Thursday 7 April 2022

Manchester Guitar Festival: Sean Shibe, Craig Ogdon, the Ukulele Uff Trio, flamenco and more

The Manchester Guitar Festival at Stoller Hall, 20-22 May 2022 is a celebration of all things guitar from classical and jazz, acoustic, electric and flamenco. Opening the festival will be guitarist Sean Shibe, who will be pairing music for classical guitar by Bach and Mompou with two works for electric guitar, Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint and Julia Wolfe’s LAD, originally composed for nine bagpipes and arranged by Shibe for the electric guitar.

Other performers over the weekend include the Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company, and the Spanish theme continues throughout the festival with Spanish food and drink available. The Northern Chamber Orchestra is joined by Australian guitarist, Craig Ogden, as well as students from Chetham's School of Music for Malcolm Arnold's Guitar Concerto and music by RVW, Grainger, Sculthorpe and Elgar. There will also be performances from two guitarists who are former Chetham’s School of Music students Whitford Rees and Alexandra Whittingham. 

Moving away from classical entirely, there are performances Rochdale born percussive "fingerstyle" guitarist Becky Langhan, up-and-coming folk guitarist Gwenifer Raymond and the joyous Ukulele Uff Trio, who specialise in obscure and wonderful 1920s/30s jazz, Tin Pan Alley songs and traditional Hawaiian music.

There are workshops and talks, and even an Early Years Flamenco Workshop complete with story-telling, music and art where pre-school aged children and their families can learn about the artform.

Full details from the Stoller Hall website.

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