Date: Thu 18 Aug

Time: 18:30


Name: Roland Chadwick

From: Australia

Style: Classical Guitar


Roland Chadwick (born in Wollongong, NSW, Australia – 22nd May 1957) received a guitar for his 13th birthday and almost immediately began to compose. Indeed, his very first untutored sonic experiments produced results that would later form the basis for Song and Dance No. 1. After 3 years of guitar lessons and with no training in composition, he wrote Dances for Winter Oakwood, a suite of pieces still performed around the world to this day. He is one of England’s most prolific composers for the Classical Guitar.

As a recitalist, he made his début at the Sydney Opera House Broadwalk Theatre in 1998. Tours of Australia, Italy, England, Sweden, Mexico, and the USA followed. In 1989 he was Australia’s representative at Festival Cervantino in Mexico. Roland was a founding member of The Sydney Guitar Quartet and created the Paganini Project with some of Australia’s finest string players, most notably Hartmut Lindemann, the great German Viola player. Arriving in England in 1997, he gave concerts in the Philharmonic Hall with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and has played for all of the important Guitar Societies in England.

In 2002 he formed the Modern Guitar Trio with virtuosi Vincent Lindsey-Clark and Roland Gallery and composed a new and exciting repertoire for the Guitar Trio including Letter From LA, The Wendy House, Rococo Café, and The Memory of Water. The Modern Guitar Trio performed at all of the important Classical Music Festivals in England and Germany.

Roland Chadwick’s recordings with Steve Vai, Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull) and the English Chamber Orchestra are regarded as classics of their type. Other credits include: Mike Lindup (Level 42), Sir George Martin and the Britten Sinfonia.

Roland Chadwick’s output as a composer has been prodigious and has ranged from works for Solo Classical Guitar, Art Song, Ballet (Bangarra Dance Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet), Experimental Jazz, Guitar Concerti to Prog Blues. His classical guitar music has been performed and recorded by singers David Daniels (Virgin Records), Sarah Poole (Prima Facie Records), Jayne Harris Sylvester, Guitarists; Detlev Bork, Craig Ogden, Cedric Honings, The Agostino Guitar Duet, The Sydney Guitar Quartet, and the Sydney Guitar.