About Guitar Studies at Guildhall
Guitarists are equipped with a wide range of skills in performance and collaboration, creating dynamic and flexible musicians ready for the 21st century musical landscape.
During undergraduate study, the central part of the Guitar programme is the solo repertoire of the last four centuries. During the second year of the BMus – Bachelor of Music Honours degree, students take theorbo lessons which lead to continuo work. In Years 3 and 4, chamber music and concerto playing are essential parts of the syllabus.
Students experience comprehensive training at the highest level with a focus on performance in solo, concerto and chamber music repertoire. There are many performing opportunities plus masterclasses and talks by pre-eminent guitarists and musicians. Students are encouraged to take part in cross-departmental performances, when the opportunity arises, including participation with Historical music projects, drama, opera and orchestral events.
The department is led by the eminent and highly experienced international soloists, Robert Brightmore, Toby Carr and David Miller (a specialist in Baroque & 19th Century guitar performance). In addition William Carter teaches plucked instruments as well as core subjects in the Department of Historical Performance.
Performance and Masterclasses
Recent visiting players and lecturers have included masterclass with David Russell and Sean Shibe, plus workshops with David Jaggs (recording for guitar) and Douglas Rogers (Melody Felony - A Question of Transcription) . Previous years’ masterclasses have included Ignacio Rodes, Berta Rojas, Eduardo Martín, Maximo Pujol, David Tanenbaum, Sven Lundestad, David Starobin, Douglas Rogers and Antigoni Goni.
Guitar Open Days and Alumni Concerts
The guitar open day is an opportunity to meet the team, get to know the nature of the course and enjoy student performances. Alumni concerts often form part of the day, and all open day attendees are invited.
- 1st prize, London International Guitar Competition 2019
- Eurostrings Artist 2019-20
Agustín Castilla Avila (Guitarist/Composer)
- Annual Music Prize of the Region of Salzburg for his work The Rest is Silence, the first existing silent opera about climate change and spirituality
- President of the International Society for Ekmelic Music, Salzburg
- Director of the biannual symposium Microtones: Small is Beautiful in Salzburg (2015-21)
- Editor, Microtones: Small is Beautiful (Mackingerverlag in Austria)