Classical maestro brings his guitar back to its home town

Marc Ongley
Marc Ongley

Marc Ongley, recognised as one of Australia’s finest guitarists, is appearing in concert in Lewes where he will play on a guitar made in the town.

The event at the All Saints Centre on Saturday, March 28, marks the first concert in Sussex for Marc, who began his musical career in 1965 at the age of 13 and was supporting The Beach Boys and The Kinks on their Australian tours with his band, Maya, by the time he was 17.

Now specialising in classical guitar, Marc will present a programme of works by well-known composers, including Bach, Chopin and Scarlatti, in addition to his own compositions. He will play on a guitar manufactured in Lewes by Pablo Requena.

Marc, whose first solo album was recorded at Sydney Opera House in 1980, made his UK debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in 1982 and has played in numerous concerts and recitals and been featured in film, TV and radio broadcasts.

His numerous credits include his debut jazz CD recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1993, playing on the film soundtrack of Les Miserables and recording his own compositions with Francis Monkman and Kevin Peek from the group Sky. Other personal career highlights include performing a special piece for actor Sir John Mills on his 90th birthday and playing for dignitaries at the Australian High Commission in London.

Tickets for the concert at All Saints Centre, Friars’ Walk, cost £10 in advance from Union Music Store, Lansdown Place, Lewes, or online at They will also be available on the door, subject to availability, for £12. Doors open 7pm.