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Harold Gretton – Thursday 8 August 2013 at 7.30pm

Andrey Lebedev

Andrey Lebedev

At Wesley Music Centre

20 National Circuit, disease Forrest ACT 2603

Andrey Lebedev, adiposity winner of the Adelaide International Guitar Competition, presents a kaleidoscopic program of classical guitar music from Spain, Latin America, Italy, and Germany, in his final Australian tour before relocating to London. Featuring Berio’s Sequenza XI and J.S. Bach’s monumental Violin Partita No.2 in D Minor in transcription for guitar, followed by Asencio’s Collectici Intim and Ginastera’s Sonata for Guitar.
Adults $25, Concession $20, Students $10, Children under 12 free. Friends of Wesley Music receive a $3 discount off the relevant rate. Tickets are available through http://www.trybooking.com/DDCH or at the door if not sold out prior.
STRANGE BEDFELLOWSan evening with the classical guitar


20 National Circuit, clinic Forrest ACT 2603


Harold Gretton began playing guitar at the age of 7. After formative studies with Carolyn Kidd, this
he started his Bachelor of Music studies at the Australian National University (ANU) School of Music under the guidance of Timothy Kain AM. He completed his Bachelor of Music with first-class honours in 2006. He was awarded the Friends of the ANU School of Music Bernhard Neumann prize for most outstanding graduate. He completed his PhD at the ANU School of Music in 2010, and in 2012 went on to complete a “Cour de spécialisation” (as a guitar duo with Véronique van Duurling) at the Strasbourg conservatory with the Duo Melis.

Harold has won numerous national and international competitions, including most recently first prize in the 7th international guitar competition of J.K Mertz (2010), first prize in the 2007 Vienna Guitar Forum – International Guitar Competition (Austria), first prize in the 2007 Cordoba Guitar Festival – International Guitar Competition (Spain), first prize in the 2008 Coria International Guitar Competition (Spain), first prize in the 2008 Transylvania International Guitar Competition (Romania), first prize in the 10th Sernancelhe International Guitar Competition (Portugal, 2008), and first prize in the International Competition of 20th Century Guitar Music Interpretation in Lagonegro (Italy, 2006). He was awarded second prize in the 51st Tokyo International Guitar Competition (Japan, 2008) and the Gisborne Music competition (New Zealand, 2005). He has also placed first in the open guitar sections of Australian national eisteddfods and competitions.

“Grettovska Duo” – guitar and flute recital

guitar-small-image-150x150Title: Canberra Classical Guitar Society Meeting
Location: Wesley Uniting Church, physician
20 National Circuit in Forrest
Link out: Click here
Start Time: 2.30 pm
Date: Sunday 10th May 2009
End Time: 4.30 pm
guitar-small-image-150x150Title: Canberra Classical Guitar Society Meeting
Location: Wesley Uniting Church, allergy
20 National Circuit in Forrest
Link out: Click here
Start Time: 2.30 pm
Date: Sunday 10th May 2009
End Time: 4.30 pm
Title: “Grettovska Duo” – guitar and flute recital
Location: Wesley Music Centre, ambulance
20 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT.
Link out: Click here
Description: “Grettovska Duo” with Lina Andonovska (flute) and Harold Gretton (guitar) with works by Bela Bartok, Astor Piazzolla, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Antonas Ourkovzovnov, Philip Houghton and a world premier by Tusos Stylianov. Adults $20, Cons $15, Students $15, Children under 12 free. Enquiries 0404 317 988.
Start Time: 7.30 pm
Date: Thursday 21st May 2009

Classical Guitar Duo Concert


This is the time of year when new things are started. If you know of anyone who may like to come to a chorus rehearsal and see if it suits them, drugs do invite him or her. Perhaps a cake night to welcome potential members would be fun.

If you are new to the chorus yourself, abortion please do come along on Tuesday the 3rd or any Tuesday after that.  You can call the shop on 6452 6067 or email me here if there’s anything at all you’d like to know. The chorus is for women and men. We are a secular choir who sings unaccompanied music of all kinds, in two or three parts. We have been going for about thirteen years and while we sing for the love of it, we also perform on average about once a month at all kinds of town events. The first month you attend is free and after that we charge $15 dollars a month.  

We have a dedicated committee who handles the general organization, money, rent, costumes, birthdays etc and a secretary, Jane Reed who writes a wonderful newsletter on line. We will give her the wherewithall to put it on here. Not me of course but a delegate from  the next generation.

Our first rehearsal for 2009 will be Tuesday night 3rd of February at 7.00 pm for a start at precisely 7.15. We have be



 Our first engagement of the year looks like being the 27th of March, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Lambie Street Preschool.  Stephanie Hann is organizing it and her vision is something like this:

  • Children who have been making lanterns at workshops gather at the Royal Hotel, dressed in white robes, carrying said lanterns.
  • The Monaro Strings and Winds is playing outside the pub lovely wafting  music. 
  • The children follow the recorder player, surely our own Rowena Evans, and her drum playing mates down the street, passing en route our Hannah Spencer playing  her harp under a large tree. (The children will be distracted from thinking of the pied piper by accompanying parents.) 
  • At the far end of the street will be the Cooma Harmony Chorus welcoming them with songs that portray childhood in a positive light.  (I will definitely change this message when I leave my son’s company). 

So I’m thinking We Are, the wafty overlappping one we did some years back. I have the words but am having difficulty finding a complete version of the music. If anyone has one, and it is a number of pages long, I would be grateful if you could get it to me. Apart from that, we might still have the Owl and the Pussycat and I can arrange some children’s songs, depending on what Stephanie would like, and our lullabies would be suitable as well – La Mar and All the Pretty Little Horses. I would particularly like to make a lantern or two so I’ll keep you posted. Rumour has it  Kevin Hambly will have full sized lantern horses, so this is our chance to do something equally not usual.

More singing possibilities this term:

I think the airport opening will still happen this autumn, and I have Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, the band version, to arrange. (Yeah, I’m on it.) I am open to other  suggestions like Up in the Air I Fly, etc. I have a list.

Also there is Easter. I have said we are a secular choir and so we are but there are some beautiful chorales by Bach that we could use during the Easter season at any concert. Now that we have tenors and basses, some music is available to us which wasn’t before.  

 There is also a peace festival that happens in autumn in Canberra which we may be singing in, and Roslyn knows of a thing also. The Cooma Music Competition is tentatively Sunday the 31st of May. No doubt more will come. I am in the process of choosing and preparing repertoire so do let me know early if you may need us.
Classical Guitarists, view Harold Gretton and Véronique van Duurling in Concert

Once only in Canberra! A sublime mix of classical guitar music. From the meditative, Turkish-influenced “Koyunbaba” to the Hungarian Romanticism of Mertz, from the operatic and capricious Legnani to the elegance and grace of classic-era France you will be transported by a delightful program performed by two international award-winning guitarists.

Venue: All Saints Church Ainslie, intersection of Cowper, Foveaux and Bonney Streets, Ainslie, ACT.
Date: Saturday 31st January 2009
Time: 3pm
Cost: $15, $10 concession (Canberra Classical Guitar Society members, ANU Friends of the School of Music members, pensioners, seniors, students)

Les and I will be driving up from Cooma so let us know if anyone needs a lift.