Summer School: 28 July - 3 August 2013

Dillington House
Dillington House

Guitarists on the Course
Participants in 2004, with the Groningen Duo

Now in its 19th year, this Summer School offers a wide-ranging programme of ensemble playing for classical guitarists of all ages and abilities. The emphasis is on participation, with students working in a non-competitive and supportive environment but please note the course is not suitable for complete beginners.

In 2013, course director Peter Rueffer will be joined by guest tutor Lydia Hepworth as well as regulars Arne Brattland and Steve Marsh. Students work in small ensemble groups (8–10 players) and in a guitar orchestra (30+ players).  Parts range in difficulty from intermediate (grade 3) to advanced (grade 8+), and are allocated in accordance with students' technical standard and music reading ability (based on a standard of play questionnaire).

In addition, students may wish to participate in a performance class given by the Agostino Duo (guitar duet). A timetable for the week together with all the music required for the course will be made available approximately one month before the course allowing some advance preparation to be made.

Participants performing in a lunchtime concert

There will be performance opportunities for all in daily lunchtime recitals as well as in the student ensemble concert on the last day.

A party for students and invited guests follows this concert and marks the end of the course. A comprehensive selection of sheet music, recordings and accessories will be on sale throughout the week.

  Participants relaxing (in typical fashion) at the Friday evening BBQ

Peter Rueffer has a wide experience as a performer that ranges from duo partnerships with guitarists Jason Carter and Jeff Rodrigues, to concerts with Gilbert Biberian’s “Omega” and a career spanning some twenty five years as a founder member of the Pro Arte Guitar Trio. With the PAGT he has made several CDs and given numerous broadcasts and concerts throughout Europe and the UK including many recitals at London’s Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. His work as an arranger for guitar ensemble is well known and his settings for guitar orchestra were awarded first prize at the biennial Kirklees National Guitar Orchestra Competition on three successive occasions in 1998, 2000 and 2002. He is currently musical director of the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra and guitar tutor at Bedford Modern School.

The Dillington Guitar Festival: 28 July – 1 August 2013

The Dillington Guitar Festival, which runs concurrently with the Summer School, is a series of public concerts devoted to the guitar played in various ensemble combinations. Tickets to all concerts are included in the course fee for both residents and non-residents.

8.00 pm Arctic Guitar Trio
Arne Brattland, Trond Davidsen, Jarl Stromdal
Programme includes works by Grieg, Villa Lobos & Piazzolla
8.00 pm
Latin Impressions
Pro Arte Guitar Trio
Peter Rueffer, Jeff Rodrigues, Gerard Cousins + special guest Lydia Hepworth
Programme includes works by Albeniz, Ginastera, Chick Corea and Pat Metheny
8.00 pm Under the same Sky
Duo Agostino
Janet and Raffaele Agostino
A programme of music from Australia and South America
8.00 pm Prague Guitar Quartet
Marek Veleminsky, Vaclav Kucera, Jan Tulacek, Patrick Vacik
Programme includes works by Debussy, Sor and Janacek
8.00 pm Tetra Guitar Quartet
Stephen Goss, Stewart French, Carl Herring, Graham Roberts
Programme includes works by Dowland, Elgar and Tetra’s new arrangement of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess

Contact and enquiries for the Dillington Summer School and Guitar Festival

Students requiring further information about the course content and structure should contact Peter Rueffer direct at: Tel 44 (0) 1763 241215 or email:

All enquiries concerning fees, accommodation, guests, visitors and the Festival should be made direct to the Bookings Office at Dillington House. Tel: 01460 258613 email:

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