We are delighted to announce that Brian Whitehouse has agreed to become the patron of the Consortium. Brian is director of the Classical Guitar Centre in Birmingham. He has had a long teaching career, having held appointments in the music departments at many of England’s universities and colleges. Recent publications are The Ramirez Collection – History and Romance of the Spanish Guitar and The Tárrega-Leckie Guitar Manuscripts – Lessons with the Maestro. Currently in preparation is a further book and recordings relevant to Tárrega and Dr Leckie.
To commemorate the sad loss of Andrew Britton, the members of the Consortium agreed to create an Andrew Britton Fellowship, the holder to be a young scholar working in the Consortiums field of interest and to have all accommodation and meals paid for attendance at the biennial colloquium. We are delighted to report that the first holder of the Fellowship was Dr. Vinciane Trancart of the University of Grenoble. Her 2014 Ph.D. (Foreign Languages and Literatures, La Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) was entitled “Harmony and Disharmony. Guitar Practices and Representations in Madrid and Andalusia from 1883 to 1922”. We were delighted to welcome Vinciane to the conference where she read an excellent paper. Details on the colloquium page.
The Fellowship for the 2018 Colloquium will be advertised in due course.
The 2016 biennial conference of the Guitar Consortium was held in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, from the 10-13 April, and was a great success. For the papers presented see the Colloquia page. Those attending were Thomas Heck, Jelma van Amersfoort, Brian Jeffery (Honorary Member), Gerhard Penn, Christopher Page, Panagiotis Pouloupolos, Richard Savino, Luis Briso de Montiano y Ruiz de la Sierra, Paul Sparks, Erik Stenstadvold, Taro Takeuchi, Vinciane Trancart (2016 Andrew Britton Fellow) Ulrich Wedemeier and James Westbrook.
At the business meeting which closed the conference, Gerhard Penn and Luis Briso de Montiano y Ruiz de la Sierra were unanimously elected as Ordinary Members.
Plans for publication of selected papers are afoot.