03 December 2017

Jon Gjylaci

Regarded by The Guardian as ‘’impressively expert” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as ‘’a highly talented player’’, Albanian-born Jon Gjylaci is in increasing demand as a performer due to his wide ranging repertoire, “brilliant interpretations”, “compelling quality to his guitar playing” and his ability to connect with the audience.
Jon has performed in concerts and recitals across the UK as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent performances include venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall, The Bridgewater Hall and Newcastle Cathedral to name but a few. Jon was invited to Manchester Guitar Circle’s 70th Anniversary Concert where he performed alongside the celebrated Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang. He has also given solo recitals and master classes in Greece and Albania.
Jon’s busy schedule this year included several world premiere performances of new guitar works written especially for him such as Ray Kohn’s ‘Dances in the Dark’ and Mark Houghton’s ‘Sonatine’ for solo guitar. During this season he has performed Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ and ‘Fantasia para un Gentilhombre’ with RTSH Symphony Orchestra of Albania and Bolton Chamber Orchestra.
Jon has released two critically acclaimed solo guitar albums and Classical Guitar Magazine has commented on his “…very impressive technical ability, which enables him to flash around the fingerboard in an apparent effortless manner."
The Guardian wrote ‘’…when in the impressively expert hands of Greek-Albanian Jon Gjylaci, [the guitar’s] versatility is immediately apparent.’’
He was recently selected by the BBC Radio 3 as one of their ‘BBC Classical Introducing Artists’ and has been interviewed and performed live on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’. Jon was also a leading feature in Classical Guitar Magazine Spring 2017 issue.
Jon was awarded the Edward Boyle Scholarship and Musicians' Benevolent Funds Award to study at the Royal Northern College of Music. He studied under the internationally acclaimed guitarist Craig Ogden, gaining his Bachelor of Music degree and his Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with distinction. Jon plays a 2007 Greg Smallman and he is currently a tutor in guitar at the JRNCM and Bolton School.


Mauro Giuliani – Grande Ouverture Op.61
Isaac Albeniz – Asturias (Leyenda), from ‘Suite Espanola’ Op.47, No.5
Rumores de la Caleta, from ‘Recuerdos de Viaje, Op.71, No.6
Mark Houghton – Sonatine, for solo guitar
Django Reinhardt – Nuages (arr. Roland Dyens)
Gary Ryan – Hot Club Français 


Helen Walker – Five Divertissements
Roland Dyens - Libra Sonatine:
· India
· Largo
· Fuoco
Antonio Jobim/Vinicious de Moraes – Felicidade (arr Roland Dyens)
Gary Ryan – Benga Beat

03 September 2017

Valerie Hartzell

Valérie Hartzell began her classical guitar studies on a half-size Ramirez at the age of three. At the age of six, she studied with maestro Alexandre Lagoya at the Académie Internationale d’Eté in Nice, France.
She has performed in Europe, Canada, the U.S. and has appeared on television in Nice, FR and Houston, TX. She has also been featured on National Public Radio in Texas and Alaska, the show “Women in Music” which is broadcast on CKWR, 98.5 FM Canada, U.S. syndicated radio show, Classical Guitar Alive! and on the BBC Radio in the UK. She has been featured in several guitar magazines and newspapers including Bedfordshire The Oracle (UK), Bedfordshire on Sunday (UK), Anchorage Daily News (Alaska, USA), Warrington Guardian (UK), Soundboard Magazine (US), Classical Guitar Magazine (UK), and Gendai Magazine (Japan).
She has performed in over 30 festivals, including the 2010 ChamberArt Music Festival in Madrid, Spain, the Annual Classical Guitar Fall Festival in Oneonta, NY, the Pennsylvania Academy of Music Festival where she shared the stage with Eliot Fisk, Guitaromania in Agen, France, and at the Menil Community Arts Festival Performance at the Rothko Chapel. Most recently, she was the only classical musician to be picked for the BBC Introducing Stage to perform at the Latitude Festival.
Hartzell has been featured as a guest soloist for the New York City Classical Guitar Society, the Grand Canyon Guitar Society, the Performing Arts Society of Kenai, Alaska, the Oxford Guitar Society in England, the Manchester Acoustic Guitar Society in England, the Liverpool Guitar Society, at Arizona State University, at University of Alaska at Anchorage, at Peck School of the Arts (University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin), and Clare Hall at Cambridge University. Recently, she gave an eleven-concert tour of Alaska as part of Duo Amiche (with mezzo-soprano & pianist, Tamara McCoy) and a seven-concert tour of England, including a London debut.
She is a prizewinner in 8 international competitions including 1st prizes at the 10th International Guitar Competition “Simone Salmaso” in Italy and at the Concours de Guitare Classique Heitor Villa-Lobos in France.
Ms. Hartzell has a Bachelor’s from Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Manuel Barrueco on scholarship and a Master’s Degree from Radford University in Virginia where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship.
She has two recordings; Ex Tenebris Lux, a solo project and Presti, an ensemble project, which were both recorded at the National Public Radio studios in Houston.
Currently, Hartzell lives in Bedfordshire where she maintains an active concert career both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She is also the Musical Director of the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra, UK and the Artistic Director of the annual “Classical Minds” International Guitar Festival and Competition held in Houston, Texas. www.valeriehartzell.co.uk


Asturias (Leyenda) Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
arr. Segovia/Hartzell
Dawn at Ynys Goch Mark Houghton (b. 1959)
Sonata III Manuel Ponce (1882-1948) I. Allegro Moderato
II. Chanson III. Allegro non troppo
Ex Tenebris Olga Amelkina-Vera (b 1976) 


Prelude from Cello Suite No 1 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
arr. Hartzell
Eleanor Rigby Lennon/McCartney
Here, There, and Everywhere arr. Hartzell
Last Tango Mark Houghton
Recuerdos de la Alhambra Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
Marieta (Mazurka)
Maria (Gavotte)
Fuoco from Libra Sonatine Roland Dyens (b. 1955)

05 March 2017


Mascarade is

David Parsons – Baroque Lute and Theorbo 
Nikki Wilkinson – Baroque Flute

Nikki Wilkinson started studying the flute, aged 13, in Bristol with Carole Jenner-Timms and later with Averil Williams in London. After completing a performer’s diploma in modern flute, she became interested in and was captivated by historical flute performance and has studied the baroque flute with Philippe Allain-Dupré, Wilbert Hazelzet and Masterclasses with Rachel Brown. She particularly enjoys performing with Duos and chamber ensembles and now specialises in the Baroque Flute
Her boxwood flute is made by Philippe Allain-Dupré, Paris, in 2009 (A 415) based on Denner (outside) and Stanesby (inside) and a grenadilla copy of the Hotteterre ‘Berlin’ flute (A 392) made by Giovanni Tardino, Basel in 2013. 

David Parsons studied at the Royal College of Music as a pupil of Diana Poulton. Following a successful Wigmore Hall debut he has toured widely in Europe, Scandanavia and the USA. He has broadcast in London, Los Angeles, Oslo, and Munich and presented a recital of Lute music for Spanish Television.
His recent CD releases have included Elizabethan Lute Music, 18th century ‘galant’ chamber music with his trio, The Haydn Lute Trio and the music of the 19th guitar virtuoso Fernando Sor together with the soprano Evelyn Tubb.


Sonata in E Minor: G.F. Handel 1685-1759
Grave. Allegro,Adagio,Allegro.

(from flute sonata in E Minor) J.S. Bach 1685-1750

Suite in F Major:

Prelude,allemande,Courante,Sarabande,Gigue - Sylvius Weiss 1687-1750 (Baroque Lute)

Suite in A minor:  Robert de Visee 1655-1732
allemande, courante, sarabande,gavotte,mascarade

Allemande Robert de Visee 1655-1732 - (Solo Theorbo)


Sonata in G Minor:  Pietro Locatelli 1695-1764


Beaches Suite: David Parsons
Bakio,Labenne,Biaritz,Donostia,NW cross current,Zarautz

05 February 2017

An evening of local talent

Tonight's concert will be shared by members and friends of Ealing Guitar Society.

You are invited to bring food and drinks to share.  Admission for this event is £5 for those taking part and for those who wish simply to sit back and enjoy.


Richard Clark 

Andantino (Opus 2, No 3)              Fernando Sor
Vals (Opus 8, No 4)                        Agustin Barrios Mangoré
From the Beginning/The Sage        Greg Lake 

Molly and Rob Frost

1: Last Thing on my mind - Tom Paxton
2: Proud Mary - Creedance Clearwater Revival
3: Hotel California - The Eagles
4: Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Newman

Bach - Prelude 1st cello suite
Sor - Fantasie
Ye banks and braes (trad. Scottish)

Petros Andreou

Domenico Cimarosa sonatas number 1 and 3
Serenade by Schubert 
Traumerei  by  Schumann

Mike Fox 

a medley of Frank Zappa's tunes -  

Dog Breath
Let's Make The Water Turn Black
Harry You’re a Beast
Oh No
Orange County Lumber Truck
Big Swifty
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance