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Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October 2017

The 10th Cambridge Guitar Weekend will take place on the weekend of 29 September / 1 October 2017: A weekend of ensemble playing for classical guitarists of all ages and abilities.

A focal point of the weekend is the Guitar Orchestra but there will also be classes for smaller ensembles such as guitar duos, trios and quartets. For applicants without a playing partner(s) there will be an opportunity to form a duo (see application form) and suitable pairings will be organised on arrival. Existing duo partnerships along with trios or quartets attending the course, may offer their own repertoire, but this must be indicated on the application form. All the music required will be made available one month before the course allowing some advance preparation.

The Weekend starts with a welcome reception at 6.00pm on Friday (students may arrive at any time after 4.00pm) and ends after the student ensemble concert on Sunday afternoon. A recital for course members and invited guests by Musical Director Valerie Hartzell takes place on Saturday evening.

Buckden Towers is of considerable architectural and historical interest being first mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086 when it was described as a manor belonging to the Bishop of Lincoln. Between the 12th and 15th centuries the site was further developed and while several buildings from this period, including the Great Tower and the Inner Gate House have survived, most of estate dates from the 1870s and is the work of the fashionable Victorian architect Col. Sir Robert Edis. Located in the lovely village of Buckden close to the A1 and just south of the interchange with the A14, Buckden Towers is easily accessible from East Anglia, the Midlands and South Yorkshire and is approximately one hour from North London and the M25.

Accommodation is offered on a first come first served basis and fees which include full board, tuition and admission to the Saturday concert are as follows:

  • Three bed apartment shared occupancy: £245
  • Single room (not en-suite): £220
  • Single occupancy twin room en- suite: £255
  • Shared occupancy twin room en-suite: £225
  • Single occupancy twin room (not en-suite): £225
  • Shared occupancy twin room (not en-suite): £205
  • Non-residential (incl all meals): £165
  • Non-playing partners special rates by negotiation

To apply, please return a completed application form; you can download the application form here .

A non-refundable deposit of £60 per person is required (by June 1st at the latest please) to secure a place on the course. The full fee must be paid by Sept 1st.

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