Summer Madness!

Vida GQ relaxing on a beach in Brittany, France.

I am writing this blog following one of the most diverse and interesting summers I have experienced for some years. I have performed as a soloist and with my quartet 'Vida', coached ensembles, adjudicated at music festivals and given masterclasses. I also participated in a pantomime, but the less said about that the better. Thanks Sandra! Continue reading

Review in Acoustic Magazine

'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.'

Chichester Festival for Music, Dance & Speech.

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'.

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