I have just spent a wonderful weekend as the adjudicator of the junior guitar section of the Chichester Festival for Music, Dance & Speech. There were around 100 entries, covering 23 classes overall. They ranged from a class for under 9 year-olds with under one year of tuition, to a recital class for the advanced 18 year old and under. There was even a class for 'Family Ensembles'.Continue reading
'Chansons Françaises' has been reviewed in this months Acoustic Magazine Issue 56. 'It's rare that an album consistently engages, but that's the case with this sublime collection of French Songs.....Recorded within the rich natural acoustic of a church, its production, arrangement and performance are faultless....Every piece is a joy, with Ashford conjuring a wide range of dynamics and tone from his Christopher Dean guitar and D'Addario strings....An exceptional album.'
An exciting summer is ahead for Guitar Circus-Birmingham. Mark will be accompanying them to the Winchester Guitar Festival next Saturday (23rd) and to the World Youth Guitar Festival in Cheltenham on 22nd August. There they will join forces in a recital with the London branch directed by Gary Ryan. Continue reading