Chelmsford, Essex now has a Classical Guitar Orchestra - 'Chego'

Chelmsford Guitar Orchestra (Chego) has performed at many local venues including The Cathedral, The Cramphorn Theatre, Christ Church and Dunmow Guitar Club. Thanks to all those who have been to see us; please see performances by clicking the links below:

El Caballo   Forever After   Peruvian Party   Presto  Shepherd's Hey   Summer Breeze  Turkey Time  Waltz  Waltzer   Yesterday's Dance

Orchestras consisting solely of classical guitars are rare. There are relatively few in existence compared to ensembles of strings and woodwinds which have the ability to sustain notes and employ a wide range of tone colours. 
However, guitar players are quite passionate about what can be done with six nylon strings stretched across a wooden box; each string can be an instrument - melody, harmony and bass lines can all be played simultaneously by one player and when those aspects are shared amongst a group of players the possiblities are even greater. Chego comprises some of the best guitar players in our city and who have come together to show what can be done with such an instrument and with a bit of imagination and ingenuity.
The group is directed by Roger Montgomery who was born in London and whose musical career began in the sixties with popular music. After some touring and performing he studied music for his degree, trained as a classroom teacher and taught in London schools. In 1990 he and his family moved to Chelmsford where he has taught classical guitar playing ever since. After a career of teaching, performing and composing there came the time and the opportunity to form a group to show what guitarists combined can do.
So  'Chego' was born in 2011 starting with Roger's own pupils. Much of the repertoire incorporates his own compositions which are tuneful, harmonically interesting and, of course, perfectly suited for guitars to play. It also gives the orchestra an element of originality. The group is growing in number and is keen to enlist new members wherever possible.

Chego 2017-2018


Sunday, December 10th at 4pm Quaker Meeting House(Private function)

Friday, 10th January at 7.30: Christ Church, New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0AW

New members are always welcome.

Chelmsford Guitar Orchestra meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at The Heritage Centre, Galleywood Common, Chelmsford CM2 8TR. Our next rehearsal is on Wednesday 10th January 7.15-9.15pm (and fortnightly thereafter). If you play classical guitar and have some music reading ability, why not join us? You don't have to be brilliant - maybe grade 3 or higher and be willing to do some practice from time to time.

The subscription fee is very affordable at £20 for three two-hour sessions.

You can see extracts from some of our past concerts by clicking the links below.

Tarantella Napoletana at Christ Church September 30th 2016

July 18th 2014 concert at Christ Church

Church of Our Saviour extracts set 1

Church of Our Saviour extracts set 2

Cramphorn Theatre Compilation

Christ Church Compilation

Chego (Chelmsford Guitar Orchestra)

There are relatively few classical guitar orchestras in existence compared to the many and varied groups of assorted strings, woodwind, brass and percussion which have the ability to sustain notes and employ a wide range of dynamics and tone colours.

However, guitar players are very keen to show what can be done with six nylon strings stretched across a wooden box; each string can be an instrument; melody, harmony and bass lines can all be played simultaneously by one player and when those resources are shared amongst a group of players the possibilities are even greater. Chego consists of some of the best guitar players in our city and who have come together to show what can be done with such instruments and with a bit of imagination and ingenuity.

The group is directed by Roger Montgomery who has taught music for most of a lifetime and performed in many combinations and styles. After a number of years of teaching, performing and composing the time came to form a group to show what guitarists combined can do.

Chego was born in 2011 starting with Roger's own pupils and has now expanded to include new friends and colleagues. Some of their repertoire consists of Roger's original compositions which aim to be tuneful, harmonically interesting and, of course, perfectly suited for guitars to play. It also gives the orchestra an element of originality. The group is growing in number and is always happy to enlist new members wherever possible. We hope you will enjoy listening to us today.

If you play classical guitar and would like to join us, or, if you would like us to play at your function or event please contact Roger(see contact details below). There is a small fee to cover expenses.

Please visit our website frequently; Roger can be contacted by email: guitarorchestra@outlook.com or phone: 07773155981.

Please click here to read review of our Cathedral Concert June 2013.

You can see more performances by clicking the links below:

El Caballo Forever After Peruvian Party Presto Shepherd's Hey Summer Breeze Turkey Time Waltz Waltzer Yesterday's Dance Tarantella Napoletana

Find us on Facebook.com/chegoguitarorchestra

 

 

 

Please visit our website frequently; Roger can be contacted by email: rogermontgomery@hotmail.co.uk or phone: 07773155981.

 Please see Chego.co.uk for more details

Other links:

The Flute and Guitar Website: www.fluteguitarduo.co.uk

Music for babies and toddlers: www.rhythmtots.co.uk