New Musical Director

The NESCGS is pleased to advise that Peter Stewart has become the society's new musical director. 

Our first musical director, Conall MacKay decided to step down at the end of the last season.  We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for taking a rag-tag bunch of guitarists and forming us into a tight and proficient guitar orchestra over his years at the helm.

Peter now brings an exceptional blend of skills and experiences that we feel will take the society's orchestra to the next level of musicianship and performance.

NESCGS Concert - Fri 16th Sept 8pm

Ian Watt shall be performing at Kemnay Church Hall on Friday 16th September 2016 at 8.00pm.

Tickets at the door £10, concession £8, 16 and unders free when accompanied by an adult.

Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1991, Ian Watt first came to international attention when, at 18, he was awarded 2nd prize (silver medal) at the 2009 Parkening International Guitar Competition (USA), the world’s preeminent guitar competition.  Since then, he has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe and world. To date, in addition to the UK, Watt has performed in the USA, China, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ukraine, Denmark, Holland, Estonia, Norway and Belgium and as a concerto soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,   City of London Sinfonia and Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra.  Despite his youth, Watt is also increasingly in demand as a teacher, regularly giving masterclasses internationally, most recently in China (at the Central Conservatory in Beijing), Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

‘…he sounds completely at home whatever century or style he is playing in. He is technically assured, thoughtful, unpretentious…his phrasings, colours and characterisations are a match for anyone.’ – Music Web International, 2013

NESCGS performing at Pitmedden Music Festival 4th June

Pitmedden Music Festival is a family friendly charity festival of live music for all! Two days of eclectic music and entertainment, with something for ...everyone.

The festival is held on the National Trust for Scotland Pitmedden Garden Estate, only 16 miles from Aberdeen City Centre. There will be a programme of entertainment for all the family, with jazz, orchestra, rock and many more genres of music.


NESGCS AGM and Concert by Jacopo Lazzaretti


Free Guitar Recital by Jacopo Lazzaretti 8pm - NOW CHANGED TO 8:30pm

Jacopo won the NESCGS competition held at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in February. As the prize he is playing for the society. We look forward to hearing him.


J. Dowland - A fancy
J. S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue
A. Barrios - La Catedral
W. Walton - Five Bagatelles
M. M. Ponce - Sonatina Meridional



NESCGS 4th Performance Concert - 28th May 2016

NESCGS will be holding their 4th Performance concert on 28th May at Kemnay Church Centre 2-4pm.

There will be a mixture of groups featuring including the guitar orchestra, a quintet, solos and duets.

Their will be a short interval when refreshments will be available.

Donations Welcome


Matthew McAllister Workshop Saturday 14th May 2016

Matthew McAllister lead an all day workshop on Saturday 14th May from 9.00am till 5.00pm at Kemnay Church Hall.

There was a mixture of sessions throughout the day from technical work, masterclass and group ensemble. We focused on tunes that we are going to play in our performance concert that is to be held in 2 weeks. Matthew gave us some valuable instruction on how to improve on our performance.





Matthew McAllister performed at Kemnay Church Hall on 13th May 2016.

Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe. Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his insightful performances and effortless presentation in a concert career spanning well over a decade.

NESCGS Competition at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The 2016 NESGCS competition was held at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on 26th Feb.

The prize for the competition is an opportunity to perform for the North East Classical Guitar Society in Aberdeen.

The winner was Jacopo Lazzaretti and NESGCS members look forward to hearing him perform in May.

The compettion was judged by Graham Anthony Devine.

The North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society is pleased to be hosting a demonstration of top of-the-range classical guitars being given by DK Classical Guitars and local guitar virtuoso Ian Watt. DK Classical guitars offers the finest range of classical guitars in Scotland. They will bring their current range of guitars built by top makers from around the world to this event. After an overview of each guitar, Ian Watt will then give a demonstration on the guitar and contribute his views on it. All guitars will be available for purchase on the night.

NESCGS members performing at Phoenix Centre

NESCGS members will be performing at the Phoenix Community Centre at Newton Dee on 13th Feb. 5pm - 6pm.

The concert is shared with the City of Roses Chorus ( female barbershop singing group).

Free entry.