Come and see what amateur guitarists are achieving in South East Hampshire...we welcome new players - it's very informal!
Workshop's Director - Derek Hasted - is well-known locally as a guitar teacher, and also known throughout the guitar world both as a composer/arranger and for his work with the Hampshire Guitar Orchestra (hago).
Pictured - Workshop December 1999
Derek founded the Guitar Workshop in 1988 to complement his Adult Education classes and to provide guitarists with the opportunities for music making and friendship that orchestral instrumentalists enjoy.
The Workshop Collection has over 150 accessible trios, quartets and quintets - a musically interesting and varied mix of easy and intermediate lines that we usually play at sight. In fact about 7500 sheets of paper come to our get-togethers!
Half our pieces are for Guitar Ensemble; the remainder are traditional tunes and folk songs which we pluck or strum. Although most bring a Classical Guitar, some also bring a Folk Guitar and mix & match during the evening.
Starting in 1989, we have put on an informal Concert every Christmas, and when Workshop was ten years old, in 1988, we had grown to such a strength that we added a summer Concert too, which included a Souvenir Programme, containing some of the history of Workshop's first 10 years. All our Concerts give their entire proceeds to local charities, and over the years we have raised £80,446 for good causes.
Even new visitors to Workshop - and we welcome many each year - find their efforts contribute to a sound which far exceeds what a solo guitar can manage.
Our story continues year on year, and this website came live on 19th September 2004.
Click on the menu above and see some of our special anniversaries!
You could be part of one of Hampshire's largest, friendliest and most well-established Guitar Groups,
Thu 9th & Thu 23rd
Thu 13th & Thu 27th
Thu 12th & Thu 26th
2nd & 4th Thursdays in Term Time
Come along - first session free!