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The guitar world comes to Surrey

A world-class line-up of speakers, performers and artists gathered at the University of Surrey for the International Guitar Research Centre's 2016 conference.

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To mark the second anniversary of its founding, the International Guitar Research Centre invited leading scholars and musicians from the guitar world to a spring conference at the University of Surrey's campus in Guildford, UK.

As well as keynote speakers Jonathan Leathwood, Thomas Heck, Tilman Hoppstock and Christopher Page, the six-day programme of events included over 50 lecture-recitals, performances from Mobius Trio and The Ant Law Trio, and a special concert featuring newly commissioned works by the Julian Bream Trust from Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Leo Brouwer and Julian Anderson.

Delegates also had the chance to try the latest Moog guitars and explore the hypothetical acoustics of the practically impossible through 'Ax Evrtd', Jeevan Rai's multichannel sound installation with projected video in the University's Lewis Elton Art Gallery.

This is the first time so many international guitar scholars have been in one place at the same time.

"We were delighted that so many scholars from the guitar world presented at the conference," said Professor Stephen Goss, Director of the International Guitar Research Centre. "Over 20 countries were represented, with speakers and performers traveling from North and South America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. This is the first time so many international guitar scholars have been in one place at the same time."

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