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Classical Guitar Course – Thursday

IGF Guitar Summit 2018: 19 – 22 July

Thu 19 Jul 2018

Classical Guitar Course – Thursday

IGF Guitar Summit 2018: 19 – 22 July

Thursday Schedule
9.30am – 10.30am Registration
10.30am – 11am Tea/coffee break
11am – 12pm Guitar orchestra conducted by Tom Kerstens
12pm – 1.15pm Lunch break
1.15pm – 2.15pm Lecture by leading guitar maker Gary Southwell
2.30pm – 5.30pm Masterclasses by Michael Lewin, individual lessons by Tom Kerstens and Kevin Cahill

This summer, the world’s greatest guitarists will gather in the heart of London. Join these guitar legends for four-day festival and summer school offering concerts, masterclasses and lectures.

Take advantage of this unique chance to study for four days with these legends of the guitar. You’ll get the chance to hear them play, spend time with them and other guitar enthusiasts, and perform in the final student concert, be part of the ultimate guitar experience!

The course is run in a masterclass format where one student plays for the tutors listed below. Full course players will receive three 30 min lessons and can submit three choices of tutors of which we guarantee one. Participants on the full course can also participate in the guitar orchestra and the student concert and attend the evening concerts for a saver ticket. Booking is run on a first come, first served basis.

This course is also available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with varying schedules.


£425 Player (full course 4 days),  Early Bird (up to end of May): £395
£325 Observer (full course 4 days), Early Bird: £295
£150 Player (one day), Early Bird: £125
£90 Observer (one day), Early Bird: £80


Tom Kerstens (course leader and guitar orchestra conductor) is one of the foremost figures in the world of the guitar in his role as performer, recording artist and artistic director of IGF. He specialises in new music and has commissioned 85 new works by leading mainstream composers.

Michael Lewin is Head of Guitar at the Royal Academy of Music where he has taught a large number of outstanding guitarists including Rafael Aguirre, Miloš Karadaglić, Xuefei Yang, Fabio Zanon and many others. He is Chairman of the Ivor Mairants and New Elizabethan Awards administered by the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and a Freeman of the City of London.

Kevin Cahill (assistant course leader) studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating with a BMus (Hons) in Classical and Contemporary Guitar. He has since then formed the Glasgow Guitar Quartet and has performed throughout the UK and Europe.

Gary Southwell is one of the world’s foremost guitar makers and is a leading expert in 19th century romantic guitars, having produced groundbreaking work on the guitars of that period.  Southwell is also known for his stunning new designs, in particular his iconic A Series guitars. His client list includes an eclectic mix of the finest musicians, from classical maestros Julian Bream and John Williams to pop stars, Paul Simon and Sting. You can follow his work at or the Southwell Guitars Facebook page.

Date & start time:Thu 19 Jul 2018 – 10am
Venue:Kings Place

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