01 December 2019

50th Anniversary Celebrity Concert : Carlos Bonell


Carlos Bonell was born in London of Spanish parents and studied at the Royal College of Music with John Williams where he was appointed the youngest-ever professor. He gained prominence through his Decca recording of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez which has been repeatedly singled out as the finest version available. 

Over the past few years Carlos has been helping Sir Paul McCartney in editing, notating and recording a concerto he is composing for guitar and orchestra. 

Carlos’ discography includes more than 20 CD and DVD recordings. His 2012 album Magical Mystery Guitar Tour went to number one on the UK classical iTunes charts.  

In 2018 Carlos spent time in the studio recording music for the UK TV series Endeavour (the young Inspector Morse). Carlos also recorded the guitar music and theme with orchestra for the original Inspector Morse series – 30 years ago! 

His most recent album Once We Moved Like The Wind includes the first guitar recording of music from The Piano by Michael Nyman. 

From Cuban Landscape to Strawberry Fields,
including music by Brouwer, Coeck, Villa-Lobos, Pheloung, and The Beatles


Leo Brouwer:
Danza del Altiplano

Heitor Villa-Lobos:
5 pieces:
Prelude 1-
Andantino expressivo: homage to the Brazilian people
Prelude 3-
Andante: homage to Bach
Choros no.1
Prelude 4-
Lento: homage to the Brazilian Indian
Prelude 2-
Andantino: homage to the local hustler

Leo Brouwer:
Cuban Landscape with Bells


John Lennon: 1940-1980
Strawberry Fields*

Armand Coeck:

Suite Nocturno:
Evening Star
Midnight Dance
(1st London performance)

Barrington Pheloung: 1954-2019
The theme from Inspector Morse*

George Harrison: 1943-2001
Here Comes The Sun*

*arranged by Carlos Bonell

06 October 2019

Ben Travers (1st half) & Martin Byatt (2nd half)

Ben Travers. 

Ben Travers grew up in southwest London and fled to distant parts as soon as possible. He has travelled and played in Australia, Latin America, eastern Europe, France, Spain and Italy.

A self-taught musician, in the Eighties he finally sought professional help at Dartington College of Arts in Devon. Here, as a guitar performance undergraduate, he studied with the legendary acoustic guitarist John Renbourn.

He has arranged and composed several pieces of his own. Otherwise his repertoire owes much to his travels in South America, to jazz and bossa nova. Apart from Renbourn, he lists Bert Jansch, John Scofield, John Martyn and Carlos Barbosa Lima as his favourite players.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (MacColl/Jansch )/Banish Misfortune (trad/Thompson) 

The Wedding/Cherry (Ibrahim/Travers/Renbourn)

Three Full Bags (trad/Travers)/Sheebeg Sheemore (O'Carolan)

After You (Travers)

This Time (Klugh)

One Note Samba (Jobim)

Little Niles (Weston/Renbourn)
Anji (Graham)

Martin Byatt

Martin has been delighted to play on several occasions at the Ealing Guitar Society since leaving The London College of Music in 1979.

He has been involved in many musical projects, including classical trios, folk quartets and Latin jazz bands.

He has worked in several West End theatre productions most notably Zorro at the Garrick Theatre playing the music of the Gypsy Kings.

For this recital he has gone back to his classical upbringing and has assembled some of his very favourite pieces!


Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
( arr. David Buckingham) 

Libertango – Piazzolla 

Sonata K.380 - D. Scarlatti
( arr. David Russell ) 

Preludio Op.5 No.1 - Barrios 

Fugue BWV 1001 - Bach 

Zapateado - Sainz de la Maza 

Fandango - Rodrigo 

Bate-Coxa - Pereira 

La Vida Breve - De Falla

08 September 2019

Manus Noble

 Venue:  St Matthews Church Hall, North Common Road, Ealing W5 2QA
(hall is at end of alleyway to the left of the church).

Admission:  £13 / £10 concessions
Doors open at 7:00pm, recital at 7:30.

Irish guitarist Manus Noble is one of the UK's leading classical guitarists, known for his strong, unique sound, original compositions and varied recital programmes that aim to break down audience's preconceptions of what is possible on the guitar. Noble studied with Craig Ogden, Gary Ryan and Michael Lewin, graduating from the Royal College of Music with First Class Honours and the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction. He then went on to launch his career to wide critical acclaim, winning awards from the Musician's Benevolent Fund, Ian Flemming Trust, Countess of Munster Trust, Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition, Royal College of Music Guitar Competitions and being accepted onto the Park Lane Group, Countess of Munster and Making Music Concert Series.

Career highlights include recitals at major UK venues such as the Purcell Rooms, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Sage Gateshead, Bridgewater Hall, Kings Place and Wigmore Hall, as well as giving recitals and masterclasses at Festivals across the UK and Europe. Noble is also in high demand as a teacher, teaching at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as well as directing the National Youth Guitar Ensemble in Wales.
In 2019 Noble graduated from the European Institute of Guitar Making under the tutelage of Stephen Hill and Evan Kingma, and now works as a luthier out of his workshop in Oxford. For more information, click on 'Noble Guitars'. Manus Noble uses Concerto Carbon Cases, Knobloch Strings and performs on guitars made by Manus Noble and Stephen Hill.


(Robert Johnson) 

Prelude No.1 

Laputa : Castle In The Sky​ 
​Howl's Moving Castle 
(Joe Hisaishi (arr. Noble))

​Sakura Theme and Variations​ 
(Yuquijiro Yocoh) 
Out of The Night 
(​Manus Noble) 


​Out of Clonmel​ 
(Gary Ryan) 

(Manus Noble) 

Birds Flew Over The Spire 
(Gary Ryan)

02 June 2019

Johan Lofving

Since being a prize winner in the prestigious London International Guitar Competition, Johan Löfving has established himself as a truly exciting musician of a new generation with a particular passion for the music of the eighteenth and early- nineteenth centuries. His performances have taken him to some of the finest concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, The Sage Gateshead, Wiener Saal Salzburg and MuTh- Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben in Vienna.

Additionally, he has appeared in major festivals including Spitalfields, King’s Lynn, Stratford-on-Avon, Brighton Early Music Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Bath Guitar Festival, Saxå Chamber Music Festival, Styriarte Festival Graz and Carinthischer Sommer in Villach, Austria.

In 2011 Johan was awarded the First Prize in the Young Talent Concert at the Uppsala Guitar Festival in Sweden and the performance was recorded and broadcast later by the Swedish Radio P2. The following year he was awarded the Jörgen Rörby Prize and the audience prize from the Swedish Guitar and Lute Society.

Apart from his long term work with Flauguissimo Duo and Improviso, he has worked with some of the finest musicians, such as Barokksolistene, baritone Thomas Guthrie, tenor Rob Murray as well as pianist David Owen Norris, who invited him to take part in the ‘Playlist Series’ on BBC Radio 4. His passion for new music has resulted in several world premieres of both solo and chamber works, notably by the highly acclaimed British composer and guitarist Sam Cave.

Johan graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied guitar with Gary Ryan, theorbo with Jakob Lindberg and conducting with Natalia Luis-Bassa. At RCM he was awarded both the Guitar Prize and the Hilda Anderson Dean Prize. Subsequently, he completed his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Professors Robert Wolff and Hans Brüderl and was awarded a scholarship from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music.


D. Aguado (1784-1849)
Fandango Variado Op. 16

N. Coste (1805-1883)
Les soirées d'Auteuil, Op.23

M. Giuliani (1781-1829)
Adagio con grand espressione
(from Sonata Op. 15)

G. Regondi (1822-1872)
Introduction et Caprice Op. 23


J. Turina (1882-1949)
Homenaje a Tárrega Op. 69

Two Tangos:

A. Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Verano Porteño

R. Dyens (1955-2016)
Tango en Skaï

M. Ponce (1882-1948)
Andante espressivo
(From Sonata Romántica)

A. Ginastera (1916-1983)
Sonata Op. 47


First half:  Romantic Guitar, Tribout from 1850

Second half: Classical Guitar by Yngvar Thomassen 2001

03 March 2019

Dan Evans


‘world renowned British dulcimer player, guitarist and composer’
the Divine Art Recordings Group

Over three decades Dan Evans has built a niche career as a world-class exponent on both the mountain dulcimer and acoustic guitar.  He accompanies his fine baritone voice with beautiful and original dulcimer and guitar music.  With five CD albums released to critical international acclaim and eighteen international tours undertaken to date, Dan has won the hearts of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Last year saw Dan perform at Nashville’s prestigious Turner Hall and his latest album Au Vieux Moulin has all but sold out in just three years.  For this, his thirteenth visit to Ealing Guitar Society, Dan will bring new instruments, new tech and new music.

‘a highly individual and stylish guitarist, your performance was very enthusiastically received and attracted a good-sized audience.’  
The Barbican Arts Centre, London


Dance Of The Falling Leaves ~ an original dulcimer piece on the theme of nature
If I Were A Carpenter ~ a pretty little American folk song with dulcimer accompaniment and a chorus
New Lang Syne ~ an original dulcimer piece inspired by the old Scottish new year’s song
Le Ruisseau Du Moulin ~ an original and minimalist dulcimer piece inspired by nature and the title track of Dan’s latest album
Let It Be Me ~ the famous Everly Brothers’ Song accompanied on electric dulcimer
The Water Is Wide ~ the popular Scottish folk melody in several arrangements on electric dulcimer with a variety of electronic effects
The Errand Boy ~ an original and medieval-sounding folk song with guitar accompaniment in Open C tuning with some spooky electronic effects
She Moves Through The Fair ~ an old Irish air played with a contemporary twist  on guitar in open C tuning
One Star & Unicorns ~ the late Bill Caddick’s beautiful song about the vulnerability of the environment with guitar accompaniment ~ preceded by a an original prelude


Song For Loretta ~ an original instrumental requiem played on electric dulcimer 
The Streets Of London & Paved In Gold ~ Ralph McTell’s classic song about the homeless with a chorus ~ followed by an original piece on electric dulcimer
Rosemary’s Sister ~ a touching song about a girl lost during the blitz of London with chorus
April Day ~ an original dulcimer piece on the theme of nature ~ spring is in the air 
Bullet Train ~ an original and challenging dulcimer instrumental about a modern Japanese train passing through medieval villages with interesting electronic effects
Fast Train To Istanbul ~ an exciting guitar instrumental with sweeping electronic effects     
The Wild Mountain Thyme ~ a popular and classic folk song with a chorus
The Garden Waltz ~ an original guitar duet played on a single guitar using sampling.

02 December 2018

Local Talent Night!

Tonight's Xmas concert will be shared by eight local guitarists.

Bring some mince pies and drinks to share!


Shane Joseph 
1. Etude No 1 - Villa Lobos
2. Sugarloaf Mountain- Gary Ryan
3. L’utimo Caffe Insieme - Simone Iannarelli
4. Blackbird - Lennon/McCartney

Mike Fox & Ian Stone
Blessed Relief by Frank Zappa
Killer Joe by Benny Golson
Footprints by Wayne Shorter
Black Napkins by Frank Zappa

Petros Andreou
Sarabande and Double by Bach from the Partita 1 BWV 1002
3 Sonatas by Scarlatti
K 322
K 333
K 380


Richard Clarke
Sonata in E minor                   Domenico Scarlatti
Andantino Opus 2 No. 3         Fernando Sor
Danza Paraguaya                    Augustin Barrios
Prelude No. 4                          Heitor Villa Lobos                     
Theme from ‘Star Trek’           Alexander Courage

John Newman
2 minuets, A maj, D maj.  F. Sor
Julia Florida,  Barrios.
Zaffra  from Castles of Spain, F. Torroba.

Rob & Molly Frost
Take It Easy & Tequila Sunrise - the Eagles
Last Thing on My Mind - Tom Paxton