The Bristol Spanish Guitar Centre has a a wide range of tutors with wide ranging experience in all aspects of Classical Guitar Playing Below is a brief resume of each one of the tutors currently Teaching at the Centre
Chris Gilbert ALCM
Chris has been the Principal of the Spanish Guitar Centre since 1991, and was General Manager for the previous 14 years. He trained as a teacher at St. Mary’s College, Twickenham, and as a guitarist with Joan Prior & Hector Quine at Trinity College London, and George Zarb at the London College of Music. Chris was one of the first peripatetic teachers in Gloucestershire, and continues to teach in schools in and around Avon. He has continued the tradition of class tuition, a method of guitar teaching pioneered at the Centre from its conception.
A native of Bristol, Tim has been inextricably linked with the Guitar Centre since the 1960’s, where he has a well established reputation as a teacher and composer. Countless pupils have benefited from his dedicated approach to teaching and his ability to compose pieces and didactic material appropriate for every step of the student’s progress.
In 1981 his original compositions “Five Blues for the Classical Guitar” was published by Hampton Music Publishers. Being well received, one of the titles was incorporated into the Trinity College Guitar Exam syllabus for a period of seven years.
He received international recognition of his skills as a composer when the Californian guitarist/composer Andrew York chose one of his compositions for inclusion in his book “Jazz Guitar for Classical Cats: a Classical Guitarist’s Guide to Jazz Harmony”. A further endorsement of Tim Royal’s reputation came when Andrew York asked him to write the sleeve notes for his best selling CD “Into Dark”. Tim is also remembered by the many hundreds of guitarists attending the annual International Guitar Seminar at Prussia Cove where his musical expertise was much in demand
Pat has been a professional performer, published composer and teacher of Spanish, Latin American and romantic guitar music since 1968.
He has been a close friend and colleague of us all at the Spanish Guitar Centre during this period and it is good to have him rejoining our
He is well known for his playing throughout the U.K. and has performed at music festivals, societies, clubs, hotel functions and on both
radio and television.
He has recently returned to live in Bristol and continues to be busy teaching, composing and performing.
Zoltan Farkas was an eminently talented guitar student at the Simonffy Emil School of Music in Debrecen, Hungary,
where he studied under Adam Balint.
During six years of exceptional academic and performance success, Zoltan gave many acclaimed solo recitals in
Debrecen and Ozd. His talent as a guitar teacher was widely acknowledged in Debrecen, which led to his participation
in Educational School Programmes and he was well known for his work in the Institute of Physically and Mentally Handicapped
Children and with children suffering from leukemia.
We are delighted to have a guitarist of Zoltan's ability joining the teaching staff at the Spanish Guitar Centre, where he has presented
concerts featuring his pupils of all abilities - from elementary to diploma standard. In recognition of his stature, the Bristol Guitar
Society has appointed him their Musical Director
Hans Michael Anselmo Hess
Hans studied classical guitar at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil (UFRGS) with Rogerio Constante, Flavia Domingues Alves and Marcus Bonilla,
obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Music (Performance) with optimal concept on his graduation performance. During his time in Brazil he worked in different music
schools and music conservatoires achieving great experience in teaching classical guitar.
In September 2007 he completed his MA in Music Composition for Film/TV/Media at the University of Bristol and it is a pleasure to welcome him to the teaching
staff at the Spanish Guitar Centre www.hanshessmusic.com
John Vivian Edwards LTCL LRAM MSTAT
John has studied with Emilio Pujol, Alexandre Lagoya, John Mills and David Russell. After a duration as the guitar tutor at the Jamaica School of Music, he made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1975, and in 1983 trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, introducing many guitarists to the joys of ‘correct use’ of the body. He has performed with Thomas Hartman and Vincent Lindsay Clarke in the Emilio Pujol Centenary Concert, and in 1994 performed in the Festival Agustin Barrios in Paraguay. Since then he has combined solo work with collaborations with flautist Nicola Russell and keyboard player Penelope Weedon. He is also pursuing his interest in baroque music using a Stradivarius copy.
Hayley Savage LWCMD
As a student at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Hayley was twice winner of the Guitar Prize and has also been three times winner of the guitar category at the Bath and Mid Somerset Music Festival. She has studied with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Simon Dinnigan and Jorge Morel. She combines careers in teaching, performance – as a soloist and a member of the Colibri Guitar Quartet – and composition. Her large scale work for guitar and string orchestra was performed in 1997 by John Mills and the Sarum String Orchestra at Salisbury cathedral. In 1999 she was the winner of the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, and she is currently on the teaching staff at the Bath International Guitar Festival and Summer School.
Roger has been associated with the Centre for the last 20 years. During his long career he has worked in a wide variety of styles including classical, jazz, rock, folk and flamenco and has toured extensively throughout Europe. Roger’s wide experience is reflected in his teaching, which involves an all-round understanding of the guitar and its many possibilities. When not working with the guitar, Roger is to be found touring with his unique Aeolian Harps – amplified stringed instruments played entirely by the wind – playing at most major European festivals. His two CDs “Windsongs” and “Voices of the Wind” are available from the Spanish Guitar Centre. He plays guitar and mandolin in a working duo and the three volumes of his highly successful guitar duets “Tunes for Two”, as well as all his other compositions, are published by Starborn Music
Born in Glasgow in 1971, Cuffy's name is synonymous with
flamenco guitar in Bristol and far beyond! In the last
six months he has played flamenco in places as diverse as Spain, Russia,
Italy, Turkey and Wales! He has lived in Bristol for the past 15 years
where he regularly performs, teaches and is in much
demand accompanying dancers and singers. He studied flamenco
under Tito Heredia, Paco Serrano and Gerardo Nunez and is also a member
of the World Music