CGF2021 CONCERTS

Thursday 28th October 2021 - 7pm Salem Chapel

Eden and Stell

Chris and Mark are Associates of the Royal Academy of Music and both currently teach at the Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The duo are D’Addario strings endorsed artists. Recording seven albums to date on BSG, Hannsler Classics and Naxos.

Their reviews included:

“The fantastic Eden Stell duo manage to extract every gram of essence from this music and re-present it tastefully and imaginatively” MusicWeb International

 

“The Eden Stell Duo played to the max!” New York Times

 

"In every respect the performances and recording are of the highest quality. The Eden- Stell Duo are one of the best dubs around. This is a landmark recording on the guitar's map." Gramophone

 

"Their performance exuded such natural vitality and joy in their skills and rapport that I was hanging on almost every note ... a riveting experience." The Independent, London

Friday 29th October 2021 - 7pm Salem Chapel

Graham Devine

Graham Anthony Devine was born in England and began his musical studies at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester studying guitar with Gordon Crosskey. At 19 years old, Graham relocated to Brazil where he lived for almost a decade giving many recitals and masterclasses throughout South America during this period.

 

In April 2002, Graham was awarded first prize at one of the guitar’s most prestigious international competitions, the Alhambra International Guitar Competition held in Alcoy, Spain. He was to repeat this success one month later by winning the first prize at the Emilio Pujol International Guitar Competition, Italy. He is the only English guitarist to win either of these competitions.

 

Graham records for NAXOS and his many CD releases, which include the music of J.S. Bach through to South American music and twentieth century repertoire, have received rave reviews worldwide. His 2005 NAXOS release, British Guitar music, was chosen as disc of the week on America’s NPR radio station and CLASSIC FM’s John Brunning commented “Graham Devine, who plays with great sensitivity, strikes me as an ideal artist to continue Julian Bream’s musical legacy.’’

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Thursday 28th October 2021 - 1pm Salem Chapel

The Reiver Duo

The Reiver Duo, comprised of baritone Jack Bowtell and guitarist Oscar Watt, is a new voice and guitar ensemble presenting the rich heritage of British song in a fresh and engaging way.  

 

After discovering a shared passion for folk songs, the pair soon set about arranging and performing their own works in and around Cardiff, and further afield. Now, after graduating, Jack, a proud northerner, and Oscar, an even prouder Scot, seek to capture the songs and traditions of the past whilst reimagining this genre for a brand new audience. This being said, the pair aren’t limited to folk music. Although Jack’s first love is English Song, he trained at the David Seligman Opera School and has performed several roles with Welsh National Opera. Similarly, Oscar focused on baroque music, arranging and performing with a wide rage of singers.

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Friday 29th October 2021 - 1pm Salem Chapel

Shannon Latoyah Simon

Shannon is a classical guitarist from Northamptonshire. She started playing the guitar at the age of 9 under the tuition of John Draper. In 2016 she completed a BMus Degree under the tuition of Mark Eden and Mark Ashford at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. She has performed in many master classes with established guitarists such as Xuefei Yang, Stephen Goss, Gary Ryan and Zoran Dukic. In September 2017 Shannon started a Masters Degree at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the tuition of Graham Anthony Devine. She graduated in 2019 with a Merit. 

 

Shannon has been involved in Experimental Music and Audio- Visual Art for most of her adult life. As well as performing regularly as a soloist, Shannon has played  with many mixed chamber ensembles and is currently Chamber Music Assistant at the Royal College of Music.

Cardiff Guitar Festival - Monday 25th to Saturday 30th October 2021

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