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Guitarist Gordon Giltrap artwork by Sue Martin by Sue Martin
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Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple and Blackmore's Night says:

"Anyone who asks me knows, that I think that Gordon Giltrap is one of the best acoustic guitar players in the world.

He gave me lots of hints on how to approach the acoustic guitar as opposed to the electric guitar.

He was always way ahead of his time. His concerts and playing are breathtaking. He's also very witty, and I love the fact that he has not cut his hair!"



HEADLINES

Zoom / Skype / Facetime Lesson Sessions

Paul Roberts

Paul is a fine guitar coach and has been very supportive of me over the past few years and has offered to be the conduit for my future online guitar teaching. Previously I mentioned offering my services as a session player on folks recording projects. I'm now offering online guitar lessons. Anyone interested should contact Paul at the email and phone number listed below and he will give you all the terms and information you require. He will then liaise with me and schedule sessions and see if 'Zoom, Skype or Facetime' is the best option for us to use.

All you need to do is get in touch and let him know what your specific needs are and arrange a mutually agreed time and we can make this happen. Obviously pieces to be learnt will be taken from the current list of files available for my compositions. The other alternative is for me to give advice on techniques or players' own creativity and I shall help in any way I can to hopefully unlock and ignite that creative spark within them.

Should you wish to purchase Guitar sessions with me as a gift for someone else, Paul will provide the details.

Below is a nice testimonial from Ian one of my students on the ZOOM lessons I have just embarked on.

I hope that many more of you will feel confident enough to take the plunge and join me on line for a lesson or two. Half hour, three quarters of an hour and one hour are the options. Most find that half hour chunks work well and give folk enough time to take in all the salient points of the lesson and then go away and practise. Filming certain sections on their phones is also a great aid de memoir!!! Tab is of course sent well in advance before the allotted lesson day.

I feel that teaching is an equal part to my performing and composing life. I feel sure that the time spent will encourage students to create their own pieces, hopefully inspired by the lessons.

All enquiries about online guitar sessions should be made to Paul Roberts at pcrguitar@gmail.com or call him direct on 07860 648068

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you face to face online.

Eye of the Wind

The Eye of the Wind Rhapsody can now be downloaded on all the digital platforms. I have already had a very favourable response from folk who have heard it, all we need now is for Classic FM to pick up on it. Dream on Giltrap I hear you cry!

The good news is that all the parts including the master-score have been lovingly restored in digital format by my good friend Adam Parrish and is available FREE OF CHARGE to any orchestras out there who wish to perform it. Just contact our beloved webmaster Sue Holton via the contact page, and she will make that happen for you.

My sincere thanks go to Adam for this labour of love that the dear chap spent literally months on and off in between his busy musical life to make sure everything is in perfect working order, (if one can apply that to the written word) for orchestra leaders and managers to acquire painlessly in readiness for performance.

Heartsong for Brass Band.

A few years back I had contact with the legendary Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band. One of their members Mr Leigh Baker expressed an interest in arranging Heartsong for Brass band. This is now available to download FREE OF CHARGE for any interested parties to perform.

I am making no charge for the access to the scores for both pieces. It is just my wish that this music be out there for people to perform and enjoy.

If you represent an orchestra or band that would be potentially interested in performing either of these pieces just drop a quick email introducing yourself to Sue Holton at ggiltrap@gmail.com and she will arrange for you to download the scores.

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'HEARTSONGS' Charity Cd

It has been my privilege to record and release many albums over the past half-decade. All have been important to me, but none so quite as much as this release. Not just for musical reasons but for powerful and heartfelt life affirming reasons. This is a way of saying thank you to the surgeons and nursing team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where I recently underwent two lots of major surgery.




HEARTSONGS
was created and developed over several months as a fund raising album for the Birmingham Hospitals charity.

Although the album is essentially a re-release of ‘Shining Morn’ it has extra tracks that weren't on there before.

More details on the background to this release can be found HERE along with the track listing.

Sadly during the course of creating the album my beloved son Jamie passed away, and the album acts as a fitting tribute to his memory.

As I say in the sleeve notes that this album is my way of saying 'THANKYOU' and in my own small way trying to give something back. That’s why for me this whole project is quite emotionally and spiritually charged and it truly means so much to me.

Please do feel moved to buy a copy. For £10 including UK postage and packing this truly does represent I think good value for money. PLEASE PURCHASE HERE

Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust

It has been my pleasure and privilege to be a patron of the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust for over twenty years now, and during that time the charity has raised a small fortune being put to outstanding benefits to patients afflicted with this terrible cancer.

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Every year I do a fundraising concert, usually over the Easter period at The Fleece in Bretforton just outside Evesham in a medieval 500 year old barn. Each year Hilary and I look forward very much to this small but special event to celebrate the life of this remarkable young girl whose life was so tragically cut short.

On our new Charity Page you will find information about the charity and how you can help further the work of Tracy's mother Sue Sollis who has raised literally thousands from her unstinting downright hard work.


She should be on the honours list for the work she has done to help find a cure for Leukaemia and also to raise money to buy equipment for her local hospital. A truly great human being.

Read the News Update pages for extra details on these items and more.

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