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The World Youth Guitar Festival

WYGF was founded in 2007. It is a full-board classical guitar festival for 8-18 year olds of any ability and is held every two years in the UK. WYGF offers a huge range of activities for participants to get excited about: coaching from some of the top tutors in the world; fun-based and skills-based workshops suitable for every level; opportunities to train and perform as part of both an ensemble and also a giant orchestra! WYGF is launching a new-look festival in 2019 with even more opportunities to develop your playing.

Take a look at our GIANT orchestra, we’re not kidding, it’s huge!

What to expect at WYGF


Guitar Ensembles

Learning as part of an ensemble develops core musicianship skills and is the philosophy behind WYGF. All students are coached daily in level-appropriate groups in one of our eight WYGF guitar orchestras and as these are graded to ability, nobody feels out of their depth. Every orchestra works with one of our special guest artists to prepare for the final student concert.

WYGF Pathways

NEW FOR 2019! All students will choose one ‘WYGF Pathway’ to explore a different genre of guitar, or a special focus area every afternoon throughout the festival. There are limited places on some of these Pathways so early booking is recommended. This year’s options will include:
Flamenco guitar
Acoustic/percussive guitar
Conservatoire Fast-track
Composition & Improvisation
Chamber guitar coaching
Arts Awards

Music Workshops

Workshops can cover a broad range of musical activities and are not always anything to do with the guitar! They have been selected to appeal to all levels of guitarist and could include: African Drumming, Circus Skills, playing the Spoons, Finger Aerobics, Exam Preparation, Conducting, Improvisation or even learning how to Re-string your guitar!

Showcase concerts

Every year visiting group ensembles are invited to perform as part of a showcase concert. To date we have enjoyed performances by Bad Nauheim Guitar Ensemble (DEU), Corinium Players (UK), GUITAR CIRCUS (UK), Guitarstrophe (AUS), Guildhall School of Music & Drama Junior Dept (UK), Haringey Guitar Ensemble (UK), Holme Valley Music Centre Ensemble (UK), National Youth Guitar Ensemble (UK) and Twango (UK) to name a few. If you are an ensemble leader who wants to bring a group to WYGF and you would like to perform in a showcase concert, please contact us for more details.

Professional Concerts

Catch our inspirational guest artists ‘live in concert’ at the Bacon Theatre.

More fun at WYGF might include:
  • Masterclasses
  • Swimming sessions
  • Oscars Night’ including talent show
  • Tutors panto…which has to be the most eagerly awaited performance of the week!
Corinium Players

Guitar Circus