The diary below is for classical guitar and related music in Western Australia. Send information by email to Graham Hawkes or by phone/text 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

RTRFM is a not for profit radio station
which relies on the support of the public to continue to bring you The Sound Alternative.

Studio Ph 9260 9210
Go there to see playlists and re-stream previous shows.

Plucked Strings on fakebook

Plucked Strings presenters
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Darryn Santana
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Jason Marais
Natalie Ong
Natalie Ong
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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.


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.


RTRFM Studio  92 60 92 10


email =
phone/text = 0420 619 414
RTRFM email =

Click here to open a
catalogue of local guitar recordings
broadcast on Plucked Strings
The Old Guitarist, late 1903-early 1904
Oil on panel, 122.9 x 82.6 cms
signed, l.r.: "Picasso", Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973
Art Institute of Chicago
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.
Plucked Strings and its predecessors celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the first broadcast [6th April 1987][; with an anniversary edition of the show on 2nd April 2017.
PLEASE get in touch with additions and/or corrections.  Email Graham Hawkes.

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EventDate / Time Venue


Aylin Eleonora

An evening of passion & rhythm by Flamenco guitarist Raul Mannola and dancer Aylin Eleonora.

Fringe World Event

Each artist brings their vision, tradition, experimentation, freedom and improvisation into VIVIR, a fresh new interpretation of the ancient art of Flamenco. Direct from Spain.


Tickets - Fringe World
Sun Feb 10
Thurs Feb 14
Old Customs House
8 Phillimore St
Fremantle, 6160
18+ venue or accompanied by parent or legal guardian
Frid Feb 15
Sat Feb 16
Stevenson Theatre
1st Floor
8 Stafford St
Midland, 6056
All ages venue
Sun Feb 17
Don Russell Performing Arts Centre
Lot 13, Murdoch Rd
Thornlie, 6108
18+ venue or accompanied by parent or legal guardian
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Broadcast with Darryn
6 to 7pm Sun
Feb 17
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
Plucked Strings JasonMarais
Broadcast with Jason
6 to 7pm Sun
Feb 24
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
Plucked Strings

On this day, two birthdays;

Nikos Mamangakakis 1929
Federico Moreno Torroba 1891.

An hour for some of their works for guitar.
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Broadcast with Graham

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6 to 7pm Sun
Mar 3
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
Plucked Strings Natalie Ong
Broadcast with Natalie
6 to 7pm Sun
Mar 10
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
Tommy Emmanuel
plus very special guest Jerry Douglas
Tommy EmmanuelAustralia's internationally acclaimed acoustic guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel returns to Perth Concert Hall next April. Tommy brings the power of a full band to his solo acoustic playing, with incredible charisma, stunning speed, dexterity and unerring command of melody with multi Grammy winning dobro legend Jerry Douglas, direct from Nashville. 8pm Wed
April 17

Presale tickets available until Sun 2 Dec, 11pm
Open sale from morning after
From $79.90

Perth Concert Hall
Perth Concert Hall
5 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Free lunchtime concerts

A tasty Tuesday series of free classical lunchtime concerts featuring staff, students or visiting guests serving up sumptuous musical treats for hungry ears.
1.10pm Tues
20 Aug

Richard Gill Auditorium
Building 1
Room 110
2 Bradford St
Mount Lawley 6050
Alice Giles: Harp Celebration
Performed by Alice Giles and stars of the Perth Harp Festival
In the hands of the brilliant Alice Giles AM, the sound of the harp ignites the imagination and transports listeners to places of exotic beauty. One of the world's leading harp soloists, the Australian-born musician leads the Perth Harp Festival in a celebration of exquisite harp music showcasing the talents of Perth's harpists. All ticket sales through The Harp Society of WA. 2.00pm Sun
Oct 6

Tickets $30/20
FREE under 12 yrs
Bookings open
Public 23 Jul
Richard Gill Auditorium
Building 1
Room 110
2 Bradford St
Mount Lawley 6050
The Parisian Guitar

Music Director Jonathan Paget
Performed by Classical Guitar students, Plectra Guitar Ensemble and the Indian Ocean Ensemble with Jonathan Paget.
Join us for a celebration of the beauty, passion and romance of the Parisian guitar. From 16th century counterpoint through to post-modern guitar bards such Dyens and Kleynjans, the French have had a long love affair with the guitar. Enjoy musical gems from this rich body of work performed by the Classical Guitar students and Plectra Guitar Ensemble, with a highlight performance by WAAPA's classical guitar expert Jonathan Paget of Ferdinando Carulli's Petit Concerto de Société on a period instrument, accompanied by the Indian Ocean Ensemble Wed 7.30pm
Oct 9
Tickets $29/24
Bookings open
Friends 10 Sep
Public 17 Sep

9370 6636
Richard Gill Auditorium
Building 1
Room 110
2 Bradford St
Mount Lawley 6050
    Concluded events below    
EventDate / Time Venue
Plucked Strings
with guest
from Global Rhythm Pot

Hugo Jorge

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Broadcast with Graham

Global Rhythm Pot  Sat 11am - 1pm
6 to 7pm Sun
Feb 3
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
Mandolin Summer School 2019
West Australian Mandolin Orchestra
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West Australian Mandolin Orchestra (est. 1976) will hold a 4 day Summer School for players of classical guitar and mandolin in January, 2019

  • ensemble playing - both in small groups and larger ensembles
  • workshops- practice technique, conducting
  • introductory workshops for new players - for players with little or no previous experience
  • All workshops will be given under professional guidance and some instruments are available on request.
  • Daily sessions run from 10am - 4pm with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.
  • Please register ASAP to ensure a place at the Workshop.
January 15th to 18th, 2019
Contact for more information
9337 4109
Rhein Donau Club
110 North Lake Road

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