FGS Map showing Guitar Societies of UK and Ireland


Guitar examinations from beginner to accomplished performer.

ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

Guitar makers

Rik Middleton

Maker of fine classical guitars in the English midlands.

Peter Beer Guitars

Traditional Craftsmanship, Modern Thinking from his workshop in Scotland. See this article from 2015 –

Oren Myers Classical Guitar Maker

Oxfordshire luthier making traditional English instruments

Alastair McNeill

Wiltshire maker of some 40 years’ standing. ‘… Excellent. The work of a dedicated luthier and artist.’ John Mills

Stephen Cadney

Constructor of guitars and vihuelas of high quality, based in Manchester.


Zoltan Farkas

Professional classical guitar tuition for the beginner and for advanced players. References available. Music provided for the lessons from a comprehensive stock ranging from simple studies through to concert level. Lessons by arrangement – see website or phone 0785 7275 220 / e-mail

Helen James

Classical guitar lessons in Keynsham, details at 

The European Guitar Teachers Association  

The Association exists to develop and improve the standards of guitar teaching.

Guitar Societies:

Map of UK and Ireland Guitar Societies

The Bristol Mandolin and Guitar ensemble  – Run by Knud Stüwe who leads fortnightly rehearsals and is keen to recruit guitarists.
Canterbury Guitar Society
Worcester Classical Guitar Society
The Northamptonshire Classical Guitar and Lute Society
The Southampton Classical Guitar Society
See a full list of UK Guitar Societies – This is the website of the Federation of Guitar Societies
The Guitar Foundation of America


Francisco Correa

Bristol based Colombian guitarist performing all over the UK and abroad. A passionate advocate of new music, he has premiered music in 3 continents. Featured in Classical Guitar Magazine.

Francisco is also a member of BCGS and takes over as ensemble director from Helen James who was our first professional director and who expertly guided us for several years (October 2021).

Adam Purnell

Adam is a Friend (click for details) of Bristol CGS. In addition to his accomplishments with classical guitar, he and his brother Lawrence formed a country/rock duo

Graham Wade

Internationally acknowledged as one of the foremost writers on the classical guitar, his publications include biographies of Andres Segovia and Joaquin Rodrigo.

Other Links

Patron & Friends of BCGS

The International Guitar Foundation
The IGF organises Guitar Festivals and Summer Schools, catering for all styles of guitar playing.


Classical Guitar Magazine – Still the monthly reference for the classical guitar world.

Study Breaks

Guitar ensemble weekends in West Sussex. They also host an International Classical Guitar Festival and Summer School.

Guitar Workshop Holidays in Spain
Cottage accommodation in Granada with tuition.

Dillington House
Dillington House in Somerset hold an annual Classical Guitar Summer School and a Classical Guitar Festival in August. There are also courses for guitarists.


Delcamp Classical Guitar Forum

Classical Guitar History
Includes more links.

Sheet music

plus more links to free Music: