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West Dean College’s commitment to specialist guitar courses comes of age this year as the International Classical Guitar Summer School and Festival celebrate its 21st birthday.

The International Classical Guitar Festival and Summer School runs until August 17, offering classical guitar learning, playing and listening opportunities for all levels.

Spokeswoman Penny Smith said: “Under the directorship of John Mills, head of guitar at the Welsh College of Music and professor at the Royal Academy of Music, West Dean will once again be supporting both advanced and elementary students.

“Repertoire, technique classes and a variety of topics in the learning zone form the core teaching programme. Playing opportunities abound in a guitar orchestra and various ensembles. Guitarists receive two individual lessons and attend public recitals and masterclasses by distinguished visiting artists including Tilman Hoppstock, Pavel Steidl, Gary Ryan, Kai Nieminen, Vincent Lindsey-Clark, Irina Kircher, Alfonso Montes and Andrew Gough.

The non-residential course fee is £602 (inc all meals and concert tickets).

Accommodation from £240.

The Summer School is supported by a series of events which are open to the public.

The final concerts are:

Concert by Pavel Steidl - Monday, August 13, 8pm, St Andrew’s Church, West Dean, £12.

Concert by Gary Ryan – Tuesday, August 14, 8pm, St Andrew’s Church, West Dean, £12.

Concert by Duo Montes-Kircher – Wednesday, August 15, 8pm, The Auditorium, West Dean College, £12.

To book call 0844 4994408.