Home to exceptional music in the Cotswolds for over 40 years
- New 2014 programme details to be announced soon
- 2014 Festival extended with an extra open-air concert
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Guiting Power is a beautiful, rural village in the heart of the Gloucestershire Cotswold Hills and is within easy reach of nearby towns such as Cheltenham, Winchcombe, Stow-on-the-Wold, Broadway and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Guiting Power's roots can be traced back over a thousand years to Anglo-Saxon times and its medieval heritage is still visible today.
Time after time the village has proven to be the ideal venue for the Festival since its inauguration nearly half a century ago.
The Guiting Festival is a non-profit, registered charity, which is run entirely by volunteers.
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Our objectives are to bring outstanding live music to the Cotswolds at a price that makes it available to as wide an audience as possible.
All surplus funds are ploughed back into the festival to ensure that you continue to enjoy exciting performances from some of today's most talented musical artists.
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Monday 29th July at 7.45pm
Born in Beijing, now based in the UK, Xuefei Yang (Fei) is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Born following the Cultural Revolution, in an era when Western music & instruments were banned, the fascinating story of Fei’s rise to the world stage is that of a musical pioneer. She was the first ever guitarist in China to enter a music school and became the first to launch an international professional career.
Her first public appearance, at the age of ten at the China International Guitar Festival, received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China presented her with a concert guitar. The composer Rodrigo attended her debut concert in Madrid when she was fourteen and in 1995 when John Williams came to Beijing he was so impressed with her playing that he gave two of his own Smallman guitars to her Conservatory especially for Fei and other top students to play.
As the first ever Chinese student to be awarded a full international scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, Fei completed her postgraduate studies and was honoured with the Principal’s Prize. In 2005 she was made an associate and in 2012 Xuefei was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
The demand for her music sees Fei keeping a busy schedule, in London's major venues (with several sell-out recitals at the Wigmore Hall) and in concerts at the world’s most prestigious venues including Philharmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, National Auditorium Madrid, Dvorak Hall Prague, Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center New York, plus the main venues across Asia. Fei gave both the first solo guitar and the first guitar concerto recitals ever in Beijing's National Centre of Performing Arts. In 2003 she performed 54 concerts for the European “Night of the Proms” Tour.
Fei is regularly invited to perform concertos with leading orchestras. This season sees her performing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, the Hallé Orchestra, China National Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. This season also sees her performing chamber music with the Elias String Quartet, giving duo recitals with cellist Jian Wang, collaborating with tenor Ian Bostridge in a recital at the Wigmore Hall and with flautist Sir James Galway at the Beijing Music Festival.
Off-stage Fei is actively expanding the guitar repertoire with her own arrangements of pieces, with a particular interest both in adding Chinese music to the repertoire and in making significant contributions to the guitar's concerto repertoire; and in collaborations, particularly with British composer Stephen Goss. The result is several exciting new works for the instrument which have found their way onto the concert stage and into the recording studio.
Fei’s EMI debut album “Romance de Amor” achieved gold disc status in Hong Kong. Her second “40 Degrees North”, featuring music from Spain and China, was chosen as "Best Instrumental CD of 2008" by Canton Radio and Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Her third was with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and featured Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. Fei’s "Bach Concertos", released in February 2012, is her most innovative recording yet, featuring her own transcriptions of Bach’s music, both solo pieces and concertos, recorded with the Elias String Quartet.
Fei has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes, including BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, BBC Proms, BBC TV's Newsnight, & “The Story of Guitar,” ITV's Classic BRIT's, & prime-time national TV in Spain, New Zealand, Portugal, & China. China Central Television made a biographical documentary on Fei for their classical musician series.
Concert generously sponsored by Mr & Mrs Barry Walker