The Hub's Guitars, Made In Britain, Played All Over The World

By Rene Freling | 12 November 2008
The body of an acoustic guitar.

Some of the world's best known jazz, classical and folk guitarists will be appearing in concert. Image courtesy of The Hub.

According to Beethoven, “the guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself”. While the partners of some amateur guitar players may be keen to point out that the composer was deaf, anyone with a passion for strumming or picking will be delighted to hear about Guitars, Made in Britain, Played all Over the World; a new exhibition at The Hub National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

A series of intimate concerts will run throughout the length of the free exhibition, which runs between 10am and 5pm from November 22 2008 to January 18 2009.

The multi-sensory celebration of the design, craftsmanship and music of guitars will feature acclaimed musicians such as Gordon Giltrap, Newton Faulkner and Bert Jansch, performing jazz, blues, folk and classical works.

The neck and strings of an acoustic guitar.

Advice on buying guitars will be available. Image courtesy of The Hub.

As well as being able to listen to some of the biggest names on the guitar scene, visitors will also have the chance to demonstrate their own skills - if they are feeling brave enough. The Guitars Open Stage will be available for guitar heroes of all levels between 12.30 and 2.30 every day, although slots must be booked in advance.

For those visitors who don’t wish to be quite so involved, an array of instruments made by some of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary guitar makers will be on show, with plenty of opportunities to hold, play and purchase the guitars being exhibited.

The exhibition also offers a rare insight into the work of luthiers, who will be demonstrating the art of creating hand-made and exquisitely designed instruments.

A luthier, or guitar maker, at work.

Visitors will be able to observe a luthier at work. Image courtesy of The Hub.

Guitar makers, including Sleaford’s Susan Johnson, will be revealing the secrets of their craft, including how the sound of an instrument is affected by the way it is made, and workshops will be held offering invaluable advice on maintaining and repairing instruments.

Guitars, Made in Britain, Played all Over the World begins with a concert by exhibition curator and respected virtuoso guitarist Gordon Giltrap on Saturday November 22, with six further week-end evening concerts taking place, including a rare collaboration between Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson on Friday December 12.

The following day, guitarists will be popping up at a number of venues around Sleaford for busking sessions, with all proceeds going to charity.

A hand made acoustic guitar, front and back.

Hand made guitars will be available for purchase. Image courtesy of The Hub.

While the exhibition, workshops and busking sessions are free, tickets for the concerts are priced between £10 and £25, and with numbers limited to 150, advanced purchase is recommended.

Full details can be found on The Hub’s website and tickets can be purchased by calling the ticket office on 01529 308710.

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