The diary below is for classical guitar music in Western Australia. Send information for inclusion to Graham Hawkes. Telephone him on 92 74 20 09 or click on the name to send email. More information about the performers and events can be found by following links in the diary.

Plucked Strings
6 to 7pm every Sunday

rtrfm 92.1
Studio Ph 9260 9210

Plucked Strings presenters
Natalie Ong

Natalie Ong
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Jason Marais
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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 Natalie Ong, Jason Marais 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.

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.
- at any time - or during broadcast time
  • 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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Perth Guitar Quartet
Inspiración – Valentine’s Day concert

Duncan Gardiner
Melissa Fitzgerald
Chris Kotchie
Jameson Feakes

Perth Guitar Quartet web page
Perth Guitar Quartet
Perth Guitar Quartet

The Perth Guitar Quartet promise to get hearts racing as they entertain you with their most sensuous and beautiful repertoire for the guitar for this special Valentine’s Day concert. You’re also likely to want to dance along to the flamenco rhythms and aching songs from Spain to the fiery and energetic dances from South America by much loved composers Albeniz, Granados, Piazzolla and the Gipsy Kings. Interspersed with sparkling love songs they are sure to make you swoon.
5pm Sun
Feb 14
(doors open 4:30pm)

$15 Student
Cottesloe Civic Centre
109 Broome St
Plucked Strings
Interview with Leonard Grigoryan

Broadcast with Jason

rtrfm 92.1
6 to 7pm Sun
Feb 14
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =

Perth International Arts Festival
Four internationally acclaimed musicians, two sets of siblings and one superb quartet.
That’s Band of Brothers. ARIA award-winning guitarist Slava Grigoryan, his equally gifted brother Leonard and the extraordinarily talented Joseph and James Tawadros team up for a musically adventurous collaboration.
As a quartet, theirs is group artistry of the highest order, utilising a repertoire crossing countless cultural and stylistic lines, from jazz to world, classical to traditional. Together, they will take you on a captivating musical journey.
9:00pm Frid
19 Feb

Tickets from PIAF
Enter via The Esplanade, corner of William Street.
8pm Sat
Feb 20

Tickets online
Albany Entertainment Centre
2 Toll Pl
Albany WA 6330
A Twilight Concert of Romantic Guitar Music
on replica instruments by Rovis-Hermann
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Jonathan Paget

featuring Jonathan Paget [solos and duos]
Simon Rovis Hermann [duos]

Music by Coste, Carulli, Giuliani, Mozart, Haydn
5:15 - 6:15pm
Sat 20 Feb
Tickets on line at Eventbrite
Australia II Gallery
WA Maritime Museum
Victoria Quay
Plucked Strings
Broadcast with Graham

rtrfm 92.1
6 to 7pm Sun
Feb 21
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
Grigoryan Brothers

This Time National Tour

Grigoryan Brothers' web page
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Slava and Leonard Grigoryan

‘This Time’ is the latest release by Australia’s most respected guitar duo. This, their 6th duo release, highlights the brothers’ astounding skills which are at the core of the critical acclaim they have achieved in Australia and on the international state.
The brothers, who are classically trained, cannot be pigeonholed, playing a vast repertoire of songs and music that befits the classical, jazz or world genre.
7.00pm Wed
17 Feb

(+61 8) 9956 6662
Queens Park Theatre
75 Cathedral Ave
WA 6530
Feb 21

Buy tickets - Voyager Estate

Email for info
Ph +61 8 9757 6354
Voyager Esate
41 Stevens Road
Margaret River
7.30pm Mon
Feb 22

Buy tickets

Phone (08) 9257 2558

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre
48 Canning Road
Kalamunda 6076

Plucked Strings

interview with
Duncan Gardiner and Setsu Masuda

Broadcast with Natalie

rtrfm 92.1
6 to 7pm Sun
Feb 28
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
mimi duo
Duncan Gardiner (guitar)
Setsu Masuda (piano)

mimiduo web page
Duncan Gardiner and Setsu Masuda
Duncan Gardiner and Setsu Masuda

Falling Like Tears - CD Launch
mimi duo is releasing their debut album at the beautiful Church of the Resurrection (Swanbourne). Artist, Jo Darvall’s magical artbook (which served as inspiration the project) The Rose, The Butterfly, the Bee and the Moth will be on display at the event. Sample a range of wines generously provided by Happs fine wines and enjoy light refreshments.
Album on sale = $20
3pm Sun
Mar 6
(doors open at 2pm for pre-concert drinks)

$10 Student
Church of the Resurrection
105 Shenton Rd
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Plucked Strings

Interview with Melissa Fitzgerald and Duncan Gardiner of Perth Guitar Quartet

Broadcast with Jason

rtrfm 92.1
6 to 7pm Sun
Feb 7
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
Adelaide Guitar Festival Summer School
Summer holidays guitar program.

More info
Building on the outstanding response for the Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra in 2014, the Adelaide Guitar Festival Summer School (AGFSS) will be a week of intensive, immersive classical guitar playing and skills development.
$200 per student
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to secure your booking
Tutors: Dr Paul Svoboda, Richard Charlton, Oliver Fartach-Naini, Andras Tuske, Slava Grigoryan
International Guest Tutors: Massimo Scattolin & Andrea Vettoretti (Italy)
9am – 4pm
18 – 22 Jan 2016

Adelaide Festival Centre
North Terrace
Adelaide city centre

AWARDS The financial problems in Greece do not allow us to offer a large amount of money, so we will give symbolic money awards to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner as well as lots of gifts, concerts etc. Special prize for the 1st winner will be awarded:
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Guitar Friends Association “Dimitris Fampas” gladly announces the organization of the 1st International Guitar Competition Dimitris Fampas in Athens during 2016 to honor the memory of this great guitarist, composer and professor. This competition will be organized every three years and it is open to all guitarists from around the world who will be under 30 years old on the day of the finals on April 2016.

Entries closed now [Jan 15th 2016] - preliminary round judging commencing

  1. A piece by Dimitris Fampas
  2. One movement from a Sonata by a contemporary composer (20th & 21st century)
  3. Two parts from a Suite by J. S. Bach
Click here for detail
Why not extend that holiday feeling into the new year by relaxing while listening to quality music in the unique and striking acoustic setting of the Roundhouse at Manjimup Timber & Heritage Park?
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Ian Simpson

Warren Arts Council presents their first music concert of 2016 on Friday 15th January from 7.30 pm. This public concert at the Roundhouse kicks off a weekend residential bluegrass jamcamp with these top WA musicians.
Well known WA musicians Ian Simpson, Rod Vervest, Dave Clarke & Bob Thomson will draw on 30 years of playing experience to present a programme of acoustic Americana roots music- blues, swing, ragtime, country and bluegrass.
7.30pm Frid
Jan 15

Tickets at the door
$25 adults
$10 school aged children

Generously discounted pre-purchased tickets available at the Manjimup Visitors’ Centre, cash only.
Out of towners can contact for how to take advantage of the early bird discounted family and individual tickets.
Or, on FaceBook.
Edwards St
Manjimup - at the Timber and Heritage Park.
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