James Rippingale Classical Guitar Concerts – 2018
A recital of guitar music in collaboration with my good friend Jonathan Priestley and a happy return to Wirksworth Festival. More details to follow……
14th September 2018 – Horsley Church Guitar Recital
A recital of guitar music in collaboration with my good friend Jonathan Priestley in the beautiful surroundings of St Clement’s Church, Horsley in Derbyshire. Jonathan is a dear friend and fantastic composer and will be playing a selection of his own pieces. More details to follow…..
30th June 2018 – Guitar on a Summer Evening, Tilham Farm Baltonsborough, Somerset
A Summer solo guitar concert in the beautiful venue of Tilham Farm, Baltonsborough including pieces by Bach, Barrios, Ayala and Brouwer with a strong Latin American flavor. Join me in an exploration of lush melodies, rich harmonies and vibrant rhythms on the solo guitar. Enjoy picnics in the beautiful gardens of Tilham Farm followed by guitar music from around the world.
Picnics in the garden start at 6pm (bring your own food and drink)
Concert Starts at 7:30pm
(Tickets include a 20% donation to Star a Somerset charity that helps disadvantaged young people through sports and the arts)
Tickets can be bought online from:
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16th June 2018 – Guitar on a Summer Evening – Evercreech 7:30pm St Peter’s Church, Evercreech, Somerset
A Summer solo guitar concert in the beautiful village of Evercreech. Including pieces by Bach, Barrios, Ayala and Brouwer with a strong Latin American flavor. Join me in an exploration of lush melodies, rich harmonies and vibrant rhythms on the solo guitar.
Tickets are available from Meredith Foster 01749 830664
Standard Ticket £8.50
Concessions £5 (under 16’s only)
(Ticket price includes a 50% donation to St Peters Church, Evercreech)
13th June Spirit of the Guitar – 7:30pm, Glastonbury URC.
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26th May 2018 – Guitar Music of Latin America – Chesterfield Library 11:45am – 12:30pm
Join me for an exploration of the Guitar Music of Latin America with pieces by Brouwer, Villa- Lobos, Ayala and Barrios. A sonic journey through beautiful melodies, rich harmonies and vibrant rhythms of this fascinating musical culture.
Entry is FREE!
11th May 2018 – Classical Guitar Workshops at Belper Festival
I will be presenting two Classical Guitar Workshops as part of Belper Festival this year in Derbyshire. Details below:
The Classical Guitar Experience
Two interactive musical workshops with classical guitarist James Rippingale. Bring your guitar and join the fun as we explore the technique, culture and rich musical heritage of this majestic instrument.
Phone 07934 386701 to book your place
2 – 4pm Friday 11th May
Open to beginners, pupils in the early stages and all who would love to learn! Come and explore the essentials of the classical guitar style. Learn how to develop a beautiful classical guitar sound, confident technique and posture and take your first steps to playing simple tunes!
Intermediate – Advanced Workshop
5 – 7 pm Friday 11th May
A workshop especially for more experienced players. A chance to explore more advanced techniques, build your confidence and to develop your playing. This workshop will be shaped around the individual requirements of the participants.
All participants must book in advance and bring their own guitar as instruments cannot be provided.
Price: £15 per person
Phone 07934 386701 to book your place
Please click here for the festival website.
10th May 2018 – Belper Festival Solo Guitar Recital
A happy return to Belper Festival in Derbyshire with a solo programme of classical guitar works including Brouwer’s El Decameron Negro and J.S. Bach’s Prelude, Fugue and Allegro alongside works by Barrios, Villa Lobos and some of my own compositions.
Please click here for the Belper Festival Website
11th March 2018 – Solo Recital at Strode Theatre, Street, Somerset.
An afternoon recital of pieces exploring the guitar music of Latin America followed by a classical guitar workshop. For details click
October 20th, 2017 – An Evening of Classical Guitar with James Rippingale and Jonathan Priestley. The Chapel of St Mary on the Bridge, Derby.
A happy return to Derby’s Chapel of St Mary on the Bridge for the annual guitar concert arranged by Soundbites in Derby. I delighted to be joined by Derbyshire based classical guitarists, composer and educator Jonathan Priestley. music by Bach, Barrios, Albeniz as well as some of our own original compositions. Jonathan will be performing his newly completed The Holiday Suite for solo guitar. For more details about Jonathan’s work please visit:
Tickets available from the lovely people at Soundbites on the 11 Morledge, Derby DE1 2AW or on the door.
I’m very happy to be returning to the Bishops Palace in Southwell Minster for the 3rd time. A friendly solo programme of solo classical guitar music with pieces by Bach, Rodrigo and more.
The concert starts at 7:30pm with refreshments being served from 7pm.
To find out more about the series visit:
Admission is free (no reservations) with a retiring collection to support the work of Southwell Minster Choir Association.
October 7th, 2017, 11am. Solo Coffee Recital at St Peter’s Church Nottingham.
Solo guitar music by Bach, Rodrigo and more along with my own compositions in one of Nottinghams most lovely venues. Free entry! With a retiring collection.
September 10th 2017. 2 – 5pm – Featured Artist at Pennard Acoustic Cafe
I am appearing as this months featured artist at the Pennard Acoustic Cafe. These events are lovely community occasions with activities for children, lots of yummy food and a variety of music. There will be open mic slots earlier in the day with my set towards the end of the afternoon. If you would like to play please come along and sign up! Here is a link to the Facebook event page. Click Here
August 19th – Solo Lunchtime Recital at St John’s Church, Glastonbury, Somerset.
I’m delighted to be returning to St John’s in Glastonbury this August. More details to follow…….
Join award winning classical guitarist James Rippingale for a solo classical guitar recital in the beautiful surroundings of Midsomer Norton Town Hall. A program of musical delights and guitar favorites, featuring pieces by J. S. Bach along with James’ own unique compositions and ending with a musical journey through the heart of Spain. The programme will include the timeless guitar classics Asturias by Albeniz and Tarrega’s enchanting Recuerdos de la Alhambra as we journey through the rich sound worlds of this majestic instrument.
Tickets are just £5! Book in advance by calling 01761 419133 or by clicking on the following link
Also available on the door.
Glastonbury Fringe Festival Performance Join award winning classical guitarist James Rippingale for Guitar on a Summers Evening in the beautiful surroundings of Glastonbury United Reformed Church. A program of musical delights and guitar favorites, featuring pieces by J. S. Bach along with James’ own unique compositions and ending with a musical journey through the heart of Spain. The programme will include the timeless guitar classics Asturias by Albeniz and Tarrega’s enchanting Recuerdos de la Alhambra as we journey through the rich sound worlds of this majestic instrument.
Tickets are just £6! Book in advance by calling 07934 386701
June 9th 2017 12:45 – 1:30pm Lunchtime Concert at St John’s Church, Taunton, Somerset.
The award winning classical guitarist James Rippingale makes his St John’s Taunton debut with a program of musical delights and guitar favourites. Featuring pieces by J. S. Bach along with his own unique compositions and ending with a musical journey through the heart of Spain. The programme will include the timeless guitar classics Asturias by Albeniz and Tarrega’s enchanting Recuerdos de la Alhambra as we journey through the rich sound worlds of this majestic instrument.
June 1st 2017 Guitar on a Summer Evening Solo Guitar Recital and Workshop at The Old Theatre Royal, Bath.
Classical Guitar Concert: 8pm, June 1st 2017, The Old Theatre Royal, 12 Old Orchard St, Bath, BA1 1JU
Join the award winning classical guitarist James Rippingale for Music on a Summer Evening in the beautiful surroundings of Bath’s Old Theatre Royal . A program of musical delights and guitar favorites, featuring pieces by J. S. Bach along with James’ own unique compositions and ending with a musical journey through the heart of Spain. The programme will include the timeless guitar classics Asturias by Albeniz and Tarrega’s enchanting Recuerdos de la Alhambra as we journey through the rich sound worlds of this majestic instrument.
Concert Tickets £6 available from here.
To visit the Bath Old Theatre Royal website click here
Workshop: Introducing the Classical Guitar 6:30pm-7:30pm, 1st June 2017, The Old Theatre Royal, 12 Old Orchard St, Bath, BA1 1JU
The concert will be preceded by an hour long classical guitar taster workshop. Bring your guitar, join in the fun, learn some techniques and let James introduce you to this wonderful versatile instrument.
Workshop Tickets £10
Workshop is advance booking only.
Book tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
May 27th, 2017 – Evening Classical Guitar Recital at St Clement’s Church, Horsley, Derbyshire.
A programme of solo classical guitar music in one of Derbyshire’s most beautiful churches and a happy return to my county of origin. More details to follow……..
May 27th, 2017 at 11:45am – Solo Lunchtime Recital at Chesterfield Library.
A solo classical guitar recital as part of the regular recital series at Chesterfield Library. Escape the hustle and bustle of Chesterfield town centre and immerse yourself in the beauty of the classical guitar.
March 11th 2017 1:45 – 3pm – The Shaman’s Journey – A Grounding Meditation
A guided group meditation in Glastonbury using my new CD The Shaman’s Journey – A Grounding Meditation created with David Ashworth. Hosted by the lovely “Happy Glastonbury” I’ll be giving a talk about the creation of this new work as well as sharing it with the group. For more details click here.
March 4th 2017 – Classical Guitar Workshop in Wells, Somerset
Classical Guitar – The First Steps. A classical guitar workshop aimed at beginners. Special subsidised rate only £10. For more details Click Here
January 21st 2017- Classical Guitar Workshop in Wells
A classical guitar workshop to kick start the new year. Focusing on accelerating your progress and enjoying the process. Special subsidised rate only £10. For more details Click Here
January 31st, Private New Year Concert at Spirals in Glastonbury
The Autumn Bridge Chapel Concert has become quite a tradition in Derby and is now now in its 6th year! Kindly organised by Soundbites Workers Cooperative of Derby the concert aims to create an eclectic mix of music from around the world. Proceeds always go to a good cause and this year we are helping Crisis. Here is a link to the Crisis website where you can learn more about their important work.Tell me more about Crisis
This year I’m joined by my good friend Michelle Greet who will be contributing poetry and prose with writings by Frederico Gracia Lorca, Laurie Lee and more evoking the majesty and mystique of Andalucia in a feast of interwoven music and words.
24th September 2016 at 1pm – James Rippingale – Solo Classical Guitar Recital at St John’s Church Glastonbury.
A 45 minute lunchtime recital in my new home town of Glastonbury! The first of a series of concerts in local venues. The programme will include music by Bach, Albeniz and Sainz de la Maza as well as some of my own compositions. I am very happy to be performing in Glastonbury after years of visiting this magical town.
16th Oct 2015 James Rippingale and Friends at the Bridge Chapel in Derby
Featuring: Greg Rawson (Drums), Jonathan Priestley (Guitar) and Scott Marshall (Hurdy Gurdey) Oct 16th 2015, 7:30pm at The Chapel of St Mary on the Bridge, Sowter Rd, DE1 3AT. Tickets £8.
The Autumn Bridge Chapel Concert has become quite a tradition in Derby and is now now in its 5th year! Kindly organised by Soundbites of Derby the concert aims to create an eclectic mix of music from around the world and from many historical eras with an exciting mixture sounds from some of Derbyshires most unique instrumentalists. Proceeds always go to a good cause and this year we are raising funds for the homeless charity Crisis. Please click here for a link to the Crisis website. The first half will feature Classical Guitar solos and duets from James Rippingale and Jonathan Priestley including music by Telemann and Giuliani. The second half will feature Scott Marshall on Hurdy Gurdy and Greg Rawson on Djembe. It will be amplified, exciting and probably quite unpredictable with a mixture of Folk and Medieval musical offerings…….
10th Oct. Guitar Recital with Jonathan Priestley.
Oct 10th 2015, 7:30pm at Wirksworth United Reformed Church, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth.
For this fundraising concert in aid of the Syrian Refugee Appeal I am teaming up with my good friend Jonathan Priestley an excellent classical guitarist and composer. We are preparing duos by Giuliani and Telemann was well as solos by Dowland, Bach, Albeniz and Sainz de la Maza. Tickets are £10 (£7 concessions).
13th September 2015, Solo Recital at Melbourne Festival, Derbyshire
Come and join me for an evening of solo classical guitar music at Melbourne Festival! I will be playing works by Bach, Albeniz, Barrios and more in the be autiful setting of The White Ballroom in Amalfi White in Melbourne. The programme will include an arrangement of the first Cello Suite by Bach as well as a selection of Spanish favourites. For more details please visit: www.melbournefestival.co.uk
Programme to include J.S. Bach’s 1st Cello Suite transcribed for guitar. More details to follow……..
I am delighted to be playing at this wonderful festival in Belper that is local to me. The programme will include J.S. Bach’s 1st Cello Suite transcribed for guitar. For more details please visit www.belperartsfestival.org
It is a joy to be returning to this beautiful venue in Horsley near Derby and very close to my home. The programme will include J.S. Bach’s 1st Cello Suite transcribed for guitar as well as a selection of Spanish classics. Entry is free and donations towards the church will be accepted.
March 7th at 11:45am. Solo Recital at Chesterfield Library.
My 3rd visit to the lovely recital hall at Chesterfield Library. Programme to include J.S. Bach’s 1st Cello Suite transcribed for guitar as well as some popular classics…More details to follow.
7th November 2015. “James and Friends” at the Bridge Chapel, Derby.
An eclectic concert featuring solo classical guitar from James Rippingale as well as music from special guests Andy Gatford (Steel String Guitar), Greg Rawson (Drums and Latin Percussion) and Scott Marshall (Hurdy Gurdy). An exciting mix of Jazz, Classical and Folk styles in one of Derbys most intimate venues. Organised by Soundbites. More details to follow…..
My 3rd visit to the St Peters Church Coffee Break Concert series. I will be playing a short solo recital of music by Bach, Brouwer, Albeniz and Granados. For more details please click here.
Charity Solo Guitar Recital in Aid of The Black FishFriday, 26 September 2014 from 19:30 to 21:00. St Andrews Church, Jarrom Street, Leicester, LE2 7DJ
The Black Fish define their mission as follows:The Black Fish is an international marine conservation movement on a mission to end the industrial overfishing of our oceans. Through investigation and action we work to expose and challenge illegal and destructive fishing practices. Our grassroots campaigns and educational projects are aimed at empowering individuals to get actively involved in conservation work and help build grassroots citizen-led conservation communities. Join us today and help realise a future for threatened species in our oceans.
June 6th 2014, Concert for Wirksworth Guitar Society.7:30pm West Derbyshire, United Reformed Church, Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
A solo recital for the wonderful Wirksworth Guitar Society. Classical Guitarist James Rippingale will be playing music by Granados, Albeniz, Yocoh, Bach and Brouwer along his his unique compositions. Tickets are £10 on the door and a share of the proceeds will go to the Wirksworth Music lessons Fund.
A classical guitar recital to raise funds for one of the most inspiring Animal Charities I have ever known. Respect for Animals campaigns against the cruel and unnecessary international fur trade, believing fur farming and trapping to be morally indefensible. All proceeds from this recital go to help them continue the magnificent work that they do.
Tickets are £7. Please call 0115 9525440 for bookings.
25th April 2014 Classical Guitar Recital for Willington Festival, Derbyshire. 7:30pm, St Michael’s Church Willington.
Programme to include pieces by Bach, Albinez, Granados and more in the beautiful venue of St Michael’s Church as part of this delightful arts festival in Willington. Tickets are £6. Please contact Sue Gent on 07777 604279 or email email@example.com.
A Sunday afternoon solo Classical Guitar Recital with music by Bach, Albeniz, Granados and more in this beautiful converted Church building. Tea and cake will be served at the end of the recital as part of the event. Off street car parking is available behind the Adult Education Centre off Cresswell Street.
Tickets are £9 (concessions £7.50) and are available from Spring Bank Arts and High Street Books. Please visit www.springbankarts.org.uk.
11th October 2013, Bridge Chapel, Derby.
A solo guitar performance of of music by Albinez, Tarrega and Granados and more in this beautiful intimate venue. Organised by Soundbites in Derby. More details to follow….
7:30 pm, 28th September 2013, Horsley Church, Derbyshire.
A solo recital of music by Albinez, Tarrega and Granados and more in this beautiful venue.
18th August 2013, Mayfield Music Society, Mayfield.
A private out door, performance for members of Mayfield Music Society. Music by Albinez, Granados and Tarrega.
A concert of pieces and readings evoking the Vienna of the Great Composers. James will be performing Schubert songs with the tenor John Bowley and the concert will also include performances from Heather Gordon-Readfern, Luis Perez and Nicki Kennedy among others.
19th April 2013, Robin Hood Festival, Doncaster.
James will be adjudicating the Classical Guitarists in this years Robin Hood Festival in Doncaster. Organised by Vicki Bodman the festival takes place at Hill House School. For more details visit: http://www.hillhouse.doncaster.sch.uk/Robin-Hood-Festival
3rd of February 2013, One Note Sunday, The Flower Pot, Derby.
The innovative concert series devised by Jazz musician and composer Corey Mwamba. A recital of music by Brouwer, Tarrega, Albinez, Harrison as well as some of my own compositions in the unlikely venue of Derby’s The Flower Pot. I’m really looking forward to this one!
January 26th 2013. Chesterfield Library 11.45am to 12.30pm.
A recital of music by Albinez, Granados, Tarrega and more in the intimate venue of Chesterfield Library. In this performance I will be focusing on works by the great Spanish composers as well as few of my own pieces.
September 14th 2012 7:30pm (doors at 7:15) – Soundbites Charity Recital
The Chapel of Saint Mary on the Bridge, Derby. Tickets are £7. Available fromm Soundbites, 11 Morledge, Derby, DE1 2AW,
Recital with special guest singer Darquise Bilodeau including a selection of songs by John Dowland and music by Ponce, Albinez and Granados as well as some of James Rippingale’s original compositions. This years concert is in aid of Monkey Bay Fund Charity.
Click here to go to the Monkey Bay Fund Facebook.
13th November 2011 – Solo Guitar Recital Music in the Great Hall, Southwell Minster.
20th September 2011 – Solo Guitar Recital, Melbourne Festival, Derbyshire.
A fourth visit to the Melbourne festival in Derbyshire. James will be giving a recital of pieces by Tarrega, Harrison, Bellinatti and Brouwer as well a performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint for live guitar and pre-recorded tape. A fun and interesting recital program.
For details visit: www.melbournefestival.co.uk
16th September 2011 – Solo Guitar Recital for Soundbites, Derby.
A recital of music by Brouwer, Granados, Albinez, Barrios and more in the beautiful setting of The Chapel of Saint Mary on the Bridge (Sowter Road, Derby DE1 3AT)7:30 pm Tickets £6. For details visit www.soundbitesderby.org.uk
19th July 2011 – Reflections Flute and Guitar Duo play in Geneva.
Geneva International Summer Festival and Acadamy of Music (Switzerland). For details visit: http://genevasummeracademy.ch/EN/Welcome.html
17th July 2011 – Reflections Flute and Guitar Duo Recital, Mayfield Music Society.
3pm. Mayfield Parish Church, Church Lane, Mayfield, Derbyshire (near Ashbourne). A relaxed Sunday afternoon recital for our friends the Mayfields Music Society. The program will include works by Piazzolla, Mozart, Bartok, Tarrega and more. For details visit: www.mayfieldmusic.org.uk, www.reflectionsmusic.co.uk
26th Jan 2011 – Solo Guitar Recital. A pre-concert recital at Derby Assembly Rooms supporting the European Chamber Orchestra and Nicola Benedetti.
16th October 2010 – Rodrigo Concerto de Aranjuez with the DCO.
Rodrigo’s timeless guitar masterpiece played by James Rippngale with the DCO conducted by Jonathan Trout.
7th September 2010 – Solo Guitar Recital. James Rippingale plays a solo classical guitar recital for Mayfield Music Society
In the village of Mayfield near Ashbourne. 7th September 7.30pm at Mayfield Parish Church. The Programme will include music by Bach, Brouwer and Granados as well as some of James’ own compositions. For more details and to book tickets please visit: www.mayfieldmusic.org.uk