Stoke Newington Guitar Festival presents a day of workshops covering ensemble playing, solo performance and technical development. Our workshops are open to classical guitarists of grade 2 standard and above.

The morning session will comprise a warm up/technical session, ensemble class, conducting workshop and private lessons. The afternoon features a masterclass with Jens Franke, a continuation of the ensemble class and elective sessions with our tutors in specific areas.

The cost of the workshop includes entry to all the festival's recitals over the Saturday and Sunday. If you would also like to participate in the Masterclass with Laura Snowden on the Sunday you can request a place by emailing Francesco at Laura's class is open to guitarists of grade 6 and above.

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Francesco Mariani

Festival Director Francesco Mariani is tutor of Guitar at the Purcell School for Young Musicians. He studied at the Leeds College of Music and the RNCM with Graham Wade and Gordon Crosskey. His students have gone on to study at the RNCM, Trinity, Guildhall and San Francisco Conservatoires and have had success in national guitar competitions. He performs solo and in ensemble with Mezzo-Soprano Gina Fergione and has commissioned works by composers Bryn Harrison and Ewan Stefani.

Jens Franke

Jens Franke trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and King's College, London. An artist of eclectic taste, equally at home in the concert room or theatre, he has worked with English National Ballet and was formerly orchestral guitarist of the European Union Youth Orchestra, in which capacity he appeared in concert with Bernard Haitink, playing such venues as the Concertgebouw, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and Sadler's Wells.

Amy Bowles

Amy Bowles completed her bachelor of Music degree with Charles Ramirez at the University of Surrey and is now continuing her studies on a Masters at the Royal Northern College of Music with Craig Ogden. Since graduating in 2001, Amy has continued her professional development and has been awarded both the performers diploma (DipABRSM) and the certificate of teaching (CT ABRSM). In 2014 Amy performed and taught at Elogia de la Guitarra festival in Portugal and regularly runs ensembles at the Stoke Newington Guitar Festival in London.

David Massey

David began studies with David Burden at his local music centre in Hertfordshire. In 2006 he was the strings finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, performing Rodrigos Fantasia para un gentilhombre live on BBC Two from the Sage Gateshead. He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Lewin, where he graduated with distinction in 2010 and furthered his studies with an MMus in 2012.