2 – 5 November 2023

The Big Guitar Weekend is a festival in celebration of guitar across Classical, Jazz & Folk. This year Big Guitar Weekend is focusing on ‘The Sound of Scotland’ with performances from Sean Shibe; Duo Ramelli-Savigni; Sasha Savaloni; Ian Watt; Samrat Majumder; Kevin McKenzie & RCS Students. Each performer is RCS Alumnus and will be championing works by Scottish composers within their programmes including David Fennessy; Stuart MacRae & a world premiere by Eddie McGuire.

Alongside these fantastic performances there will be talks and masterclasses on writing for the guitar & exploring Guitar repertoire; luthiers & instrument makers displaying their instruments; and public competitions involving RCS students & Scottish School Ensembles.

Big Guitar Weekend Course

The Big Guitar Weekend Course runs throughout the weekend and provides guitarists of all abilities the opportunity to study with our world-class faculty at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It is open to guitarists from nine years of age to adult and is designed to support guitarists of all ages and abilities, including the most serious/advanced young pre-professional professional guitarists in training. Those who sign up to the course will receive one-to-one tuition from RCS Guitar staff; tickets to all performances; access to exclusive festival activity including BBC SSO rehearsals of David Fennessy World Premiere guitar concerto at City Halls; product demonstrations from D’Addario and Knobloch Strings; and opportunities to perform at the festival.

What happened at BGW 2022

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