Guitarists Flock to Bognor Regis
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 113 entries for the under 18 classes and 80 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 and indeed spectators.
The Festival began with two full days for the under 18s. This was adjudicated by Charles Ramirez, Professor of Guitar and head of the Junior Department at the Royal College of Music. On Friday 25th November, Mark Ashford, Head of Guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music gave the Festival concert to a packed recital hall and then adjudicated the adults on the following Saturday and Sunday. The concert featured a number of splendid arrangements of popular French songs which Mark had recently recorded at the Thomas a Beckett Church at Pagham.
Classes ranged from non-competitive beginners through to advanced players. There were also ensembles including family groups, guitars with other instruments and with voice. There were even composition and arrangers' classes. Both adjudicators praised the extremely high standard of playing and it was obvious that everyone had put in a great deal of preparation towards their performances. The event is not just a competition since the adjudicators were able to advise on technique and to 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 2012, 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 again exceptionally high. The judges had a very difficult decision to make, but after long deliberation chose Torrin Williams as the winner with James Li-Kam-Tin as a worthy runner up.
The classical guitar festival is run by The West Sussex Guitar Club at 46, Sudley Road. Bognor Regis which hosts some 6 concerts each year and holds 6 club evenings where members can come along and play. The next professional concert will be given by the renowned guitarist/composer Graham Devine on Friday the 13th January at 7:30pm followed by a workshop on Saturday 14th January. For more details ring 01243 866462.
Results of Under 18s Classes
|Solo Age 12 & under||1st William Rumsey
2nd Henry Wells/Harry Gourlay
3rd Emily Wallace.
|Solo Age 12 & under, Grade III+||1st Louis Jenkin
2nd Charles Elliott.
|Solo I, under 15 & under, Grade V||1st Annie Slater
2nd Nic Haglan
3rd Amy Deller.
|Solo under 15, Grade VI+||1st Victor Smith
2nd William Morris.
|Technical perfection under 12||1st Zoe Barnett
2nd Louis Jenkin.
|Technical perfection over 13||1st Victor Smith
2nd Emily Spirit/Patrick Sowden.
|Bach Class I Age 13 and under||1st Emily Spirit/Charles Elliott
2nd Rebecca Allday.
|Bach Class age 13+||1st Patrick Sowden
2nd Victor Smith.
|Advanced Open Class||1st Torrin Williams
2nd George Robinson.
|Junior Recital I Age 13 & under||1st Emily Spirit
2nd Zoe Barnett.
|Junior Recital II Age 18 & under||1st Torrin Williams.|
|Music from Around the World||1st Curtis Strong
2nd Charles Elliott.
|Guitar duet I Age 15 & under||1st Zoe Barnett & Victor Smith Duo
2nd Harry & James Li-Kam-Tin.
|Guitar with other Instrument||1st The Scott Trio|
|Voice & guitar||1st Curtis Strong.|
|Junior Guitar Ensemble||1st SAMS Elementary Guitar Ensemble.|
|Senior Guitar Ensemble||1st SAMS Advanced Guitar Ensemble
2nd SAMS Intermediate Guitar Ensemble.
|Family Ensemble||1st Emily & Michelle Spirit
2nd Louis & Alastair Jenkin.
Results of Senior Classes
|Intermediate Class I (Up to Grade III)||Ed Parker|
|Intermediate Class II (Up to Grade VIII)||Baz Boxall|
|Bach Class||Sam Brown|
|Music Around the World||Terry Woodgate|
|Advanced Class||Laura Browne|
|Virtuoso Class||Laura Browne|
|Guitar duet advanced||The Mirror Image Duo|
|Guitar Duet Intermediate||The Beejays|
|Guitar Quartet||Gala Quartet|
|Guitar Ensemble||The Regis Guitar Ensemble|
|Ensemble Guitar with any other instrument||The Quintessential Quintet|
|Voice with Guitar accompaniment||Robin Smith|
|Any plucked instrument other than guitar||Tom Jeffers|
|Recital Class - open||Sam Brown|
|Arrangement Class||John Mason|
|Solo Guitar Composition||David Roe|
|Guitar & other instrument Composition||Nina Rideout|
|Guitar Ensemble Composition||Nina Rideout|