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JAMES GRACE IN CONCERT (article first published : 2005-05-30)

Nuts 4 Music in association with The Catalina Theatre presents James Grace in Concert at Catalina Theatre on Wilsonís Wharf on June 5.

Classical Guitarist James Grace will play a programme of Spanish Music which includes Three Pieces by Barrios, Chooro no 1 by Villa Lobos, Cordoba by Albeniz and Koyunbaba by Domeniconi.

Born in England, James Grace started playing the guitar at the age of six. Two years later he moved with his family to South Africa, where he began studying with Dietrich Wagner in Stellenbosch.

At 12 years old James was the first guitarist to win the Sanlam National Music Competition. Shortly before leaving Cape Town in 1997 to begin his studies in London, he won first prize in the South African National Guitar Competition. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Carlos Bonell and was the first guitarist to receive the Tagore Gold Medal, an annual award given by the College to the most outstanding student.

After returning to South Africa, he met and started to play with local flamenco guitarist Saudiq Khan. This was the beginning of a long-term playing partnership which has recently culminated in their first album; Granasturias, a fusion of classical and flamenco guitar music.

Since then James has played to audiences throughout South Africa, Europe, the United States and the Middle East. His repertoire encompasses a wide range of music, from traditional classical to his own arrangements of Spanish and South American popular music. James has appeared on radio and television broadcasts worldwide and has recorded for Britainís Classic FM, Channel 4 and the SABC.

He spent the last two years in Doha, in the Arabian state of Qatar, where he was the guitar teacher at an International Music Centre. Now back in South Africa, he teaches at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre and at the University of Cape Town.

James made his debut performance with the Cape Philharmonic as the soloist in Rodrigoís Concerto de Aranjuez in November 2004.

The concert on June 5 starts at 12h00. Tickets R65 include champagne and snacks. Bookings through Thandeka at Catalina on 031 305 6889 or email nuts4music@eject.co.za for booking and details of future concerts.




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