Friday 14th October

12:00pm OFFICIAL OPENING with Ben Salfield and Tom Clare

12.30pm RECITAL: Ben Salfield, Denys Stephens and Bob Franklin [£5]

Ben Salfield is widely regarded as one of the most exciting solo lutenists of his generation. Since his debut in 1988 he has performed at some of Europe’s leading venues, festivals & Concert Societies from Cheltenham to Zory, and appeared many times on BBC radio and television. His 2011 summer season alone will have seen him perform in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovakia; he also gives regular masterclasses and is known around Europe as a teacher. Ben has appeared as a judge on international guitar festivals including Parma’s ‘Nicola Paganini Festival’ in Italy and most recently Dolny Kubin in Slovakia. His appearance with Bob Franklin will nonetheless be his first time playing guitar in public!

Ben’s website is at

Denys Stephens has been playing the lute and studying its music for nearly 40 years, having taught himself to play from the original 16th century manuals in the days when teachers of the instrument were few and far between. In the years since he has performed as a soloist and in ensembles, most recently in solo recitals of early 16th century lute music, as accompanist and arranger with the singer Jenny Hill and in duet concerts with lutenist Ben Salfield. He is well known in the lute world for his research into the lute in the early sixteenth century and for editing music for publication. His work has been published by the Lute Society, the Lute Society of America and Lyre Music publications.

Bob Franklin has played a variety of guitar style for around thirty years, and his various ensembles have appeared around the County performing a range of blues, jazz and finger-style music. Now studying classical guitar styles with Ben Salfield – and one of his star students – Bob is also a consummate music-arranger. His performance with Ben at the festival will be their first together…

2.00pm TALK: Tom Clare – How I danced from Norwich to London [FREE – Donations Invited]

3.00pm READINGS and BOOK SIGNING with Patricia Finney [£5]

You can visit Patricia Finney’s website at

4.00pm CLASSES with Franciszek & Katerina Wieczorek and Vladislav Bláha [£5]

7.30pm EVENING CONCERT: Vladislav Bláha [£10/£8/£4]

Vladislav Bláha studied at the Brno Conservatoire with Arnost Sadlik before going to the Liszt College of Music in Weimar, Germany, where he graduated as a student of Roland Zimmer. In 2004 he received a Doctor of Arts degree after studying at the Academy of Music in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2009 he became docent of guitar on Janacek Academy of Music, Brno.

He is professor of guitar at Conservatoire of Brno and he frequently gives masterclasses and performs at festivals all over the World. Blaha is president of Czech Classical Guitar Society and since 1992 director of the Brno International Guitar Festival.

Vladislav’s website is at