Guitar school will have classical class

17:00, May 21 2013
Event co-ordinator: Dominique Blatti is getting ready for the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School.

Registrations are open for the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School, to be held in New Plymouth in January.

Applications are also open for the New Zealand Aspiring Guitarist scholarship for two university-level players.

"That really offers a podium for performers or students to be exposed to the high-calibre of master classes and performers that we'll have during the week," school co-ordinator Dominique Blatti said.

"It's really through participating in competitions and stuff like that you start to make your place in the classical guitar world."

As part of the scholarship the players will receive billeted accommodation, free registration and a paid 30 minute gig.

The summer school is an event where professionals, amateurs, composers, teachers and luthiers can gather and compare notes.


A $10,000 grant from the TSB Community Trust has meant the school can bring in New Zealand and international guests.

Master classes will be run by John Couch, Janet Agostino, Raffaele Agostino, Richard Charlton, Jane Curry, Gunter Herbig, Simone Iannarelli, Miles Jackson, Owen Moriarty and Tim Watanabe.

General participants need to be grade two or more and be able to read music. It's hoped the event will culminate in a public performance.

Held under the umbrella of New Plymouth Classical Guitar Society, it's organised by Dominique Blatti, Wendy Dimond and John Couch.

The first school was held in 2012 and about 80 guitarists from around New Zealand and the world attended.

The school runs from January 13 to 18. For more details visit