The Victoria Guitar Society is proud to present Drew Henderson in collaboration with the Victoria Conservatory of Music's Summer Intensive Program - Guitar happening during the week of Aug 17-21. Drew will adjudicate a Masterclass at the beginning of the week and present a Recital to close the week of classical guitar studies.
Drew enjoys a multifaceted career in the arts as a performer, recording artist, music producer and teacher. After receiving his musical education at the University of Toronto where he earned a Master of Music degree in 2005 under Dr. Jeffrey McFadden, Drew travelled to Italy in 2007 to continue his studies with renown guitarists Lorenzo Micheli, and Matteo Mela. During this time, he was also heavily involved in the competition circuit, being awarded six prizes at international competitions. After his studies, he began performing professionally, and has concertized throughout Canada, the U.S., and Italy; bringing a program of both guitar favourites as well as his own unique arrangements. During one of Drew’s concerts, one can expect to hear a mix of evocative Spanish music, introspective Baroque masterpieces, and virtuosic selections from the Romantic era. In 2018-19, Drew’s performances include solo recitals at the Palazzo Nicolaco in Italy, the Cleveland Institute of Music, a workshop at the University School of Music in Lugano, Switzerland, and a performance of Rodrigo’s famous Concierto de Aranjuez with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
Drew also has a very popular classical guitar channel on YouTube, in which he performs and produces all the content himself. On this channel you can listen to over 50 performances of works he has adapted for the guitar by composers such as Bach, Paganini and Schubert; some of which feature an 8-string custom made guitar. Currently, Drew’s channel has over 30,000 subscribers, and has reached over 6 million views.
As a music producer, Drew is in high demand for both sound engineering and videography. He has worked with some of today’s leading guitarists to create full-length albums and videos. His recordings have appeared on several major labels, including Decca, Sony, Naxos and Analekta. This side of his career has taken Drew all over the globe; from North America, to Europe, and Asia.
VGS COMMUNITY ENSEMBLE
The VGS Community Ensemble continues its tradition of playing for the public. Despite gathering restrictions the Ensemble, under the direction of Natasha Pashchenko, has been able to perform in parks during the warmer months. The most recent performance was on July 4th, 2021 at Irving Park in James Bay. Ensemble pieces included modern compositions by Calgary composer Duane R. Hendricks and Michael Jackson. Solo and duet pieces included 20th century Andalusian favourites, Latin American dances, Renaissance pieces, "Classical Gas" and even own compositions. The all-ages Ensemble does not just play on concert stages. They will play for the public whether in parks, retirement homes, shopping malls, airports, coffee-shops, mega-yachts and alleyways.
Community Ensemble members spring/summer 2021: John Fraser, Linda Ryall, Shannon Perkins-Carr, Roman Naumov, Juan Carreras, Dario Fermani, James Austin, Janice Brown, Misha Smirnov; Director Natasha Pashchenko. Photos by volunteer Alan Livingstone McLeod.
Look for a re-staging of "Forgotten Romantic" on October 16th at St. Mary's Anglican Church, Oak Bay.
Thank you for supporting the Victoria Guitar Society this last season. It has been an interesting year, and we have tried our best to keep music alive. We have navigated through new technologies such as Live Stream and Zoom to bring you concerts and workshops, and we hope you have enjoyed them.
Our membership year renews on July 1st, 2021. Current annual membership fee remains $10 for individuals, and we have added a Family Membership option for $20.
If you purchased your membership after Jan 1, 2021, it will automatically extend to July 2022. Of course, if you feel like renewing anyway, it will be appreciated.
For memberships purchased in 2020 the renewal fee will be due July 1st, 2021, and can be paid anytime through our website. If you are a teacher/performer with a current listing on our website, the listing will be automatically renewed upon payment (you don't need to provide information again unless something has changed)
Again, we thank you for your support and look forward to some wonderful music in the next year
The VGS Team
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The Board of Directors is seeking one new Director to line up for September at the latest. If you are volunteer minded, have some time and take an interest in non-profit musical adventures, please consider joining the ranks at the Director level. Our Directors are "working" volunteers with voting privilege who share the administration and footwork by dividing projects into tasks according to our skill levels and time availability. The following experience or training would be an asset:
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