Jackdaws – guitar, food, friends, and more guitar!

Chris and I have just come back from the Jackdaws Guitar Ensemble Weekend and I’m feeling refreshed and re-invigorated! Spring has most certainly sprung at Great Elm in Somerset. The sun shone, daffodils were in abundance, the birds were singing – and the guitarists? Well – they were all inside playing like their lives depended on it! Read more

‘Marksterclass’ for HAGO

If you ever want to hear (and see) or be reminded why ensemble playing gives some players such a kick, them you couldn’t do much better than go to a HAGO concert. HAGO (Hampshire Guitar Orchestra) are a fun loving guitar ensemble who perform to raise money for worth causes.  Their repertoire is entertaining and performed with such commitment and energy that they create an amazing musical presence – and they’re only 10 years old! Read more

From Lulworth – a new guitar ensemble piece by Chris Stell for Jackdaws

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It has been my pleasure over the last few years to be involved in various guitar festivals both as a player and a teacher, and it is these festivals that have been the impetus for me to write my own music. ‘From Lulworth’, which was inspired by a walk I took recently between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, was written during March expressly for the Jackdaws Guitar Ensemble Weekend coming soon 27-29 of March.  The piece is Baroque in style, using cross-string trilling and ground bass. My idea was to provide a piece that was satisfying to play, challenging musically as well as technically, but that could be learned and performed within the space of a weekend.  Chris.

Eden Stell perform in support of New Artist’s Scheme at Worcester Classical Guitar Society

Mark and Chris – the Eden Stell Guitar Duo – gave a concert for the Worcester Classical Guitar Society (WCGS) on Saturday night (7th March) at the Worcester Arts Workshop.  The WCGS has been bringing classical guitarists of all ages and abilities together from across the Midlands for many years, but have recently started their New Artist’s Scheme (NAS) which as the Society states “represents a natural offshoot of that idea: the promotion and support of the emerging professional artist”. Now that the WCGS have recently acquired charitable status they are planning more NAS concerts for 2009 and 1020. Read more

Classic FM give Eden Stell 4 stars

Classic FM magazine (March 2009 issue 172) have reviewed the latest Eden Stell Guitar Duo CD ‘Music for an Island’ BGS117 and have awarded it a 4 star rating praising its “imaginatively conceived programme” The review goes on to state “Mark Eden and Christopher Stell make an outstanding duo partnership with their immaculate ensemble and clear tone. There’s something here for everyone, whether guitar aficionados or not.” Listen to sound samples here. Read more