study with Michael Lewin as a scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music, from where he graduated in 1993 with first class honours. Early on in his performing career Mark became a laureate of several major national and international competitions including Radio Two's Young Musician, the Guitar Foundation of America, and many others. Mark has recorded six CD's and his latest CD is with the newly formed Vida Guitar Quartet (Mark Eden, Helen Sanderson & Chris Stell) entitled `Love, the Magician'. The CD recently received rave reviews in both the Classic FM and Gramophone music magazines. Mark regularly gives master classes at International Festivals and the leading Conservatoires of Music and he is currently head of guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.

Gary Ryan 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. In 2009 he was appointed as Assistant Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music in London where he has taught as both an instrumental and academic professor since 1996 and is also currently an examiner for the ABRSM. His innovative guitar compositions have broadened the instrument's appeal by combining traditional classical technique with a rich variety of musical influences. Gary Ryan is regarded as a leading exponent of the guitar and has performed to international critical acclaim, recently becoming the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music.

Gary will be adjudicating the junior 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 2013
  • 2. The competition will be held during the West Sussex Guitar Festival Senior Day on Sunday 18th November 2012.
  • 3. The candidate shall play two or more contrasting pieces, of Grade 5 or above. The programme will last up to 7 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 - 18 at the time of the West Dean International Guitar Festival and Summer School (August 2013)
  • 6. The West Sussex Guitar Club (WSGC) will organise the Award Competition on behalf of West Dean College. The scholarship will be awarded by the Panel including Senior Day Festival Adjudicator & a representative of West Dean College
  • 7. The Adjudicator will select a winner and a runner-up. The runner-up will receive £200 towards attending the West Dean Guitar Festival. The runner up will receive full scholarship in the event that the winning candidate is unable to attend.
  • 8. The winner of the previous year's competition will not be eligible to enter the competition in the following year.