06 January 2008

Stephen Dell

The society’s chairman will be presenting the first concert of 2008. Funds raised during the evening will help us to pay for 2008’s recitals.

Stephen began learning the guitar at the age of 8, his fast progress helped by 3 extraordinarily effective tutor books that his father Chris had just written, which utilised a new method of teaching music using colour.

Having attended around 200 concerts and taken part in dozens of guitar workshops hosted by his father during the 70’s and early 80’s at the Old Malthouse Music Society in Hertfordshire, Stephen realised that although he loved the guitar very much, he would never have the drive and determination to become a professional player, as he soon realised the many hours of assiduous practise it involved. Growing up reading the somewhat ruthless concert reviews within the pages of Guitar magazine also contributed to this feeling!

Tonight's programme will hopefully please those who enjoy a varied and eclectic mix of quality music, from 16th & 17th century rock’n’rollers Dowland and Bach, to the fiery and impassioned music of Spain’s Granados, Torroba and Albeniz, to the darkness of Chopin and the lightness of Joplin.

Please come and support the society this evening – you’re assured of a warm welcome and you’ll be fed and watered too.