Patrick inspires a night of the classical guitar

Patrick Gibson with Jonathan Wiseman and, below, with Adam Perera
Patrick Gibson with Jonathan Wiseman and, below, with Adam Perera

Two eminent classical guitarists, both inspired by Tring guitar teacher Patrick Gibson, will showcase an evocative blend of Spanish and Latin American favourites this weekend.

The event at St Peter and St Paul Church, Tring, takes place on Saturday from 7.30pm.

No Caption ABCDE PNL-140529-154725001

No Caption ABCDE PNL-140529-154725001

Adam Perera was initially taught by Patrick, winning many local competitions and achieving Grade 8 by the tender age of 12.

He progressed to the Junior Royal Academy of Music and subsequently Trinity College of Music where he studied under the great guitarist Graham Anthony Devine, and won the Montague Cleeve guitarist award in his second year.

Jonathan Wiseman, while never a student of Patrick’s, was motivated by winning the prizes Patrick donated to the Oxford Music Festival. On Patrick’s encouragement, he too studied at Junior Academy and became Oxfordshire Young Soloist aged fourteen.

At Senior Academy, he achieved their highest performance award plus the Julian Bream Prize, adjudicated by the legendary Maestro.

Patrick himself has made a huge contribution to guitar teaching in the area. An amazing 92 year-old, he still has 14 pupils and was 81 before one school realised he should be retiring.

As public relations officer for British Rail, early retirement enabled him to spend more time on his love of an instrument he first encountered while on board a ship during the Second World War.

Tickets are £10 and £5 (under 16) and are available from Beechwood Fine Foods, Tring or at the door.

For more information contact Carrie Dodge (07879 404417).