The Cardiff Guitar Festival team is committed to inspiring a real enthusiasm for music making in guitarists young and old. With our annual festival of outstanding professional concerts, and inspiring workshops we aim to provide the best possible experience for our participants.

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T: (029) 2063 8059

E: cardiffguitarfestival@gmail.com

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Cardiff Music School

Chapter Arts Centre 

Market House

Cardiff

CF5 1QE

OUR MISSION >

OUR FESTIVAL TEACHERS

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Gerard Cousins

Gerard has performed in festivals and concert halls around the world, from the Purcell Room and Milton Court in London to Europe, South America and the Middle East. Releasing 4 CDs, each one focusing on a different area of music from traditional Spanish repertoire to his original compositions and unique re-imaginings of traditional Welsh music.

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Hannah Woollacott

Hannah was awarded a First Class Honours degree from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire after studying there on the undergraduate course under the tuition of Mark Eden and Mark Ashford (Eden Stell Guitar Duo and Vida Guitar Quartet). She is currently studying performance as part of the Alma Guitar Trio on the Masters Course at the Conservatoire.

William Browne

Will has performed across the world in Finland, Italy, China, Singapore, and the UK. As a teacher, Will works on many outreach projects, as well as working at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Junior Department, and as a guitar teacher at Cardiff University.

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Shannon Latoyah-Simon

Shannon is studying for a Master’s degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she regularly performs as a soloist. Shannon also thoroughly enjoys participating in chamber music and is part of many mixed chamber ensembles. She has recently obtained her degree in Sound Medicine, Sound Therapy and Nāda yoga with the Vibroacoustic Therapy Association.

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Chris Roberts

Chris graduated from Cardiff University in 2017 with first-class honours the Neville John String Prize, and the Concerto prize. He is currently studying for a Masters in performance as a scholar at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Mark Eden.

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Brian Firkins

Brian Firkins is a guitarist and music educator who established Cardiff Guitar School in 1998. He possesses both Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has over twenty years’ experience teaching children and adults.

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Evangelos Nikolaidis

Evangelos is Chairman of the South Wales Guitar Society and an active performer, giving numerous concerts in the UK and abroad. Winning first prize in the International Guitar Competition of Gyumri in Armenia. 

Lucas Hughes

Lucas studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under John Mills, Chris Stell, and Graham Anthony Devine, and has over 20 years teaching experience. An outstanding player and performer, he will be leading workshops, ensembles. 

Chris Ackland

Chris studied 4 years at the Royal Academy of Music with Hector Quine, and Michael Lewin. Regular recital work followed, both Solo and Chamber, including St. Johns Smith Square, Llandaf Cathedral and participation in master classes with David Russell, Simon Dinnegan and many others. Teaching posts have included Reading and Swansea Universities, 

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Stuart Ironside

Stuart is a graduate of Cardiff University and is an experienced solo and ensemble performer. Playing in a variety of venues around Cardiff and the South of England, including St. Davids Hall  As a composer, he has had works performed by John Burgess, the European String Teachers Association, Retorica Violins and Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group.

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Kate Parry

Kate is currently studying classical guitar with Helen Sanderson and John Mills at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and works as a mentor for

the National Youth Guitar ensemble.

Fernando Aguera

Fernando has been teaching guitar for over 14 years and received an MMus with Distinction at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under a full international scholarship. Previously, he graduated at the School of Music and Fine Arts of Parana, Brazil, studying with the Professor Mario da Silva Jr.

Join us for 9 days of Guitar excellence

23rd to 31st July 2019