Manchester Guitar Circle
"Promoting the Classical Guitar since 1946"

The Manchester Guitar Circle was founded by John Duarte (1919-2004) and Terry Usher (1909-69) as a meeting place for local players of what was then termed the 'fingerstyle Spanish guitar'.

This appears to have referred primarily to the classical guitar, although flamenco guitar became part of the MGC mix and was particularly prominent in the 70s.

The earliest MGC gathering to be reported in BMG magazine took place on Wednesday 7th August 1946 and is recorded as the 'fourth monthly meeting', suggesting the society was launched in May 1946.

A past MGC chairman, Victor Hardbattle, has confirmed that 1946 was the 'inaugural year'. 

Nowadays, the society remains classically-based, although all styles of acoustic, flamenco and jazz guitar are welcomed.

The present membership represents a cross-section of professional and amateur guitarists from throughout the region.

Players' nights are now held on the first Thursday of every month in the relaxed atmosphere of the MGC's new permanent home at the United Services Club, Southern Road, Sale M33 6HQ.

The doors are open from 8.00pm onwards.

Non-members are welcome to attend for an admission fee of £2.00.

From 2007 to 2015, the MGC promoted the 'International Guitar in Bolton' series of professional concerts by leading players from all over the world.

Past seasons included Martin Taylor, Gordon Giltrap, Xuefei Yang and many more.

In 2006, the MGC staged its '60th Anniversary Season' featuring Carlos Bonell, John Mills & Cobie Smit, Margarita Escarpa, Graham Devine and Milica Ilic.

The 2008 season featured the first MGC appearance by the legendary Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon, and both 2009 and 2010 saw performances by the Aquarelle Quartet.

In October 2010, we welcomed the Italian guitarist Carlo Ambrosio, whose programme included the Bach 'Chaconne' and 'Nocturnal Op.70' by Benjamin Britten.

Over the last few years, the society has been host to players from Russia, Serbia and the Czech Republic.

In June 2015, we presented the world premiere of 'Five Divertissements for Guitar' by Helen Walker, performed by Jon Gjylaci.

In October 2016, the MGC marked its 70th anniversary with a celebrity concert by Xuefei Yang and the publication of the book "Seven Decades of Classical Guitar in Manchester".

Annual membership of the MGC costs £15.00 - please contact us by
email for details of how to join.

Members have free access to the Players' Nights and are entitled to a generous discount on concert admission.

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