Inaugural guitar school on right note

21:57, Jan 11 2012
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Dominique Blatti has organised the inaugural Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School from January 16 to 21.

A summer guitar school that is the first of its kind in New Zealand for 20 years is set to hit the right note with Taranaki audiences this month.

The New Plymouth Classical Guitar Society is hosting the inaugural Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School from January 16 to 21.

Event co-ordinator Dominique Blatti said the school would feature some of New Zealand's finest classical guitarists and bring educators, students, professionals, amateurs and composers to New Plymouth for six intense days.

"A summer class is an event that's extremely valuable for musicians. It groups together performers and students from all levels," Ms Blatti said.

"It's like immersing yourself completely into the classical guitar. A lot of the public are not that familiar with classical guitar, there's a huge amount of variation and that will be demonstrated with the range of players coming."

There will be lectures, workshops, ensembles, masterclasses and an orchestra of more than 60 guitars, offering plenty of learning and performance opportunities.


"We have no doubt that the sheer number of players will make quite an impact on the audience and will be quite an attraction." The long time lapse from an event of this type happening was because of the hard work involved, Ms Blatti said.

It had taken 18 months to pull the event together and some significant funding from the TSB Community Trust and the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.

"It needed a couple of dedicated people to grasp the project by the horns and fortunately we had a group passionate enough to forge ahead," she said.

So far more than 60 registrations for the summer school had been received, including from overseas.

The event will culminate in a final performance at the Festival of Lights which will involve a grand orchestra of guitars with more than 350 strings on stage.

Ms Blatti said that was no small feat and unique in the world of guitars. Given the size of the stage and the number of guitarists, some alternative and very creative sitting for the performers would be needed.

"We may need to fill up the stage to capacity then overflow onto the lawn."

If successful, Ms Blatti hoped the summer school could become a biannual event in Taranaki.

For full details of the event, including information on the concert series, go to

Taranaki Daily News