Gerald Garcia – Biography

Gerald Garcia – studied Chemistry at Oxford  University  and  now lives in Oxford.

When not performing as a guitarist in Borneo or the Arctic Circle, he writes music and conducts and trains ensembles.

His ’25 Etudes Esquisses’ for guitar solo  have been recorded for NAXOS by John  Holmquist and Alison Bendy and his music has been played and  recorded by David Russell, Craig Ogden, the Amadeus Duo, the Eden-Stell Duo, Xue Fei Yang,the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and John  Williams. His compositions have also been performed or recorded by the Oxford Concert Party and the early music ensemble Charivari Agreable.
His concerto for 2 guitars based on  themes collected by Garcia Lorca (the Lorca Concerto) has been  performed throughout Europe and is a staple of the guitar duo repertoire – it has recently been recorded on the  Hanssler label by the Amadeus Duo and with the National Youth Guitar Ensemble by the Eden Stell Duo.
His concerto for violin, guitar and strings (Concerto Romantico) was  performed in February 2013 to a capacity audience in Vilnius Congress Hall by the Lithuanian State Symphony with Vilhelmas Cepinskis and Sergej Krinicin
His  orchestral and choral music has been performed at  the Festival for Youth and Music two years  running and he has written many guitar and orchestral works.
His music and arrangements have been published  worldwide by Mel Bay, Holley Music, ABG  publications, Guitarissimo and Cramer.
His teaching experience has included educational  workshops with Kent Opera, English National  Opera and the Academy of St.Martin-in-the- Fields.

He is a regular tutor at the International Guitar Festivals in Iserlohn, Germany and West Dean, UK.

He is at present musical director of the National Youth Guitar  Ensemble which brings together young guitarists  from all over the UK to play guitar orchestral  pieces, some of which have been commissioned for the group.
He has taken part in and created music workshops for both school children and teachers in Britain and Scotland and is a popular adjudicator at music festivals around the world.
As a session guitarist he has been heard in many films scored by Gabriel Yared, Michel Legrand, Stanley Meyers and Philippe Sarde, amongst others.
He has recorded more than 14 CDs with Naxos, Meridian, Acoustics and Saga which have sold more than 50,000 copies world-wide.
He has performed with many other musicians  and actors, notably guitarists Paco Peña, John  Renbourn and John Williams, and performs in a  duo with Alison Bendy and with Simon Mayor’s  Mandolinquents as well as in an occasional  Irish”ensemble” with Mick Henry, Bernard  O’Donoghue, John Pethica and Tom Paulin.
In October 1995 he toured China in a duo with  guitarist John Williams playing to audiences of  tens of thousands of Chinese guitarists and teaching at Beijing and Shanghai conservatoires.
He has been invited back to China more recently with teaching posts at Guangzhou, Beijing and Chengdu.

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Guitar weekend in Benslow 13-15 October 2023

UK guitarists! It’s here again…

Tired of practising on your own? Looking to improve your musical skills?

Join us in a guitar ensemble with a friendly group of like minded people in lovely surroundings!

More or less expertly held together by Gerald Garcia !

This year’s music will include:

Piazzolla: Muerte del Angel
Adios Nonino

Bach/Garcia: Prelude in B minor

Gerald Garcia: Spanish Ladies

Tchaikovsky arr.Alilović: Waltz of the Flowers

and more(?) to follow

You will receive music in advance, and there will be a performance on the Sunday followed by tea…

Full board and lodging is provided on site.

For info and booking, email:

Weekend Programme

The guitar ensemble rehearsal/tuition programme is determined by its director, but typically consists of sessions:

• After dinner on the Friday

• Saturday morning

• After tea on Saturday

• After dinner on Saturday

• Sunday morning

The period between lunch and tea on Saturday is free – you can explore the grounds, go into town, practise, play with other guitarists or singers or just rest.


On Saturday evening there will be an informal concert at which both singers and guitarists who wish to perform to the others may do so.

We aim to make no profit from these weekends so our prices for accommodation reflect the tariff of the venue. The prices for accommodation including all meals, tea and coffee will be updated soon.

Participant in a single room

Participant sharing a double or twin room

Non-participant sharing a double room

This is a special rate for a spouse or partner to accompany a guitarist or singer.

These rates do not include tuition/direction. Each guitarist is expected to pay Gerald

Bookings are to be accompanied by a deposit of at least £50 per person. This represents a commitment to pay the rest a few weeks before the weekend. If we do not accept your booking or do not provide the accommodation, then we shall return whatever you have paid.


Special requirements

If you have any special preferences for food or accommodation, then let us know when you book, and we shall do our best to satisfy them. There are some rooms suitable for people with limited mobility and the venue’s catering team will do their best to provide dishes to meet guests’ special requests if notified in advance.

(The small print here is that while we endeavour to meet special requirements, if these arise from medical conditions then we do not want to know about that and take no medical responsibility. Data protection regulations, we believe, permit us to hold the information that we need about you, but not about your health.

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