Reviews 2021


Last years Cawsand Bay Guitarfest was a great success! Take a look at some of our wonderful guests comments. More pictures appear in our gallery.

Cawsand Bay Guitarfest 2021 comments

“ 2021 was an exceptional and very special event. Thank you and your team for all your hard work. Every concert was magical and the coaching sessions and master classes were informative and enjoyable” Susan Batkin

“ Thank you for once again organising such a brilliant weekend. I have already booked accommodation for next year! Nikki van der Eyden

“ Just wanted to let you know that both Louise and I thought the weekend was superb again! We are already looking forward to next year. I must compliment you on your choice of music for this event. Once again, you pitched everything at just the right level – all the pieces were playable at a good tempo, but with sufficient challenges to make them all interesting to work on. All the pieces were great fun, really enjoyed them. As expected the masterclass with Craig was first rate. I learned lots from every performance with Craig’s analysis and thoughtful commenting. The session with Chris and mark was also excellent with some great advise coming forward. The Q & A with all four of you was very entertaining, but also informative – it’s so interesting (and often reassuring) to get a glimpse of the reality of the professional guitarists world. To top it all, excellent food and excellent company, iced with three brilliant concerts.” Kevin Toller

“ I had to write to say another great weekend, thank you for putting it all together I think you provided 2 years of benefits there in the one weekend and have made a whole bundle of people happy. Your recital with Bill Lovelady’s work was truly memorable 3 world premieres! The more so with Bill there in person himself to grace the performance. Quite special really.

Craig and Eden Stell again simply astounded with their stunning recitals too – Craigs playing of the Scarlatti and Bach especially kinda left me a but breathless..! Really nice guys and very helpful and fun. All terrific, please keep me in touch with stuff and put me down for next year.” Ken Hattersley

“ That was another amazing weekend -Great pieces, great professionals and concerts, excellent master classes and good amusing company. We are all impressed by your organisational skills and cool head” Clive Mc Gavin

“Thanks again for an excellent festival. It was a very rich experience and it was inspiring to be around such excellent guitarists, such as yourself. And to hear the premiers of Bill’s compositions.

I hope you can get some downtime now and bask in the success of the festival.” Ursula Tidd

“ I know we all said thank you on Sunday, but I just wanted to say how much I (and Wendy) enjoyed the weekend. Everything went smoothly without a hitch, and it was super to hear three live music concerts again and play in the ensemble under your expert conducting. I was given very useful practise advice by Chris and Mark regarding my errant RH thumb at their workshop and I think Craig is an excellent educator, and so helpful regarding performance nerves.” David Morris

“Another triumph! Thanks Ali” Roger Robinson

“ Alison, thank you for a wonderful weekend” Richard Cunningham

“A great weekend – look forward to the next one.” Jeremy Langton

“ Thank you Alison, I had an amazing time”. Lizzy Douglas

“ Great. Same again next year Alison.” Andy Pryor

“ Fantastic weekend – yes please to 2022” Stephen Carroll





About Guitarfest

Cawsand Bay Guitarfest an exciting classical guitar weekend by the sea, on the stunning Rame Peninsula, with Craig Ogden, Vida Guitar Quartet & Alison Smith.

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