Reviews 2019


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 2019 Reviews

It was a fantastic weekend, and a well deserved success for you and all involved!Willowhayne Records    

Thank you again for a fabulous weekend. Graham and I had a wonderful time and made new friends. The concerts were fabulous. Cari Aplin

I just wanted to say, I had a really fantastic weekend. The Guitarfest was everything I expected and more. All the time and effort that went into organising it really showed as it ran so smoothly. It was a privilege to be taught by yourself, Mark and Chris and of course Craig.  Nick Walden

That was such a splendid weekend guitar festival which you arranged and it was clear that everyone loved being there. As for me, I benefited in so many ways and came home inspired to give more time to practice – the only way to make progress of course, but it is good to be re-invigorated and this weekend certainly did it for me, specially the ensemble playing and the workshop and master class. The location was idyllic and I look forward, hopefully, to another similar weekend if you have the energy and the will to do it all again. I know how much you put into it and hope that you are now able to relax, knowing how successful all your work turned out to be! Sue feels the same and had a wonderful weekend of music making and listening. We much appreciated your concert in the church and your choice of programme. Thank you most sincerely, Alison, for everything, above all lovely memories and marvellous sounds!  Allix cotton

“I hope you managed to get a good break after all the hard work at your brilliant guitarfest! We all had such a good time - you really have a great talent for making people happy! “  Sarah Longland

Thanks Alison for such a great course and time together. It was all very inspirational and I hope it can be repeated. So much gorgeous music to hear and the ensemble sound is still in my ears. Valerie Belsey

“…... just wanted again to say thank you to you and your team for putting together a fabulous weekend. I think you achieved a lovely balance of ensemble playing; tuition and concerts. The ensemble pieces were very well chosen. It was a real pleasure to get into the interpretational and musical aspects right from the outset.  The Eden-Stell workshop was superb. They are such great educators. It was great having the opportunity to listen to them talk and give advice and guidance.

Craig is clearly a master! I am so please that I gave the masterclass a go. I learned so much from Craig, and rather surprisingly found myself put at ease by his style very quickly. To then be able to watch him work with the other 3 guys was very special too. I took pages and pages of notes, so lots of inspiration and lots to work on over coming months. I thoroughly enjoyed your ensemble classes, you have a lovely style of teaching. All three concerts were top notch and quite special. Your team of helpers were brilliant too and helped make everything run smoothly. All in all a fabulous weekend. Same again next year please……” Kevin Toller

Totally awesome! Definitely would come to next year Cawsand Guitarfest  Stephen Carroll

“Just to say a huge thank you for the fantastic Cawsand Guitar Festival that you organised over last weekend. A great balance of events and excellent teaching and instruction throughout. Well done! and hope that there will be more!” Tim Freeguard

Just to say many thanks again for a great weekend and do let me know about future events. It must have been a huge undertaking to get it all up and running and on top of that the fantastic concert you gave, so I hope you are now getting a bit of well-earned peace. Please pass on my thanks to Craig, Mark and Chris for hosting their sessions and their concerts. And your helping ladies- wonderful coffee and cake breaks!

Of course the weather was great but I reckon I and all the rest of the participants would be writing emails of appreciation like this even if it had been snowing.” Ken Hattersley

It was a marvellous weekend in such a beautiful place and with lovely music and people. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and I know Allix did too. The weather was perfect. So pleased you are planning to do the course next year”.   Sue Fox

…. thank you for a lovely weekend. Such a pretty place, I wish I lived nearer, it’s so lovely.
I enjoyed all of the weekend -not just the cake  —so thank you and your lovely lady helpers, for all your organising and hard work, which must have taken enormous effort and for being so welcoming to us both and so much fun. It was lovely to catch up with those people I already knew and to meet new people along the way.” Sandra Buckingham

Many, many thanks and congratulations for a wonderful weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and haven't stopped telling my husband every tiny detail.  Sue Batkin

Wonderful weekend! Thanks for all your hard work to make it happen.  Steve Thompson

Congratulations on an excellent course.  Andy Pryor

So uplifting! Thank you Ali. Roger Robinson

Please do next year. David Morris






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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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