Welcome to Cambridge-based East Anglian Guitarists
Who we are:
The "East Anglian Guitarists" is a forum for guitar players around Cambridge and East Anglia to get together and to play solos, duets and in other small ensembles. We started early 2012, not quite sure how long we would last, but we have already started to pass a few milestones.
The idea is to provide informal performance opportunities for everyone, in a supportive and friendly environment. For some, that can be as a mini-rehearsal for exams or formal concerts. But for most of us, the purpose is simply the enjoyment of sharing music with friends. All guitar styles are welcome: classical guitar, flamenco guitar, blues, folk .... , but most of us play (mainly) classical guitar. Some of us also enjoy playing guitar with other instruments (flute, violin, ...) or with voice. And we have had the occasional mini-guitar or even a ukulele ...
We have a wide range of technical ability, from beginners to advanced players. Of course, we aim to play musically, so when we perform we may well play something that is technically much simpler than we know we can manage in the privacy of our bathroom (or wherever) without an audience.
Covid-19 update: back to real life!
During the Coronavirus restrictions, we have been holding our meetings online using Zoom. But the good news is that since 27th October 2021 we are back to real life meetings at St Andrew's!
However, we are also continuing with some Zoom sessions. That means that we can keep in touch with friends who have moved away or who cannot make it to real-life meetings.
Where we meet:
We are now back to our usual meeting venue at St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, web site: https://standrews-cherryhinton.org.uk/find-us . Here is a Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/VAgPH .
The online sessions will be in our zoom-room: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7066673714?pwd=cFVSYW90Z0pNenpHZ0p6NFRaeXk4Zz09
Guitarists from everywhere are welcome: if you can reach us, we shall be delighted to see you!
When we meet:
We usually meet every fourth Wednesday in the month between 8pm and 10pm, except for Christmas when we meet 3rd Wednesday of December. The Zoom sessions are on the second Wednesday of the first month of each quarter, also starting 8pm.
Here are the dates for 2022. We have a separate page with the date of our next session and any special announcements relating to the next session.
12 January 2022 (online)
26 January 2022
23 February 2022
23 March 2022
13 April 2022 (online)
27 April 2022
25 May 2022
22 June 2022
13 July 2022 (online)
27 July 2022
24 August 2022
28 September 2022
12 October 2022 (online)
26 October 2022
23 November 2022
14 December 2022
How it works:
There is a minimum of organisation, no fixed membership subscription and just some basic groundrules, summarised below (click here for a fuller version).
As a general guide, performers will have about 5-8 minutes each, to make sure that everyone who wishes to play has the opportunity. We sit in a big circle and play in succession where we are - no need to move into a performance area, which can be disruptive and waste time. After we've been round once, we have a short break for refreshments and a chat, and then the remainder of the evening is open to anyone who'd like to play another piece. By now shaking hands are a bit calmer, so this is the time to try something more difficult!
We understand that occasionally someone will want to run through a longer programme, for example, before a concert or a graded exam. You will be more than welcome to do so, just let us know in advance so we can warn everyone that timings may have to be adjusted. It may not be possible, or fair, for someone to perform a long programme without advance notice because we wouldn't want to displace other people who wanted to play that evening - and we only have two hours.
Of course, there is no obligation to play something. Performing is not a condition of attendance, and listeners are very welcome.
There is a charge of £4 per guitarist for each session to cover the costs of the hall and refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits etc.), but we are not aiming to make money from this. Partners and friends are most welcome, and can come free of charge.
For more information, send an email to eagcambridge(at)gmail.com , or simply come along to the next meeting: no need to book!