NCMA's Classical Guitar Festival 2021

19th - 23rd January 2021
Join us for a fantastic week of concerts and musical study.

close up of a Classical guitar

About the Guitar Festival

Directed by Miles Jackson and Dominique Blatti, NCMA's classical guitar festival will take place at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts state of the art facilities from Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd January 2021.

Students will be expected to register at NCMA after noon on Tuesday 19th and settle in to their accommodation at CJ House Hostel. The evening meal will be served at 6pm.

The festival promises to be an inspiring 4 days of ensemble playing and musical study for students of classical guitar.

The daily programme will consist of:

  • ensemble playing
  • forums
  • concerts

Students will be put into an ensemble group consisting of players of mixed abilities and work every day in these groups under the direction of the tutors, for a performance on the final evening.

Each morning there will be an additional ensemble class - a guitar orchestra - for all players under the direction of Owen Moriarty. We plan to have daily forums where Students can present works for discussion by the tutors and informal student concerts.

The Festival will open on the Tuesday night with an informal ‘ Meet the Tutors Concert ‘. The final concert on Saturday 23rd January, open to the public, will feature the ensemble groups and the combined guitar orchestra.

All tutors will be available for private lessons which are to be arranged and paid for directly with the teacher.

Enrolments will be open to students of all ages at the end of August 2020. An entrance level of around grade 3 is advisable.


Option 1: Enrolment with all meals and accommodation $675

Option 2: Enrolment with lunch & dinner, no accommodation $410

An earlybird discount of $50 will apply if paid before 31st October 2020.

Parents or guardians who are attending with minors can contact Dominique Blatti for further information regarding costs for attendance, meals and accommodation.

Special Daily Rates

Option 1:  $169.00  per day includes: accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, all activities.

Option 2:  $127.00 per day includes: meals, activities and concert.


Accommodation and meals are provided at Clarice Johnstone House Hostel, a 5 minute walk from NCMA.

Clarice Johnstone House Hostel offer single room accommodation over 4 levels. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided and all meals are in the Clarice Johnstone House dining room.

Facilities are cleaned to a high standard and include:

  • Common room with Sky TV and video
  • Large dining hall
  • Well equipped laundry with driers and all washing requirements
  • Study / practise areas
  • Wifi is available on request.

Meet the tutors

Learn more about the NCMA Guitar Festival teaching team.