Introducing our new Musical Director
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
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
Valérie takes over from Peter
Rueffer, who was our Musical
Director for 20 years. During that time, the CGO has been a
the National Guitar Orchestra Competition on several occasions,
performed in Paris and in Brussels, and organised an international
guitar orchestra weekend in Cambridge.
was originally established in 1991 by Lorraine Eastwood and the late
Chris Kilvington. We perform regularly in and around Cambridge and have
concerts elsewhere in the UK.