The 2021 Andrew Britton Fellowship

The Consortium for Guitar Research, an affiliate of the Royal Musical Association of Great Britain, now invites applications from guitar researchers, at an early stage of their work, for a Fellowship in memory of Dr. Andrew Britton. The Fellowship comes with a £500 award, thanks to the intervention of a generous benefactor, Mr Jeffrey Wells. The three-day colloquium of the Consortium, to which the successful candidate will be invited, and which he or she will be expected to attend, will run from Saturday 25 September to Monday 27 September 2021 inclusive and be based in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England. This award provides an opportunity to share ideas with a group of established scholars in the field. See for more information regarding the Consortium and its members.

The recipient will give a 30 minute paper, in English, at the Consortium conference and will subsequently be asked to prepare a succinct report on their work for placing on the Consortium’s website.

Applicants are invited to submit their CV, and a separate 400 word (maximum) statement describing their latest research and explaining why this award would be useful to them. Please send applications via email, in a Word or PDF document, to Dr James Westbrook by Sunday 2 May 2021. The successful candidate will be notified by Sunday 16 May 2021 and will be asked to accept the place by Tuesday 1 June 2021. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure any necessary visas are in place.

Dr Andrew Britton was a Founding Member of the Consortium. His PhD thesis The guitar in the romantic period: its musical and social development, with special reference to Bristol and Bath is a benchmark to all new Scholars and is available online on the British Library Ethos site.

Two new groundbreaking articles on French guitarists

Consortium member Kenneth Sparr has just published ‘Barthélemy Trille Labarre, ‘Professeur de Guitare et Compositeur, Éléve d’Haydn’, Biography and Catalogue of Works’, in The Lute, lvi (2016), with an immense fund of new information. We are also delighted to announce a lavishly-documented article on the guitarist Vidal, by Consortium member Damián Martín Gil, entitled “‘The Famous Vidal’: New Light on the Life and Works of a Guitarist in Eighteenth-Century France”, just been published in Eighteenth Century Music, 18/1 (2021), 123-149.