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Introducing our new Musical Director


Valerie Hartzell


In January 2017, Valérie Hartzell became our new Musical Director.

As performer and teacher, Valérie has a wide experience of solo, duet and ensemble work. She founded the International 'Classical Minds' festival in Houston, Texas, 11 years ago and continues to play a leading role as Artistic Director

The photo gives you a hint of Valérie's international experience. She started playing the guitar in France (aged 3!), for much of her career she was based in North America, and she came to UK just a few years ago.  In her career, she has performed widely across North America and Continental Europe, as well as UK.  (For full details, visit her web site: http://www.valeriehartzell.co.uk/ )

We are excited that Valérie has agreed to take us forward, and look forward to a great next stage in the CGO's development.

Valérie takes over from Peter Rueffer, who was our Musical Director for 20 years. During that time, the CGO has been a prize-winner at the National Guitar Orchestra Competition on several occasions, performed in Paris and in Brussels, and organised an international guitar orchestra weekend in Cambridge.

CGO was originally established in 1991 by Lorraine Eastwood and the late Chris Kilvington. We perform regularly in and around Cambridge and have given concerts elsewhere in the UK.




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