The diary below is for classical guitar and related music in Western Australia. Send information by email to Graham Hawkes or by phone 92 74 20 09 / 0420 619 414.
More information about the performers and events can be found by following links in the diary.

Plucked Strings
6 to 7pm every Sunday


Studio Ph 9260 9210

Plucked Strings presenters
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Darryn Santana
JasonMarais (16K)

Jason Marais
Natalie Ong

Natalie Ong
Plucked Strings
on fakebook
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Programme co-ordinator
Graham Hawkes

Plucked Strings is an established radio programme on every Sunday evening from 6 to 7pm. The programme was presented for many years by Naomi Millett and now by Darryn Santana, Jason Marais, Natalie Ong and Graham Hawkes. They present a varied programme of music from the rich world of the guitar and related instruments, notice of guitar events, live performances, new releases, Guitar Society news, interviews and requests. The RTRFM web site offers live broadcast, re-streaming from archives of previous shows and playlists.

Plucked Strings and its predecessors celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the first broadcast [6th April 1987].
Anniversary edition of the show on 2nd April.

Requests - how to
We welcome your requests.
Between us we have a fair range of music but since we cannot bring a whole library into the studio, a request may take a week or two to be broadcast.
phone = 92 74 20 09.
email =
RTRFM email =
To make your email easier to find, please put PLUCKED STRINGS in the subject line.
RTRFM Studio
= 92 60 92 10
Click for A history of this radio programme
We have a project to create a history of this wonderful radio programme. The show and its predecessors are among the longest running on this station which was also the first FM station in WA.
PLEASE get in touch with additions and/or corrections.  Email Graham Hawkes.

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EventDate / Time Venue

Plucked Strings
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RTRFM at 40
6 to 7pm Sun
Mar 5
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =

Plucked Strings
Pieces by St Stephen's School Senior Guitar Ensemble
Director Duncan Gardiner
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Broadcast with Graham

6 to 7pm Sun
Mar 12
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =

Plucked Strings

Interview with Karin Schaupp
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6 to 7pm Sun
Mar 19
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
Katie Noonan & Karin Schaupp
Katie Noonan
Karin Schaupp
Songs of The Latin Skies
Karin's web page

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp have an intuitive musical connection. Their collaborations have earned them high praise and their latest co-creation, Songs of the Latin Skies once again promises to enchant audiences.
Join them on Thursday, March 23 at the Quarry Amphitheatre as they journey through the great South American songbook of bossa nova, samba, salsa and tango, interpreting work by Gilberto Gil, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luis Bonfa, and more. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine and join Katie and Karin for the last show of the summer.
6:00pm THU
MAR 23

Tickets from Ticketmaster
The Quarry Amphitheatre
City Beach, WA
8:00pm Frid
MAR 24

Tickets from Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Guitar Brazilliance
Music Direction:
Jonathan Paget
Performed by:
Classical Guitar students and staff
Join us for a fiesta of Latin American guitar music from Villa-Lobos to Bellinati and beyond, performed by WAAPA guitar students and guest artists the SilverSands Guitar Trio (Jonathan Paget, Craig Lake, and Nathan Fischer). The guitar artistry of South America dances to the tune of the choros, the samba, the waltz and the tango!
WAAPA Music web page
7:30pm Thurs
11th May

$27 Full, $22 Conc/Friends
Bookings open 4th Apr Friends, 11th Apr Public
Music Auditorium
WA Academy of Performing Arts
2 Bradford St
Mt Lawley
Classical Guitar Showcase

Classical Tuesdays
A tasty Tuesday series of free classical lunchtime concerts featuring staff, students or visiting guests.
WAAPA Music web page
1 pm Tues
Aug 15
Music Auditorium
WA Academy of Performing Arts
2 Bradford St
Mt Lawley
Karin Schaupp (classical guitar)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Celebrated guitarist Karin Schaupp joins forces with percussionist extraordinaire Claire Edwardes in an all Australian program of enthralling musical landscapes. Through the mellow and sensual medium of marimba/vibraphone and guitar, the audience is taken on a musical journey through the Australian outback, sojourning in lush rainforests and soaking up the sun on warm beaches. Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes are two of Australia's best-loved musical artists and this is a rare privilege to hear them play together.
WAAPA Music web page
7.30pm Frid
Aug 18

$36 Full, $28 Conc/Friends
Bookings open 18th Jul Friends
25th Jul Public
Judith Cottier Theatre
Perth College
31 Lawley Crescent
Mount Lawley
Karin Schaupp

Karin Schaupp Plays Rodrigo

RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte
RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
Christopher Dragon conductor
An exhilarating concert of fantastical tales and exotic colours.
Ravel's Pavane evokes the courtly world of Renaissance Spain with as much perfumed nostalgia as Rodrigo's popular guitar concerto does. Rodrigo described his glorious concerto as capturing "the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains."
Rimsky-Korsakov's equally popular tone poem Scheherazade plunges you headfirst into the exotic world of the Tales of the Arabian Nights. Former WASO Assistant Conductor Christopher Dragon is joined by acclaimed Australian guitarist Karin Schaupp in this enchanting concert.
". a flawless performance from Karin Schaupp, the like of which I have not heard before." - Classical Guitar (UK)
Two performances

7:30PM Fri
Oct 6
7:30PM Sat
Oct 7

Tickets from WASO
Perth Concert Hall
5 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Rosemary and Thyme:
The English Guitar
Music Direction:
Jonathan Paget
Performed by:
Classical Guitar students with Jonathan Paget (guitar) and Stewart Smith (piano)
hrough the passion and artistic genius of Julian Bream, the guitar in England was repositioned at the leading edge of musical excellence, with stunning interpretations of works by the likes of Britten, Walton, and Tippet. Celebrate Bream's artistic legacy and the English guitar heritage in all its richness and poetry, from the Renaissance to the present day. The evening showcases performances by WAAPA guitar students, and features Jonathan Paget and Stewart Smith in a special performance of Mr Shand's Guitar Concerto.
WAAPA Music web page
7:30pm Wed
Oct 11
$27 Full
Bookings open
12th Sep Friends
19th Sep Public
Music Auditorium
WA Academy of Performing Arts
2 Bradford St
Mt Lawley
    Concluded events below    
An Evening in Paris

Parisienne jazz manouche with Sassafras; Jessie Gordon on vocals, Adrian Galante on clarinet, Lachlan Gear and Aaron Deacon on acoustic guitars and Pete Jeavons on double bass.
7 shows 6.30pm
Mon Feb 13
Sun Feb 19

Tickets from Fringe World site
The Ellington Jazz Club web site

The Ellington Jazz Club
191-193 Beaufort St
Ph 9228 1088


Fri 10-Sun 12 Feb

VUYANI ENSEMBLE Thur 16 Feb, St George's Cathedral [sold out], Albany, Denmark

15 Feb, Albany, Denmark
The divine harmonies of the Vuyani Ensemble - with guitarist Giuliano Modarelli - are woven through Maqoma's vibrant movement to bring this story of race, politics, cultural tradition and personal legacy to life.
Link TO PIAF + Modarelli Various PIAF venues - follow link
Eloquence Music
histoire du tango

Mathew Laurenson, guitar
Sara Duhig, violin

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a swathe of tango pieces, mostly by Piazzolla and Mathew Laurenson
3 shows 9.15pm
9th, 10th and 11th of Feb

Tickets $20 from Fringe World site
His Majestys Theatre- Dress Circle Bar
825 Hay St
WA 6000

Plucked Strings
with guests from Sassafras
Lachlan Gear
Adrian Galante & Jessie Gordon
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Ref: "An Evening in Paris"
6 to 7pm Sun
Feb 5
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =

Plucked Strings
with guest
Mathew Laurenson
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Ref: Eloquence Music, histoire du tango
6 to 7pm Sun
Jan 29
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
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