Gaëlle Solal – interview and shed fragment

Gaelle and Alison

I had the good fortune to be able to interview Gaëlle Solal after her concerts at Winchester and Canterbury, and had her interesting views on her career, teaching and future projects.
Well worth 12 minutes of your (and my) time.

Here is also an excerpt of her wonderful private gig in the shed where she plays Gismonti, Nazareth and Garoto.

and further videos of this outstanding performer

WYGF 2013 – 1

WYGF is the World Youth Guitar Festival, which conjures up images of children aged 8-18 jumping up and down with balloons, enthusiastic tutors being silly in a panto, and also some serious ensemble work with some of the best names in the business. It is a place where young guitarists of all abilities make music together under the musical direction of inspirational tutors and mentors.
This year, tutors include Gaelle Solal from France, the Duo Agostino from Australia, Frank Gerstmeier from Germany, Johannes Moller from Sweden, Peter Nuttall, Mark Eden, Mark Ashford, Helen Sanderson, Chris Stell, Nick Powlesland, Matthew Robinson and myself. The organisation was ably managed by Sandra and Trevor Dukes, Georgina Bashford as Head Mentor and the Festival Director Helen Sanderson.
This all took place in the hallowed grounds of Uppingham School.


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