Local Classical Guitar and Lute Societies

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Local Classical Guitar and Lute Societies

Post by David » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:12 pm

This thread aims to help members to find their local Classical Guitar society. It relies totally on information provided by members. Suggestions for additions can be made at the end of this thread. We aim to keep this first post updated, so you should find up-to-date information here.

(Where no link or contact details are given, try searching for the name in Google)

Argentina

Asociación Guitarrística de Rosario
Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina


Australia

Australian Guitarist has a link to Guitar Societies in Australia

Canberra Classical Guitar Society - Facebook page

Classical Guitar Society Western Australia

Hobart Guitar Society Facebook Page

Sydney Classical Guitar Society
Has an annual Summer School.
Also has a guitar orchestra.

Classical Guitar Society of Victoria - Facebook page
CGSV has a guitar orchestra, monthly guitar gatherings, an annual competition with the coveted "Sadie Award" as the major prize, and organizes events for local and visiting guitarists.

Classical Guitar Society of SA
c/- 19 Emmerson Drv, Morphett Vale, SA 5162
Tel: (08) 8325 1052


Belgium

Belgium Lute Academy


Brazil

VIBRA - Sociedade Violão Brasileiro

Associação de Violão do Rio - Rio de Janeiro

BRAVIO - Associacao Brasiliense de Viola, QI 25 bl. L apt. 501 - Cond. Sgton Wolff 2, Brasilia, DF 71060-250. Tel: +55 61 3567 6589 or 9968 5528. Email: bravio#bravio.mus.br, http://www.bravio.mus.br/

Fernando Sor Guitar Association, Geris Lopes Consalter, Rodovia BR 116 No. 12500, b. Sao Ciro 'brasdiesel', Caxias do Sul, RS 95055-180.


Canada

Classical Guitar Society of Calgary

Edmonton Classical Guitar Society

Montreal Guitar Society

Guitar Hamilton Hamilton, Ontario.

Ottawa Guitar Society

Société de guitare de Québec

Regina Classical Guitar Society Regina, Saskatchewan

Guitar Society of Toronto

Vancouver Classical Guitar Society

Guitar Victoria

Winniepeg Classical Guitar Society


Denmark

Dansk Guitar Selskab


France

Société Française de Luth


Finland

Helsinki Guitar Society Helsinki.

Turku Guitar Society Turku.

Kotka Guitar Society Kotka.

Tampere Guitar Society Tampere.


Germany

German Lute Society

GitarreHamburg.de gemeinnützige GmbH Hamburg.

Gitarrissimo Oberhausen.
Contact: info#gdanska.de (replace # with @ to email)


Indonesia

Padang Classical Guitar Society.
Hosted by Indonesia Music, search Padang Classical Guitar Society


Italy

Brescia guitar academy Brescia, Italy.


Japan

Lute and Early Guitar Society Japan

The Lute Society Japan

Yamaguchi Guitar Society


Lithuania

Classical & Modern Guitar Fund of Lithuania


Malaysia

Classical Guitar Society Malaysia

Alor Setar Classical Guitar Club. Contact: Chairman, Chan Kok Peng, 29 Taman Sultan Abdul Halim 05300 Alor Setar, Kedah.

Kota Kinabalu Guitar Society Contact: Secretary, Lawrence Chong, HSE No D47, Lorong Raja Udang 2A, Taman Kingfisher, 88400, Kota Kinabalu, Saba.


New Zealand

Classical Guitar Society of Auckland

New Plymouth Classical Guitar Society New Plymouth, North Taranaki


Portugal

A Legato – Associação de Arte e Guitarra de Portugal Legato. Porto.


South Africa

The Classical Guitar Society of South Africa (In the Johannesburg area).

Contact: Fritz Buss +27 (0)11-646 4904

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 87038
Houghton
Sandton
2041


Spain

La Sociedad de la Vihuela
Amigos de la Guitarra (Guitar friends), founded in 1950 in Valencia.
Sociedad Española de la Guitarra (Spanish Guitar Society), founded in 1955 in Madrid.


Sweden

The Swedish guitar and Lute Society


Switzerland

l'Association Guitare & Luth


Thailand

Bangkok Guitar Society

Thailand Guitar Society


The Netherlands

De Nederlandse Luitvereniging

Gitaarcirkel Leiderdorp


United Kingdom
England

Bristol Classical Guitar Society Bristol, UK

The Bromley Guitar Society London/Kent, UK

The Cambridge Guitar Club

Cambridge Guitar Orchestra

Canterbury Guitar Society

Chester Guitar Circle

Dorset Guitar Society

Ealing Guitar Society

East Anglian Guitarists Cambridge

Enfield Classical Guitar Society

Essex Classical Guitar Society

Essex Guitar Orchestra - every third Sunday-ish
Contact: melvyn.willin#tiscali.co.uk (replace # with @ to email)

Gloucestershire Guitar Society

Greenwood Classical Guitar Society Hampton Hill, Middlesex

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra (hago)

Hastings & Rother Classical Guitar Society
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hrcgs/

Hertfordshire Guitar Orchestra

Kingsclere Guitar Society Hampshire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kingsclereguitarsociety/

Lauderdale Guitar Society Highgate, North London

Liverpool guitar Society

Lute Society

Manchester Guitar Circle

Milton Keynes Classical Guitar Society Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Oxford Guitar Society Oxford, UK

Southampton Classical Guitar Society

South London Guitar Society
contact malc on; curlywallmusic#yahoo.co.uk (replace # with @ to email)

South Norfolk Classical Guitar Circle
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/South-Norfolk- ... 376582276/

South Yorkshire Classical Guitar Society

UK Federation of Guitar Societies

The Central England Guitar Ensemble

West Sussex Guitar Club

Wealden Guitar Society Near Tunbridge Wells

Worcester Classical Guitar Society

York Classical Guitar Society

Scotland

North East Classical Guitar Society of Scotland Aberdeen

Wales

South Wales Guitar Society Cardiff

Swansea Classical Guitar Circle

North Wales Guitar Circle Angelsey

Northern Ireland

Classical Guitar Society of Northern Ireland Belfast


Ukraine

Guitar Association of The National Ukrainian Music Union


USA

Allegro Guitar Society Dallas, Texas. Also Fort Worth and Las Vegas.

American Guitar Society Valley Glen, CA
https://www.facebook.com/pages/American ... 90?fref=ts

Guitar Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Guitar Guild

Atlanta Guitar Orchestra

The Austin Classical Guitar Society
PO Box 4072
Austin, Texas 78765

Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Baltimore, Maryland

Boston Classical Guitar Society Boston, Mass.

Boulder Guitar Society Boulder, Colorado

Carmel Guitar Society Carmel, California

Chicago Classical Guitar Society

Colorado Springs Guitar Society

Northern Colorado Classical Guitar Society

Connecticut Guitar Society

Dayton Classical Guitar Society Dayton, OH
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dayton-C ... 9032714669

Denver Acoustic Music Group Denver, CO

Grand Canyon Guitar Society Flagstaff, AZ

Guitar Fort Worth Fort Worth, Texas

Great Lakes Guitar Society Great Lakes region: Rochester - Syracuse - Buffalo, NY

Guitar Houston Houston, Texas

Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society Rhinecliff, NY

Heart of Iowa Classical Guitar Society Des Moines, IA.
https://www.facebook.com/HICGS

Jefferson Classical Guitar Society Jefferson, Oregon

Knoxville Guitar Society Knoxville, TN

Lute Society of America

Madison Classical Guitar Society Madison, WI.

The Miami Classical Guitar Society Miami, FL.

Florida Guitar Foundation Miami, FL.
https://www.facebook.com/floridaguitarfoundation

Classic Guitar Society of Michigan Livonia, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit)

Minnesota Guitar Society
P.O. Box 14986
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-677-1151

New England Guitar Society Milford, Connecticut

The New Jersey Classical Guitar Society

New York City Classical Guitar Society New York City, NY

Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York

Orange County Guitar Circle Orange, CA

Classical Guitar Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania Scranton, PA

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
2038 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Guitar Society of Phoenix Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix Guitar Society

Piedmont Classical Guitar Society Winston Salem, NC

The Portland Guitar Society Portland, Oregon

Sacramento Guitar Society Sacramento, CA

Saint Louis Guitar Society St. Louis, MO

Salem Guitar Society (Salem, Oregon)

San Francisco Classical Guitar Society San Francisco, CA

Guitar Sarasota Sarasota, FL

Seattle Classical Guitar Society Seattle, WA

South Bay Guitar Society
South Bay Guitar Society
P.O. Box 321269
Los Gatos, CA 95032
info#sbgs.org (replace # with @ to email)

Triangle Guitar Society Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Tucson Guitar Society. Tucson, AZ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tucsonguitarsociety/

Utah Classical Guitar Society Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ventura County Classical Guitar Society Camarillo, CA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/385502454980149

Tidewater Classical Guitar Society
Serving Southeastern Virginia

Wilmington Classical Guitar Society Wilmington, Delware
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Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by David » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:38 am

As the title of this thread suggests, can you tell us about a local guitar or lute society that you're a member of, or know about. We are developing a list of societies around the world for our members, the list can be found here.

The information that we're looking for is:
  • Name of Society
  • City, State, Country - particularly if it's not obvious from the name
  • Website*
  • Facebook page, if they have one.
  • Other contact details, especially if the Society does not have website
  • Something special that the society might do, e.g., run summer schools, has guitar orchestras, provide awards, etc.
* With giving website addresses the normal conventions apply, if the Society sells products via its website or is hosted by another entity that does, e.g., a music store, please do not give a direct link. Instead write the address in this form, guitarsociety.org.xx .

To those members who are not members of a guitar society, we encourage you to find out about the local group & consider joining. These societies are a great place to meet people with similar interests, they often arrange concerts & provide the opportunity for ensemble playing in a supportive environment. (While you're there you can also tell the other members about Delcamp & perhaps encourage the Society to create a link to us via their website.)
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Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by David » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:18 am

Canberra Classical Guitar Society (Australia)

The aims of the society are to promote, encourage and support music for the classical guitar (including classical, flamenco, contemporary, jazz) throughout the Canberra region through regular monthly meetings of society members, workshops, masterclasses and public concerts. The society also welcomes lute, Baroque guitar and oud players. However, you do not need to be a player to join.

Meetings are normally held on the second Sunday of each month at Wesley Uniting Church in Forrest, from 2:30-4:30 pm.

Website: http://www.classicalguitarcanberra.org.au
Telephone: 0403 640 669
Email: info#classicalguitarcanberra.org.au
Forum: http://groups.google.com.au/group/canberraguitar

NB. the email address contains '#' instead of the '@', replace this when emailing them
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werry

Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by werry » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:37 am

Great initiative :bravo:
For Belgium : none that I am aware of.
Greetings,
Werry

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Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by Gruupi » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:27 pm

Allegro Guitar Society
Dallas, Texas
http://guitarsociety.org/

The Allegro Guitar Society is in 3 cities. Dallas, Fort Worth, and Las Vegas. The original Dallas group was at one time 15 or so years ago the biggest guitar society in the world but struggled and a couple of years ago went bankrupt. The new group seems to be doing ok but the Fort Worth chapter is selling out concerts while Dallas isn't filling a third of the seats, I don't know why.

They have outreach programs in schools and libraries to get kids interested. Many of the Dallas players get together once a month for an open play at a coffee shop.

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Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by Les Backshall » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:42 pm

North Bucks Guitar Club

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK

http://www.nbgc.org.uk

Small friendly, informal club; meets monthly on Sunday evenings to play music together - ensemble mostly, plus hotspots for solos, duets etc...
Annual concert for friends and relatives in July.
New members and visitors always welcome.

Full details on website.

Les
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Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by Alan Green » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:52 pm

There are a couple of local guitar societies in Haverhill and Cambridge listed in Classical Guitar Magazine, but I've never made contact with them.

Otherwise:

Essex:
Essex Guitar Orchestra - every third Sunday-ish
Contact: melvyn.willin#tiscali.co.uk (replace # with @ to email)

Cambridgeshire:
Cambridge Guitar Orchestra - rehearsal dates on website
Contact: http://www.cgo.org.uk

Essex are slightly more anarchic, Cambridge being a bit serious (which is probably why Essex's Musical Director only has to open his mouth to speak and everybody shuts up to listen). Essex will take players at almost any level so long as they have a good knowledge of chords. Cambridge like players to be Grade 5 or above. With Essex, I've played to audiences up to 200. With Cambridge, the biggest audience I've played to is about 80. Cambridge play out more, though, which is enjoyable.

Don't forget to talk to Derek Hasted about the mighty HaGO, John Mills about Southampton, or Terry Woodgate about West Sussex - all highly respected groups.

Alan

kjluv

Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by kjluv » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:15 pm

Connecticut Guitar Societies.

http://www.ctguitar.org/

P.O. Box 1528 Hartford, CT 06144-1528 Tel: (860) 249-7041 E-mail: info#ctguitar.org (replace # with @ to email)

The society offers personal services to connect anyone seeking music instruction, concert level performers, or live music for planned events with professional guitar teachers and performers. It also presents Master Classes and workshops for players at all levels, frequently in collaboration with local educational institutions. The Society publishes a Newsletter featuring articles on the guitar and the study of the instrument; there is also a section where members may advertise classical guitars and accessories. The Society hosts a Guitar Ensemble where members of all playing skills gain performance experience. The Society produces a CD record performed by its professional members.

Tamata

Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by Tamata » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:31 pm

THE MONTREAL GUITAR SOCIETY

Non-profit organisation founded in 1995. Concerts; master-classes; festivals and various other events
of musical nature that places the classical guitar at the forefront.


Concerts and master classes
An annual program of professional concerts spotlights national and internationally known guitarists.
Open mike: Informal concerts in front of an audience ; in an informal and relaxed setting. These concerts are geared to all guitarists regardless of their level.

Web site
www.societedeguitaredemontreal.org

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Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by David » Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:27 am

werri, gruupi, Les, Alan, kjluv & tamata, thank you. I've added your suggestions to our list so far.
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Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by malc laney » Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:00 pm

I'm going to have the inaugural meeting of "South London Guitar Society" in February the first meeting will be in a Pub in Stockwell date and time T.B.A.
If anyone is in England they're welcome .Not too many virtuosi please!

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Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by Steve Kutzer » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:42 pm

Baltimore Classical Guitar Society. Baltimore, Maryland USA

Associated with Peabody and Manuel Barrueco. They have a concert series, open stages and master classes. It's quite marvelous.
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Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by dogonjon » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:12 am

malc laney wrote:I'm going to have the inaugural meeting of "South London Guitar Society" in February the first meeting will be in a Pub in Stockwell date and time T.B.A.
If anyone is in England they're welcome .Not too many virtuosi please!
I am considering forming a local guitar society in Mammoth Lakes CA. I'm also considering joining the towns Public Arts Commission and be a spokesman for local musicians issues. I hope to divert their attention from issues like what color to paint the buses and how many fish sculptures do we really need to how can we save the trees in the glade where they put on concerts for 10,000 people. I advocate that the town or a private partnership develop an amphitheater which will be a proper venue for the many music festivals we have each summer. The Guitar Society would serve as a good lobbying tool for leveraging the local politics and perhaps even provide the partners for the proposed amphitheater. My benefactor (Shields at The Side Door Cafe) would probably get pretty excited about this, provide the venue for our Guitar Society Meetings and bring more of the high end, big money people to the partnership. Once a venue is in place the Guitar Society can book many shows and festivals building a reputation by bringing the worlds best guitarists to town. Unfortunately the town council suffers from a bad case of "Mammoth Culture" which prevents them from making well informed public arts decisions. I don't know if I really have the means to launch a program like this but maybe if I am patient I may ultimately get to make a living performing in and promoting Guitar Society events.

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Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by Tarbaby (1953 - 2016) » Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:42 am

Thank you, Steve. Baltimore is added to the list.

Good luck with your ambitious project, dogonjon! :D

Alan

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Re: Please tell us about your local Guitar Societies

Post by Erik Zurcher » Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:08 pm

http://www.gitaarcirkelleiderdorp.nl/
Gitaarcirkel Leiderdorp - The Netherlands

Informal society of classical guitarists, organised by Diana Belfor. We meet every six weeks and share our music by playing for each other. Everybody is welcome and it is free, although home-made pies are much appreciated. See website for address.
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