The 2020 Andrew Britton Fellow

The 2020 Andrew Britton Fellowship winner is Damián Martín Gil. Damián (b. 1978) earned a Diploma in Classical Guitar (2002), BA in Physical Education (2002) and MA in Classical Guitar Performance (2008). He won the first prize at the “Young Performers of Extremadura” competition in 2001 and has obtained grants from institutions such as Junta de Extremadura, Caja Badajoz, Fundación Antonio Gala and The Research Council of Norway.

Since 2010 he has been teaching guitar at the Conservatory ‘Hermanos Berzosa’ in Cáceres (Spain). He is presently also completing a master’s degree in historical musicology at La Rioja University (Spain) with a thesis analyzing the guitar technique in Paris in the times of La Guitaromanie.

His articles have been published in leading guitar journals such as Il Fronimo (Italy) and Soundboard Scholar (USA). He has also presented papers at various international conferences including the Lake Konstanz Guitar Research Meeting, the Norwegian Guitar Conference in Oslo and the ‘Norba Caesarina’ Guitar Festival (Spain).

This year’s competition drew excellent candidates from many countries, including Guatemala, America, and Israel. each submitting a wide range of research proposals. Damián will give a paper at the next Consortium meeting in April 2020.

New discoveries on Dionisio Aguado

Consortium member Luis Briso de Montiano published an article on the part of Dionisio Aguado’s personal library that has survived in the in the legacy of guitarist Rosario Huidobro. The article was published in ‘Roseta’, the journal of the Sociedad Española de la guitarra, in Spanish; see here. A pdf of the article can be found here.

2020 Andrew Britton Fellowship

The Consortium for Guitar Research, an affiliate of the Royal Musical Association of Great Britain, now invites applications from guitar researchers, at an early stage of their work, for a Fellowship in memory of Dr. Andrew Britton. The Fellowship comes with funding for board and lodging, and thanks to the intervention of a generous benefactor, Mr Jeff Wells, now includes a contribution to travel costs up to £350. The three-day colloquium of the Consortium, to which the successful candidate will be invited, will run from Saturday 4 April to Monday 6 April 2020 and be based in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. This award provides an opportunity to share ideas with a group of acknowledged experts in the field. See for more information regarding the Consortium and its members.

The recipient is expected to give a 30 minute paper at the Consortium conference and subsequently to prepare a succinct report on their work for placing on the Consortium website.

Applicants are invited to submit their CV, and a 400 word (maximum) statement describing their latest research and why this award would be useful to them. Please send applications via email, in a Word or PDF document, to Dr James Westbrook by Sunday 1 December 2019. The chosen candidate will be notified by Friday 20 December 2019 and will be asked to accept the place by Friday 10 January 2020 and to give, in their message of acceptance, an estimate of travel costs. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure any necessary visas are in place. See also The Cohort.

Dr Andrew Britton was a Founding Member of the Consortium. His PhD thesis The guitar in the romantic period: its musical and social development, with special reference to Bristol and Bath is a benchmark to all new Scholars and is available online on the British Library Ethos site.



Recent papers by Kenneth Sparr

Lorents Mollenberg – Early 19th Century Maker of Musical Instruments (Swedish lutes, guitars, harps and square pianos) in Stockholm, Sweden. Paper read at the 7th Lake Konstanz Guitar Research Meeting in Hemmenhofen March 29-31, 2019.

Daniel Fryklund – Swedish Collector and Author of Studies Concerning Musical Instruments. Paper read at Musical Instrument Collectors and Collections – International conference at the University of Oxford 23-25 augusti 2019.

For Courtesan, Queen and Gallant

Christopher Page has started his fourth series of free public lectures at the prestigious Gresham College in London. The new series is entitled ‘For Courtesan, Queen and Gallant: The Guitar in England from Henry VIII to Samuel Pepys’. There are four more lectures to come. These events are free to attend, and will also be live-streamed, so anyone can listen in from anywhere! The lectures are illustrated with fabulous musical intermezzi by Taro Takeuchi and Ulrich Wedemeier, and will be made available afterwards on the Gresham College website and on YouTube.