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Guitarists of the Purcell School for Young Musicians @ SNGF 2016
St Mary's Old Church
London United Kingdom
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Guitarists of the Purcell School for Young Musicians @ SNGF 2016
Stoke Newington Guitar Festival welcomes Guitarists of the Purcell School, present and past.
The Purcell School for Young Musicians is the UKs oldest specialist music school. The school was awarded the UNESCO Mozart Medal in 2003, which was received on behalf of the school by Prince Charles, who is a patron of the school. Sir Simon Rattle is the honorary president of the school.
The school has a growing guitar department, currently with 6 first study guitarists who take part in a busy programme of individual lessons, ensemble coaching and masterclasses from visiting recitalists and teachers including Graham Devine, Craig Ogden and Richard Wright. Francesco Mariani is the guitar teacher at the school.
Ned Moss originally joined the school as a violinist, having guitar lessons as second study. After immersing himself in the repertoire he realised a deep affinity with the instrument. In 2014 he successfully re-auditioned to become a first study guitarist. His musical interests include J.S Bach, the music of the Romantics and the Spanish repertoire. In 2015 his ensemble was selected to represent the school in its Wigmore Hall recital, playing Villa-Lobos Sexteto Mistico. In 2016 he was featured playing Bach's 2nd Cello Suite in a BBC programme on the school.
Owen Bunting studied at Purcell until 2013. In 2013 he successfully auditioned for a Presidential Scholarship to continue his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory under David Tanenbaum, where he deepened his interest in the contemporary repertoire. He is currently completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Craig Ogden. Since then he has given rare performances of the guitar music of California based minimalist Terry Riley and he gave the UK premiere of a new work for electric guitar and choir by Gabriel Jackson at Hampton Court Palace
Billy Watman came to the school highly skilled in a number of different guitar styles - steel string, electric, blues and rock. Now with a strong classical technique and a preference for nylon over steel, Billy is combining his classical repertoire with his own crossover arrangements, utilising classical technique playing popular idioms. He was a finalist at the Latitude Festival in the 2016 Sky Arts Guitar Star competition. His performance of Bohemian Rhapsody in the competition was an internet sensation, and his playing of Astor Piazzolla and Stanley Myers Cavatina showed a sensitive and accomplished classical performer.



St Mary's Old Church (View)
Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 9ES
United Kingdom


Music > Classical
Music > Experimental
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Stoke Newington Guitar Festival
On BPT Since: May 28, 2013
Francesco Mariani

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