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

07 October 2018

Davide Sciacca - A Guitar at the Opera

Davide Sciacca - A Guitar at the Opera

Davide Sciacca obtained a Diploma with Honours in Guitar from the IMVB in Catania in 2008, followed by a Master Degree in Music and Guitar Teaching in 2010. He then went on to achieve a further Master Degree with honours in Musical Disciplines and Guitar Interpretation and Composition in 2012, including a thesis on the French composer Napolean Coste’s opera for Oboe and Guitar.

In 2013 Davide was awarded a Masters in New Technology for Music from the same institution, as well, in 2015,  as an additional Master Degree in Chamber Music from the Conservatoire Bellini in Palermo. In 2016 he obtained a Master in Contemporary Music from the Conservatoire Santa Cecilia in Rome, studying with the extremely talented musician Arturo Tallini.

Davide won more than fifty 1st prizes in international musical competitions including Amigdala,  Magna Grecia, Benedetto Albanese, A gi Mus and AMA Calabria.  He also earned special prizes for his appearances at the international course Citta di Palermo, the Premio Lillina Condemi Prize 2014 and Ierna Prize 2010. Over the years composers Andrea Amici, Laurent Boutros, Roberto Cipollina, Francesco Santucci, Domenico Scaminante, Andrea Schiavo, Joe Schittino and Giuseppe Torrisi have dedicated original compositions to him. He has also been a judge for important national and  international guitar and chamber music competitions.

Davide’s performances have included his solo guitar concerts as well as appearances with chamber music groups, and as a soloist with orchestras in a variety of venues including theatres, cultural centres, universities and churches and cathedrals. He has also performed at the Tuscia International Guitar Festival and with the Ersu Orchestra from his home town of Catania. He regularly lectures at universities in the UK and Italy.

From 2014 Davide Sciacca toured England, Scotland and Wales as both a soloist and as part of the Ten Strings Duo with violinist Marianatalia Ruscica, playing at prestigious venues.

In the years 2016 and 2017 he performed in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the Royal Family.

In 2018 Davide debuted in the United States performing for Culture Connection in New York City.

He has collaborated with actors and directors such as Michele Placido and Guia Jelo.

Davide’s repertoire isn’t confined to classical music, and he has appeared with rock and pop musicians at festivals and events including Sanremo Rock, Star Sprint, Time Tour and Girofestival, as well as working as session musician.

His media appearances include work for Sky, Made in Liverpool Tv, Tele D, Rei TV, Globus Television, and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Davide currently teaches Guitar and Tablature for Lute as part of the academic courses at IMVB in Caltanissetta, Guitar at IMPV in Caltagirone and he also teaches guitar in A. Musco high school in Catania, Sicily.
                                Michele Paturzo – Cavatina “Casta Diva che Inargenti”
                                                     from “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini

Johann Kaspar Mertz - Fantasy on the “Sonnambula” op.35

Mauro Giuliani – Theme with Variations on the Aria “Tu vedrai la sventurata”
from “Il Pirata” by Vincenzo Bellini

Mauro Giuliani – Rossiniana n.5 op.123


Arling Shaeffer - Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni

Fernando Sor - Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart op.9

Sicilian Traditional - Mi votu e mi Rivotu (arr. Giuseppe Torrisi)

Napoleon Coste – Fantasy for guitar on the “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini

Roberto Beccuti - Valzer “Il Siciliano” (1969)


03 June 2018

The Modern Guitar Trio

The Modern Guitar Trio was formed in 2000 when Australian Roland Chadwick teamed up with English virtuosi Roland Gallery and Vincent Lindsay-Clark to record the suite; ‘Letter from LA’ for Roland’s 2000 CD, ‘The Revealing’. Written in 1997, this year’s West Dean Classical Guitar Festival performance marks the 20th anniversary of this works composition.
After writing a repertoire of guitar trios the Modern Guitar Trio recorded their self-titled CD which included The Wendy House by Roland Chadwick which was later choreographed by Parrish Maynard and performed by the San Francisco Ballet in San Francisco in 2010.
Roland G, Roland C and Vincent have set about writing a new repertoire for The Modern Guitar Trio culminating in their ground-breaking new program: The Puppeteer and Metropolis – Vincent; Three Venezuelan Folk Songs – Roland G; The Memory of Water – Roland C and Roland Chadwick’s Letter from LA.
Recent Performances include The International Classical Guitar Festival of Great Britain at West Dean; Heidelberg Guitar Festival 2016 with Pepe Romero.
Their new CD The Modern Guitar Trio at the Rococo Café is available from Amazon

The Puppeteer                                                          Vincent Lindsey-Clark
Three Venezuelan Folk Songs                                             Roland Gallery 
1.   La Mónica Pérez
2.   Esta noche serena
3.   La Perica
Metropolis                                                                  Vincent Lindsey-Clark


The Memory of Water                                                      Roland Chadwick
1.   The Japanese Water Experiment
2.   Not Drowning
3.   Mirage
4.   Tsunami
Letter from LA                                                                   Roland Chadwick
1.   Lost Angels
2.   Santa Monica
3.   Sunset Strippers
4.   Oscar’s Last Stand