Classical Guitar Festival 2023

Sunday 15th - Saturday 21st January 2023
Join us for an inspiring festival of concerts and music making.


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 Sunday 15th - Saturday 21st January 2023

Check in at the hostel after 2pm on Sunday 15th and settle into your accommodation at CJ House Hostel. The evening meal will be served at 6:30pm. An informal 'meet the team' concert will follow at NCMA at 8pm.

The festival promises to be an inspiring 6 days of ensemble playing and musical study for students of classical guitar.

The daily programme will consist of:

  • expanding musicianship with Julian Raphael,
  • ensemble playing,
  • guitar orchestra,
  • forums,
  • workshops, and
  • 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.

There will also be a combined guitar orchestra for all players rehearsing each day under the direction of Isabelle Héroux. Daily forums will offer constructive criticism that the students and observers will find useful. Pointers offered during the forums may be of a technical or musical nature.

The final concert on Saturday 21st January will feature the ensemble groups and the combined guitar orchestra, and will be open to the public.

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 May 2022. An entrance level of around grade 3 is advisable.


Option 1: Enrolment with all meals and accommodation $1,200

Option 2: Enrolment with lunch & dinner, no accommodation $900

An earlybird discount of $50 will apply if paid before 31st October 2022.

For part-time enrolment or any special requirements or questions about attendance, meals, and accommodation please contact Festival Administrator Fleur Jackson.


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.

Rodney Stedall Guitars

Rodney Stedall will have his range of guitars available for viewing at the Festival.

Meet the tutors

Learn more about the NCMA Guitar Festival teaching team.