The International Guitar Foundation has moved its famous festival to Cheltenham

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Saturday 24th July – Friday 6th August 2010
University of Gloucestershire Park campus, Cheltenham GL50 2RH
The International Guitar Foundation (IGF) a nationwide music charity with a number of well-known festivals has moved its famous festival and summer school from a 17-year residency in Bath and relocated to the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus in Cheltenham. Widely regarded as the most important event of its kind worldwide, organizers are celebrating the move with an exceptional line-up that will make Cheltenham a Mecca for guitarists this summer. And its not just guitar, running parallel is Europe’s number one event for drummers.

The move to Cheltenham was an obvious one according the cofounder and manager Phil Castang “The Park campus is such a perfect place. It has first rate facilities and is so beautiful that I knew immediately it was the only place for an event of this importance”.

The Foundation and the University of Gloucestershire have sealed a unique strategic business relationship with significant support from the University.

Jill Stuart, head of marketing at the University said: “We are so pleased to welcome the International Guitar Foundation’s festival to the University.  We support many of the town’s wonderful festivals, including the annual Cheltenham Festivals in science, literature, jazz and music and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the IGF to provide a new festival for Cheltenham.”

The two-week festival and summer school runs from the 24 July to 6 August and features workshops and concerts for all levels, ages and for all styles of guitar from blues and rock to classical and jazz. Students are able to study during the day and jam into the night, with concerts by leading international artists throughout the 2 weeks there is something for everyone.

Highlights include: Grammy winning classical guitarists David Russell and Scott Tennant, early music specialist Nigel North, American blues artists Alvin Youngblood Hart and Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald, British blues rock legend Bernie Marsden finger picking legend Tommy Emmanuel, celebrated folk songsmith Chris Wood, cult rock guitarists Guthrie Govan and Dave Kilminster, and Jamiroquai’s Rob Harris. And its not just guitar, the drum faculty boasts a stellar line-up including Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse), Gary Husband (Level 42) and Dave Mackintosh (Dragon Force). And the big voice academy invites singers of all styles and levels to join in the fun.

The festival and summer school is widely regarded as the benchmark event of its kind and students are advised to book early. Full concert details will be available in May.

For more details on the festival and summer school and to experience a class visit

Source: University of Gloucestershire

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