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The Category Guitar Ensembles is a subset of Concert Music Ensembles. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Guitar Ensembles which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Ensemble’s Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Guitar Ensembles (or similar) do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Huntingdonshire Guitar Ensemble

 

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VISITS (to Website)57
VIEWS (of this Record)162

‘Originally established in 1991 ... We play an eclectic range of music ... Our current repertoire includes arrangements of classical music as well as pieces composed specially for guitar orchestra ... We perform regularly in Cambridge and have given concerts elsewhere in the UK ... We have approximately 20 members and welcome prospective members with suitable experience.‘

 

+ Cambridge Guitar Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)202
VIEWS (of this Record)252

‘There are relatively few classical guitar orchestras in existence compared to the many and varied groups of assorted strings, woodwind, brass and percussion which have the ability to sustain notes and employ a wide range of dynamics and tone colours. However, guitar players are very keen to show what can be done with six nylon strings stretched across a wooden box; each string can be an instrument; melody, harmony and bass lines can all be played simultaneously by one player and when those resources are shared amongst a group of players the possibilities are even greater. Chego consists of some of the best guitar players in our city and who have come together to show what can be done with such instruments and with a bit of imagination and ingenuity.’

 

+ Chelmsford Guitar Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)141
VIEWS (of this Record)230

‘Established in Cirencester in 1999 by Sandra Dukes, to create an opportunity for classical guitarists to develop their musical skills and perform as an ensemble. The Ensemble today comprises a junior, intermediate and senior section who also combine into a unique Guitar Orchestra. They have also ... an adult group which is proving very popular with guitarists of all standards coming from all over the county.’

+ Corinium Players Guitar Ensemble
VISITS (to Website)140
VIEWS (of this Record)299

Diss Guitar Ensemble (formally known as South Norfolk Classical Guitar Circle) are a group of musicians all of whom share a passion for classical guitar. The group has been meeting regularly since 2005. We enjoy playing a diverse variety of pieces both for ourselves and for others. We are always looking for opportunities to play in public so if you would like us to play for you then please get in touch. We would also love to hear from you if you share our love of playing classical guitar.’

 

+ Diss Guitar Ensemble
VISITS (to Website)156
VIEWS (of this Record)388

‘The Orchestra has been established since 2008, and our aims are: * to enable mandolin and guitar players to play music together; * to encourage the study of our instruments and music through the development of repertoires, technique, and musical understanding; * to promote public awareness through concerts and recitals. Our instruments are from the plucked string family – mainly (but not exclusively) mandolins, mandolas and guitars – and our repertoire is drawn from a wide range of musical genres spanning classical to popular, baroque to contemporary, and dipping into many different cultures along the way.‘

 

+ Edinburgh Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of this Record)362

‘Brighton's very own mandolin orchestra ... Originally playing pieces typical of mandolin orchestras from the beginning of the twentieth century, the Fretful Federation has always been expanding and developing its repertoire. We now play a wide range of material including exciting contemporary music by living composers, as well as classical and popular pieces and concertos ... The music is written in part form for mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, mandobass, percussion and guitars. We welcome new recruits playing any of these instruments or their relative bowed cousins -- the violin family -- from beginners to advanced players. We perform concerts all over Sussex and have toured abroad.’

 

 

+ Fretful Federation
VISITS (to Website)134
VIEWS (of this Record)271

‘Began in 1999. We've a reputation for unusual music presented with a real sense of fun. We aim to change our audience's perception about classical guitar! ... We play 4 different sizes of Guitar, like the different sizes in a recorder consort, brass band or string quartet. We're one of handful of guitar orchestras - free from the limitations of pitch that constrain guitar ensembles.’ ALERT ‘We’re not planning any future concerts’.

 

+ Hampshire Guitar Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)188
VIEWS (of this Record)463

‘A group composed of high standard amateur and professional guitarists. It was founded in 1993 by Tom Parsons to develop ideas he had for creating a unique sound by composing and arranging music to be performed by a large group that combined classical guitars with electric and bass guitars. The orchestra developed rapidly into a regularly performing concert group with a surprisingly big sound and a wide-ranging repertoire spanning classical, rock and world music that made for a very listenable and highly entertaining concert programme.’

 

+ Hertfordshire Guitar Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)100
VIEWS (of this Record)269

‘A chamber ensemble, formed by an enthusiastic group of amateur musicians who play the plucked string family of instruments. Our repertoire covers a wide range of classical music ... Mandolin, mandola, mandocello, acoustic guitar and bass players are always welcome.‘

 

+ London Mandolin Ensemble
VISITS (to Website)213
VIEWS (of this Record)610

‘The orchestra is a thriving musical ensemble with more than 30 dedicated musicians of varying ages, abilities and styles who all play fretted instruments. MFO prides itself on offering a unique musical experience for players and audiences; we bring together instruments not found in today’s orchestras, particularly mandolins, banjos, classical and acoustic guitars, mandolas, bass guitar and cello banjo. We welcome players of all ages and abilities who share a passion for fretted instruments; our members’ ages range from 7 to 70+ and players standards range from professional musicians to those playing less than a year.’

 

 

+ Midlands Fretted Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)159
VIEWS (of this Record)295

‘The orchestra of the Cambridgeshire Mandolin and Guitar Association ... The orchestra was established in October 2004. It comprises mandolins, mandolas, guitars and bass. New members always welcome ... We present programmes of fine original music for plucked string orchestra with some high quality arrangements.’

 

+ Moonlight Mandolin Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)122
Also indexedCambridgeshire Mandolin and Guitar Association
VIEWS (of this Record)307

'A guitar orchestra is made up of several "standard" classical guitars, plus a number of specialised instruments that extend the range of the orchestra both upwards and downwards ... Founded in 2012, we aim to promote the enjoyment of orchestral music for classical guitar. If you play classical guitar and can sight-read a simple line of music then you are most welcome to join.'

 

+ Newcastle Guitar Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)257
VIEWS (of this Record)521

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