2:00 PM14:00

Guitar Gathering

Dan McKay and student will feature at this Guitar Gathering.
Members and non-members are welcome to come and play and/or listen. 
This is a great opportunity for all students to air their pieces in a friendly and highly-supportive environment.
Venue: North Balwyn Baptist Church, 136 Doncaster Rd., Balwyn
Members $0/ non-members $10 (includes arvo tea)
 If you are interested in playing please register your interest by contacting Paul Nash on 0413 059 960..

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2:00 PM14:00

Guitar gathering

  • 136 Doncaster Road Balwyn North, VIC, 3104 Australia (map)
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The Classical Guitar Society’s next Guitar Gathering will take place on Saturday 4 May at the North Balwyn Baptist Church, from 2-4 pm.

Members and non-members are welcome to come and play and/or listen. 

With the forthcoming AMEB exam sessions commencing shortly, this is a great opportunity for all students to air their pieces in a friendly and highly-supportive environment.

North Balwyn Baptist Church 
136 Doncaster Rd Balwyn

Members $0/ non-members $10 (includes arvo tea)

 If you are interested in playing please register your interest by contacting Nadia Sartori on 0466 249 259.

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3:00 PM15:00

Guitar Gathering: Feature: Nadia Sartori and students

Come along to our first new-style Guitar Gathering. The feature at this gathering will be Nadia Sartori, who has studied extensively overseas. She will ask a number of her students to play their latest pieces.

Hosting the event will be our President, Paul Nash.

In addition, members and new arrivals will be also able to play by registering either before the event (i.e. text Paul Nash on 0413 059 960) or at the event. Playing is really reserved for members, so join up if you want to play.

Non-members, are welcome, but will be asked for an entry fee of $10.

Bring along your latest pieces. Paul is planning to play an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion.

See you there.

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4:00 PM16:00

GO at Mpaviliion

After the success of the Victorian Guitar Orchestra’s debut MPavilion performance in 2017, the VGO returns to showcase another spectacular ‘guitars en masse’ event, as they immerse audiences in a wash of resonant harmonies and pulsating rhythms. Directed by Benjamin Dix of the Melbourne Guitar Quartet, the VGO program comprises a collection of contemporary inspired compositions that showcase the unique voice of the guitar through a range of colours, interweaving textures as well as evocative and life affirming melodies.

Whether you’re a guitar enthusiast, a seasoned concert aficionado or even a concert first-timer, you’re sure to enjoy this guitar orchestra like no other, in a space like no other.

This is a free event.

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5:00 PM17:00

CGSV Annual General Meeting - NB venue and time change

  • 10 Driftwood Close Seabrook VIC 3028 Australia (map)
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Please note there is a change of venue and time for this year’s AGM.

You are invited to the Society's Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Members and non-members are all welcome.
Bring your guitar and participate in a member playing session.
Just register your intention to play by messaging Paul Nash on 0413 059 960. Include the pieces you wish to play.There will be a time limit of 5 minutes per person or 8 minutes per group.
The current Committee is as follows:
President: Paul Nash
Secretary: David Aitken
Vice-President: Susan Ellis
Treasurer: Bill Sinclair
Committee Member: John Griffiths
Committee Member: Pierre Herrero
Committee Member :Nadia Sartori
Committee Member :Zeah Riordan
The President, will present a short overview of the achievements of the year and a summary of the plans for 2019. The Treasurer will also present the financial report.
If you wish to nominate for a position on the 2019 Committee send a Completed Committee Nomination Form to paul@nashcc.com.au as soon as possible.

NB To vote or to be on the Committee you have to be a paid up member of the Society. To become a member or re-new, go to this link. Membership application.

If you can't make the meeting you can send a proxy.
Light supper will be provided.
Come along and join the fun!!

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3:00 PM15:00

Alirio Diaz on Toast

This event is a celebration of the contribution to the guitar world by the master Venezuelan guitarist, Alirio Diaz.

Come and hear some of the wonderful music that he arranged or was dedicated to him. In addition, a number of pieces he played during his long career will be featured.

Performers include Susan Ellis, Sophie Marchef, Nadia Sartori, Alex Velasco, Zeah Riordan, Ben Dix, Meredith Connie, Sergio Ercole and Paul Nash.

Bookings (click here)

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2:30 PM14:30

The Phillip Houghton Musical Celebration Concert

The Classical Guitar world was shocked and saddened by the recent passing of renowned Australian guitarist and composer Phillip Houghton. His music inspired many guitarists and music lovers around the world. Eminent guitarist, John Williams, has premiered and recorded his work. The Australian Guitar groups Guitar TrekThe Melbourne Guitar Quartet, and Saffire have all played his works.
This event has been organised by the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria (www.cgsv.org) to celebrate Phil’s wonderful music. The President, Dr. Paul Nash, will be your Master of Ceremonies for the occasion.
Performers will include the Melbourne Guitar Quartet (MGQ), Dan McKay, Daniel Nistico, the recently formed Ladies Quartet (Nadia Sartori, Zeah Riordan, Tania Ravbar, and Alexandra Velasco), Evangelos Karavitis, John Mills, Gerard Mapstone, and Jemma Lee Donovan.
In addition, special video tributes will be presented by Karin Schaupp (Brisbane), The Agostino Duo and Sydney Guitar Trio (Sydney), and the Z.o.o Guitar Duo (The Netherlands). 
We hope you can join us to celebrate this brilliant and creative composer’s contribution to world of Australian music.

Upper Gallery, Sunday 17 December, 2:30pm

$37 Adults
$32 Concession
$32 Friend of Montsalvat

Ticket price includes Devonshire Tea during interval
Bookings are essential as places are limited. To book, call Montsalvat on (03) 9439 7712


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4:00 PM16:00

Victorian Guitar Orchestra and the Melbourne Guitar Quartet


RESONANCE at MPavilion Immerse yourself in a wash of interweaving sonic textures, pulsating rhythms and sonorous harmonies with Resonance, a musical exploration by the Victorian Guitar Orchestra.
Joined on stage by the Melbourne Guitar Quartet, one of Melbourne’s leading chamber ensembles, the Victorian Guitar Orchestra performs Resonance—an event for everyone from guitar enthusiasts to seasoned concert aficionados and concert first-timers.
This ‘guitars en masse’ spectacular celebrates a collection of modern-Australian and world-music inspired compositions, as well as echoing classic sounds through reinventions of works by Monteverdi and Vivaldi. Come to MPavilion for a string orchestra like no other.

MPavilion Link


MPavilion is an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, supported by City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria, through Creative Victoria and ANZ. Every year the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions an outstanding architect to design a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct.  A new civic space, a cultural laboratory and an event hub, each MPavilion brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month-long program of talks, workshops, performances and installations, and more, from October to February. MPavilion spotlights Melbourne as the creative and design capital of Australia, and with Melbourne as a world renowned leader in liveability, MPavilion continues to foster discussion and debate about the role design, architecture and culture have in creating a city that is liveable, creative and equitable. MPavilion 2017 is designed by OMA / Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten. Creators of modern architectural icons, OMA is a prolific international practice of worldwide distinction and influence. MPavilion 2016 was designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, award-winning architect and practice of distinction based in India – its permanent home is at Melbourne Zoo. MPavilion 2015 was designed by AL_A, the studio of Stirling Prize–winning architect Amanda Levete, and now has a permanent new home in Melbourne’s Docklands. The 2014 MPavilion was designed by Australian firm Sean Godsell Architects, and can be visited at Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum. MPavilion’s 2017 program has been put together by creative director Robert Buckingham, deputy creative director Jessie French and producer Sara Savage.

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3:00 PM15:00

Meredith Connie: CD Launch

Fairy Tales, Monsters and Wild Animals for Solo Guitar

"The program is based around the major new work for guitar and narration, In the Wild, by Meredith Connie, and will be complemented by works that are themed around fantastical worlds and things that go bump in the night (works by Stepan Rak, J.K Mertz, Phillip Houghton).  It’s a fun, dynamic program and has gotten great responses from audiences for it’s ageless appeal and programmatic elements."

Here is a video of three lovely pieces by Phillip Houghton that help describe the mood of the concert, from his "Gothica:  A book of Spooks and Spectres"

Admission is on a sliding scale (pay what you can afford)
with the recommended prices of the CGSV of:

$25 full price $20 Concession (members of CGSV and Musical Society of Victoria and card holders), children and students 16 and under are free. 

All those who attend will be able to purchase the new CD for a reduced cost of $20.

www.meredithconnie.com     www.youtube.com/meredithconnie

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3:00 PM15:00

Andres Segovia Memorial Concert 2017

2017 marks the 30th year of the passing of Andres Segovia in 1987. This event is a celebration by the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria of the contribution to the Classical Guitar by the great maestro Andres Segovia.

Performers will include, John Griffiths, Meredith Connie (having just returned to Australia from the US), The Johnston Duo., Shaun Purkiss, Michael MacManus, The Duo consisting of Nadia Sartori and Tania Ravbar, Dan Nistico, and Paul Nash (the President!)

On display at the event will be various items of Segovia Memorabilia including Books, Music, Vinyl records etc. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own Segovia memorabilia!

Here is a preview of the work "Segovia" by Ida Presti that Meredith Connie will be playing at the concert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liGNAZJz6jo

Light supper will be provided.

Tickets: Adult: $25, Concession: $20, Family: $60
Bookings: https://www.ticketbookings.com.au/book/classicalguitar/segovia/3140

Venue: St Stephen's Anglican Church

Address: 360 Church Street, Richmond, 3121

Map: St Stephens

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