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Monday 9 February 2018
Classical GuitarDay at Leicester MusicFest
Advanced competitions, Rob Johns Masterclass and Recital, Yvonne Bloor Ensemble Workshop and more.
Observers welcome at all events.
Adjudicators: Mark Ashford, Rob Johns, Yvonne Bloor. Eight advanced competition finalists include leading UK and European up and coming guitarists. A full day of Guitar events in Leicester - fantastic venue, refreshments all day. Come along!
Venue: English Martyrs' Catholic School, LE4 0FJ
Rob Johns is a classical guitarist and guitar teacher of considerable reputation and experience. Based in Lincoln, United Kingdom, he has performed extensively throughout Britain and has taught many students who have gone on to pursue successful careers as professional performers, composers and teachers. Audiences find Rob's recitals engaging, uplifting and exciting; he interprets music from a wide range of periods, as well as including his own highly evocative compositions. His students benefit from the skills, experience and encouragement of an inspirational teacher who works with them to achieve their full potential as performers.
Rob has performed widely throughout the UK, with his recitals receiving outstanding critical acclaim. He has been heard on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and has performed on national television.
Current repertoire comprises a varied programme, including works by Villa-Lobos, Morel, Piazzolla and Leo Brouwer, as well as a selection of authentic, exciting flamenco pieces such as Soleares and Tarantas, played on a Pedro Maldonado flamenco guitar.
He performs on classical guitars made by Roy Courtnall, with whom Rob has an ongoing project, working to create guitars that optimise the sound and character of the classical guitar in performance environments. Rob has a great interest in the design of the classical guitar and is a frequent visitor to the Newark School of Guitar Making where he assesses and advises the guitar making students.
'...most daring was Rob Johns' own composition Drum, encompassing the natural forces of a summer's day. The insect life portrayed at the beginning of the piece was particularly violent and Rob avoided all kinds of clichés during the rhythmic turmoil of the final dance...'
He has also commissioned new works for the guitar, including Harihara by David Revill and Sonata by David Humpage.
'...a striking performance, thoroughly accomplished...'
'...never merely mechanical, always organic...'
" from elfin tenderness to the downright demonic!"
(Classical Guitar Magazine)
'...meticulous and stylist guitar playing...'
'...a compelling performance...'
'...formidable technique and great sensitivity...'
'...Rob Johns is in the first league of Britain's Classical Guitarists..."
"... his repertoire matched the mood and ambience and gave the recital an immediacy that was very special and well received by the audience."
(Aberdeen Guitar Society Review)
"It is easy to understand why the guitar is so popular with audiences, especially when played with the enthusiasm and energy that Rob Johns puts into his performances."
(Nottingham Guitar Festival review)