“The sixth Classical Guitar Retreat takes place in the summer of 2014 at the Cathedral of the Isles on the Island of Cumbrae off the west coast of Scotland.
CGR is a unique course set on a beautiful Scottish Island with some of the very best performers and educators working to guide, educate and inspire students of the Classical Guitar!“
“I am delighted to welcome you to the CG Retreat website, have a look around, check out the Teachers, Course & Concerts sections and learn more about this unique event.
CGR 2014 has been extended by a full day and is packed with classes, lessons, chamber workshops, guitar orchestra, concerts and lectures. If you have any questions email or give me a call. I look forward to seeing and hearing you in July!”
Artistic Director Matthew McAllister
Highlights of the 2014 CGR are the Scottish Debuts of the Swedish Guitarist Composer Johannes Möller and the French virtuoso Gabriel Bianco. Both Johannes and Gabriel are first prize winners of the illustrious GFA International Competition and are artists of the very highest level.
As always CGR presents a very international and hugely experienced Teaching Team alongside a wonderfully diverse Concert Series. This year is no different featuring performances and classes by Johannes Möller, Gabriel Bianco, Allan Neave, Vladislav Bláha, Gabriel Guillén and Peter Stewart alongside chamber music workshops from Aisling Agnew and Guitar Duo Coaching from the Amadeus Guitar Duo
The Classical Guitar Retreat is open to all students of the classical guitar. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced player the course will offer you a great opportunity to advance your guitar playing and musicianship.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and panoramic views the Cathedral & College offer the opportunity for students & enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the classical guitar and it’s music. The sublime acoustic and intimacy of the Cathedral of the Isles lends itself to the classical guitar and ensures that every concert will be a magical one for both audience & performer. The stunning location and tranquil atmosphere of the Cathedral of the Isles is the perfect place for students to express their talents and be inspired!
“As far as setting is concerned, Cumbrae’s Cathedral can most certainly be counted among the best that festivals worldwide have to offer.” Guy Traviss, Classical Guitar Magazine
“The retreat was truly a unique experience. The setting on this quaint little island with its lovely cathedral was unlike any other guitar gathering I have attended.” Janice Pena, Soundboard
Below you can watch video reviews of the course and catch a glimpse of the incredible artistry of the teachers and performers. You can watch more videos, look at photography and read reviews of the 2009 & 2010 courses in the Media Archive.
Telephone: +44(0)7910 471 486
The Isle of Cumbrae is easily reached from Largs by making a short 10-minute ferry trip.
There are excellent transport connections to Largs from Glasgow and its environs. Largs is around an hour by road, rail, car or bus from Glasgow city centre, Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick airports.
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