London Guitar Festival East

London Guitar Festival East was a 3 day intensive course for guitarists and ukulele players aged 8-18 years. Over the course participants worked alongside professional musicians to develop their playing, listening and ensemble skills. They were also able to watch a professional concert every day from a visiting artist. The tutors and visiting artists included:

Kevin Cahill – Newham Music’s Guitar Lead and tutor has shown incredible enthusiasm and passion as a solo performer and as a cross collaborator in the arts, he has commissioned several works for the guitar – most recently a new work for Guitar & Cello with Scottish Composer Richard Greer.

Will McNicolHaving picked up his first guitar at the age of six, Will has gone on to become Guitarist Magazine’s UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from around the world (2014). 

Seckou Keita – Kora player and Djembe master described as a leading light that continues to push boundaries and help the world celebrate the very best of West African Music.

Manuel Valencia –  From Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, Manuel is widely seen as the one of the greatest emerging talents of the Flamenco guitar. In 2014 he won the ‘Revelation Giraldillo’ of the Bienal de Sevilla ‘for his original contributions to traditional toque’. 

Participant requirements
Aged 8 – 18 years old
Play guitar, ukulele or bass guitar (electric and acoustic welcome)
All levels welcome

Closing date for registering: Friday 21 October 2016
Course dates & times: 10am – 4.30pm Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October
Course final performance: 3.45pm, Friday 28 October

Chobham Academy, 40 Cheering Lane
Stratford, London, E20 1BD

For more information, please contact Kevin Cahill, Guitar Lead for Newham Music at


Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England
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