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John Couch – Classical Guitar


Fri 14 Jun 2019, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Union Hall, 116 Grote Street, North Adelaide, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission - Adult: $30.00
  • General Admission - Concession: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: ethnoclassics

John Couch in Concert.

“He has it. He has it in every way…he has a fantastic technique…he communicates very well with the public…” - Classic FM, NZ

A programme of highly evocative classical guitar compositions from around the world. With most works written for John Couch especially he will be performing music by Philip Houghton, Vincent Lindsey-Clark, Richard Charlton, Bruce Paine, Marián Budoš and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

New Zealand born John Couch is an Australian based classical guitarist and is the Director of New Zealand’s premiere classical guitar festival, the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School (TCGSS). Couch is a highly qualified guitarist holding a Masters of Music in performance and research (pedagogy), Post-Graduate Diploma in performance and Research, Bachelor of Music and is a Fellow of the Trinity Guildhall (London).

Couch has featured on five CD album recordings: A Fairytale…with Variations (2001), Desdemona’s Song (2005), Andres New Shoes (2008), Ask Me Tomorrow (2015) and The Passing of a Black Star (NZGQ 2017). As a chamber musician Couch, has performed and recorded in the New Zealand Guitar Duo and the New Zealand Guitar Quartet. As a soloist, he has performed in festivals and concert series around Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America and Asia. He has recorded for and played on ABC Classic FM (Australia), 2CN (Australia), Classic FM (New Zealand), TVNZ (New Zealand), Radio Canada and HCMTV7 (Vietnam), and has featured as a soloist with the Christchurch (NZ), National Capital (Australia) and Aorangi (NZ) Symphony Orchestras.         

"An extraordinary musician, a perfect technique." - Edition Beauce, Quebec, Canada

Couch has won international and national guitar and music competitions in New Zealand and Australia. He was a finalist and prizewinner in many other international competitions including Taiwan international guitar competition, Tokyo international guitar competition and the 36th International Guitar Competition "Michele Pittaluga" (Italy).

"...the fingers of John Couch danced across the strings." - Schwetzinger Zeitung, Germany

With an interest in creating new music for the classical guitar, Couch has commissioned and had work dedicated to him from leading composers such as Richard Charlton, Marian Budos, Sally Greenaway, Christopher Norton, Bruce Paine, Vincent Lindsey-Clark, Jesmond Grixti, Campbell Ross and Ivana Troslj. Premiere recordings of a selection of these works features on Ask Me Tomorrow and is featured regularly on the ABC Classic FM.

"His richly sustained tone and phrase shaping in the slow movement of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez single him out as an outstanding player of international standing." - Ian Dando, Christchurch Times

Presented by Ethnoclassics Live.