New Plymouth Classical Guitar Society Inc.
An inaugural meeting of classical guitar enthusiasts was held on the 30th May 1997 at Ross Townsend's house.
There were 6 people present. A president, a secretary and a treasurer were elected with the intention of setting up and registering an incorporated society.
The second gathering was held on the 7th June 1997 at the Park City Church (a place that would be a long time meeting and concert venue) where more details on becoming an incorporated society were discussed along with organising a concert for John Mills (nothing like being thrown in the deep end !!). We played our first piece of music as an ensemble at that meeting ... a little number called 'Awake Sweet Love'.
The first public appearance of the Guitar Society was during the Rhododendron Festival where we played at Pukeiti. This event was described in the President's report as "a steep learning curve for all but with some positive aspects".
On the 6th December the Classical Guitar Society of New Plymouth had an "end of year function" with combined performances by members and some of Ross Townsend's pupils to round off the society's first year.
Since then, membership numbers have fluctuated from 'highs' to 'lows' then back up again. Some members moved overseas, some came from other parts of the country or other parts of the world.
Performances by the Society's members have been numerous and varied: every year, performances at the Festival of Lights; throughout the year regular recitals at resthomes, hospital, fairs, markets, garden parties, special events, such as Walk for Life fundraiser. Some members joined together as a quartet, now called 'Six by Four', and two formed a duet called 'Guitarra'. Both have gone on to secure regular perfomance slots throughout Taranaki.
The society aims:
1. To assist, establish and promote all aspects of the classical guitar;
2. To assist, establish and promote performances, speakers, concerts and workshops by local, national and international artists;
3. To assist, establish and promote the interest of children and young persons in the playing and study of the classical guitar;
4. To assist, establish and promote competitions and examinations for classical guitarists;
5. To provide an environment for the accompaniment of the classical guitar with compatible instruments, including voice.
If you wish to become a member of the Guitar Society, please download the membership form, complete it and return it with your payment to:
New Plymouth Classic Guitar Society
89 Messenger Terrace
The Society meetings are usually the first Monday of each month, 7:30pm to enjoy solos, duets, trios, quartets and/or ensemble performances.
Meetings are held at Clever Kids, 155 Devon Street East.
Bring your nylon string guitar, a music stand and let's share the passion.
President: Dominique Blatti
Secretary: Catherine Deeley
Treasurer: Jane Kernohan
For all enquiries contact Dominique Blatti: firstname.lastname@example.org