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Welcome to Toa Payoh Guitar Club

Toa Payoh Guitar Club invites members of the public with same experience to join our guitar ensemble, Niibori guitar orchestra, pop kampung, percussion and vocal group.

Formed in 1974 with just a few members, Toa Payoh Guitar Club, now situated at Toa Payoh Community Center, has grown in strength to date. Our main activity is guitar playing. Be it classical playing or pop song singing, we play it.

Besides playing the guitar, members are exposed to organizing various activities as mentioned above. Through organizing these activities, it helps members to acquire organizing and leadership skills. Our club welcomes anyone who is interested in playing the guitar and appreciation of guitar music regardless of their skills.

Sharing is our spirit. Developing cohesiveness, confidence an courage is just part of our learning path. For this, many of us have been with the club for many years.

Feel free to come and visit us or drop us an email if you like to know more.

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Caring musicianship

Membership bonding

        


 

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Guitar Jamming @Toa Payoh | 30th June 2018 (Sat) | Toa Payoh Central CC Theatrette

A special event organize by Toa Payoh Central CC YEC. It’s a day of fun and laughter. If you had trouble registering, you can drop by Toa Payoh Central CC to enquires. Hope to see you there.

Poster – Guitar Jamming and bonding day
Poster credit by Katsu Chew Yong Hong

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Marcus & Kevin visits!

Last Saturday, it was an honour to have Marcus and Kevin (dad and son pair) with us – to coach us with our current Niibori pieces! It was some of the new members’ first time meeting them, but it was definitely an enriching experience for all of us!

Marcus told us that he joined the club many many years ago, where he led the club from a pure prime guitar ensemble to a niibori one. The TPGC members then did various fund raising activities – concerts, competitions, etc, just to raise funds to build a Niibori ensemble at that time. Being such an inspiration to all (his son Kevin included), Kevin joined TPGC at a young age of 5! He then decided to pursue music more seriously at 13 in the UK, and has now returned to serve the nation :p We are so glad to have both of them back to join us last Saturday!

Here’s a hardworking TPGC at work, with Kevin’s guidance and conducting –

 

After numerous rounds of practising our dynamics / finger techniques for certain portions of the song, we are finally done for the day, and Kevin surprised us with four songs he performed!

It’s amazing how Kevin can make such awesome music by just moving his fingers :p there’s so much for us to learn from him! Fun facts: 1) Kevin practises one hour of (intense) finger exercises before the main pieces daily. :O and 2) The tuning board of his guitar already costs around $1000!

It was definitely a fun session with both Marcus and Kevin! TPGC has learnt so much from them in the short 2 hours they were here. The father and son pair were so cheerful and enthusiastic in sharing with us their experiences. They promised to come visit more often, and we certainly hope they do so!

With lots of guitar love,

Jens

ps. Bonus photo! Andrew’s selfie with all of us 😀

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Protego Maxima concert by Xpose Guitar Ensemble | 4th March 2018 (Sun) | 4pm @ SOTA Concert Hall

Here’s a concert blurb for your reference:

The Xposé Guitar Ensemble is pleased to present <<Protego Maxima>>, a celebration of humanity and human nature that brings together the passions and practices that bind us together!

Be astounded by the grandeur of ‘Tori no Uta’, which expresses the limitless boundaries of the sky. Be bemused by the various whimsical turns of ‘Triptyque’ and ‘Ponte Felice’ that might bring a grin to your face. If passion is your cup of tea, you might be stirred into action and frenzy by our tunes from Studio Ghibli’s ‘Porco Rosso’ and Space Battleship Yamato or the lament of a woman fighting against injustice as a sovereign in our ‘Forbidden City’ selections. Perhaps a touch of magic and the fantastical would draw you in with our tunes from ‘Fantastical Beasts and where to find them’ or your feet might start tap-tap-tapping away to traditional Japanese festival music in ‘Three scenes of Japan’
There’s a piece and a song for everyone in this fiesta of our humanity and our passions. Come join us! Buy a ticket today!

Ticket Prices: $25 Adults, $20 Students (before Tote-board arts grant subsidy for educational institutional purchase; $10 after subsidy; subsidy confirmation pending).

For ticket enquiries and purchase, please contact Michelle (97617910) or Leo (96446778).

*20% Early Bird for all adult and student tickets purchased before 4 Feb 2018! That means $20 for adults and $16 for students only!

**Early Bird discount will not apply to bulk orders purchased under tote-board grant subsidy for educational institutions.

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Suzuki Teacher Guitar Training in 2018 by STEAS

Something for guitarist that are interested in becoming a Suzuki Guitar Teacher. For more information, please contact STEAS.

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TPGC Annual General Meeting | 20th Jan 2018 @ 4pm | #03-01

Dear Member,

Once again, it’s the time of the year where the Management Committee 2017 handover the baton to the new elected Management Committee of 2018. Do take note that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is schedule on the 20th Jan 2018 at 4pm. This is a member only event so public or non-member will not be allowed to attend.

Members who wish to have any other issues discussed during the AGM, please forward a written request to the Club secretary at least 1 week ahead of the meeting.

Hope to see all member there.

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French Classical Guitarist Thomas Csaba performance | 15th November 2017 (Wed) 7pm @ Lasalle College Of The Arts (Next to Sim Lim Square)

Hi all fellow guitarist friends,
Marcus and Kevin, are hosting this wonderful guitarist on 15 November 2017. Admission is free. More details as follows :

Visiting Artist Concert – Award winning French lire le blog Classical Guitarist Thomas Csaba to perform in Singapore.
15 November 2017 (Wednesday)
7.00 – 8.30 pm (With Intermission)
Lasalle College Of The Arts (Next to Sim Lim Square)
Studio – F201
Free Admission – RSVP: optichero@gmail.com

http://thomascsaba.wixsite.com/thomascsaba

TPGC posted on behalf of Marcus and Kevin.  TPGC is going too!! Counting down.
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Xpose Guitar Ensemble Annual Concert | PLEIADES | 1st April 2017 (Sat), 7pm @ Victoria Concert Hall

The Xposé Guitar Ensemble is pleased to present <<Pleiades>>, a concert that will take you on a voyage through the stars to different worlds! Marvel at the grandeur of the Pleiades constellation with our very own Bass Guitar concerto, ‘Subaru’!

Take a journey with us through the stars to mystical lands with Lemuel Gulliver as he traverses the different lands of ‘Gulliver’s Travel’, or join in the carousing and dancing of the Southern Islands villagers ‘Karimatanu Kuicha’. You might be inspired by Joe Hisaishi’s ‘The Wind Rises’! Perhaps you’ll even see the star-crossed lovers, Jack and Rose with the ‘Titanic Medley’ and be moved by a priestess’s love for a dashing prince in 雪舞. Many more worlds await you on this voyage through the stars!

Ticket Prices: $25 Adults, $20 Students (before Tote-board arts grant subsidy for educational institutional purchase; $10 after subsidy). For ticket enquiries and purchase, please contact Michelle (97617910) or Shuming (92484737).

**20% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT til 11 March 2017 for non-school orders!!! Get your tickets quick!**

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NTU Guitar Ensemble Concert | History of Music, A String of Events | 1st March 2017 @ 7.30pm | Esplanade Recital Studio

This year, NTU Guitar Ensemble’s annual concert Nocturne takes on the theme ‘History of Music, A String of Events’. As the name suggests, the concert will take audience on a time machine back to the past and then back to the future along the history of music.

The ensemble will begin with classical pieces from different eras such as ‘Four Seasons’ and ‘Nutcracker Suite’, followed by rock classics from the 70s such as the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Finally, the journey will commence with the familiarity of popular music from our era, including Lady Gaga and Coldplay.

And as usual, this year’s concert will not be missing small group performances from their talented ensemble as well as our newly established Ukulele Sub-Club players. These small groups performances always bring surprises and excitement with the choice of songs while providing an extended platform for the display of their players’ talents.

For more information, please visit their facebook site at

https://www.facebook.com/NTUGuitarEnsemble/

Tickets available: tinyurl.com/Nocturne2017