West Sussex Guitar Club

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Patrons: Gary Ryan & Fabio Zanon


WSGF 2009 - The Winners

Posted by admin on December 1, 2009

The recent West Sussex Guitar Festival, held over two weekends at The Regis School of Music, Sudley Road, Bognor Regis has been a resounding success. There were 126 entries for the under 18 classes and 59 entries for the senior sections. However, when it is considered that there were many classes for duets and ensembles, there were a very large number of participants indeed.

The Festival began with a concert on Friday evening given by Gary Ryan, Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music. The Recital Hall was packed to capacity as one of the biggest audiences ever, braved the gales and rain to see one of the country's top guitarists perform a spectrum of music ranging from the 16th Century to some of his own current compositions.

Gary was then the adjudicator for the first weekend where performances were given by the under 18's. The adjudicator for the senior classes was Hayley Savage a well respected recitalist, composer and tutor. Classes ranged from non-competitive beginners through to advanced players, ensembles including family ensembles, and guitars with other instruments and voice. There were even composer and arrangers classes. The standard of playing was extremely high and it was obvious that everyone had put in a great deal of preparation towards their performances. The audience were left in doubt that Bognor's Got Talent. The event is not just a competition since the adjudicators are able to advise on technique and demonstrate how the performances can be improved.

One of the highlights of the festival is the prestigious West Dean Scholarship which is awarded to a young person playing at grade 5 or above. The winner receives non-residential attendance at the West Dean International Guitar Festival and Summer School 2010, courtesy of West Dean College. The runner up receives a £200 bursary towards the attendance at the college awarded by the West Sussex Guitar Club. The standard of performance in this class was exceptionally high, again reflecting the amount of preparation that the students put into their performance. The judges had a very difficult decision to make, but after long deliberation chose Zak Habgood as the winner with Robert Mathias as the runner up.

Results of Junior Classes

Guitar Duet under 121st Oliver Troy & Nick Haglan
Solo under 12 up to Grade II part 11st Charles Elliot, 2nd Emily Spirit, 3rd William Morris
Solo under 12 up to Grade II part 21st Chester Jolley, 2nd Annie Slater, 3rd Louis Jenkin
Technical Perfection under 121st Victor Smith, 2nd Oliver Troy, 3rd Zoe Barnett
Bach under 131st Patrick Sowden
Junior Recital under 131st Zoe Barnett, 2nd Patrick Sowden, 3rd Jerry Williams & Victor Smith
Solo under 12 Grade III & above1st Zoe Barnett, 2nd James Andrews, 3rd Ayesha Gyening
Solo under 15 up to grade V1st Andrew Creswick, 2nd Josie Browne, 3rd Jack Scott Green
Solo under 15 above Grade Vjoint 1st Ben Davies & Peter Hopkins
Technical Perfection over 131st Peter Hopkins, 2nd Patrick Sowden, 3rd James Branchflower
Family Ensemble1st Patrick & Phillip Sowden, 2nd William and Joanna Morris, 3rd Colegate Duo
Voice with Guitar1st Jacob Loveman
Guitar with other instrument1st The Creswick Duo
Bach over 131st Sam Brown, 2nd Matthew Farrant, 3rd Adam Lack
Advanced Open Class1st Sam Brown, 2nd Robert Mathias, 3rd Simon Keet
Junior Recital1st Sam Brown, 2nd James Branchflower, 3rd Matthew Farrant & Ben Davies
West Dean Competition1st Zak Habgood, 2nd Robert Mathias

Results of Senior Classes

Intermediate Guitar Ensemble1st Chris' Ensemble
Intermediate Class I1st Roy Barron, 2nd Iain Moorey, 3rd Peter Watkins
Advanced Guitar Ensemble1st Regis Guitars
Intermediate Class II1st Ashley Nicholls, 2nd Oliver Duce, 3rd Joanna Morris
Bach Class1st Ashley Nicholls, 2nd Samuel Stormont, 3rd Patrick Butcher
World Musicjoint 1st Ray Reddick & Terry Woodgate
Duet1st Ian Burt & Debbie Burford, 2nd Jennifer Craven & Camilla Hessenburg
Guitar Quartet1st The Gala Quartet
Arrangement Class1st Debbie Burford, 2nd Sam Brown, 3rd Samuel Stormont
Advanced Class1st Kathleen Standen, 2nd Camilla Hessenburg, 3rd Philip Chapman
Virtuoso Class1st Kathleen Standen, 2nd Terry Woodgate
Recital Class1st Linda Kelsall-Barnett, 2nd Zak Habgood, 3rd Lydia Hepworth & Paul Thomas