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PETULA COMPTON ALCM, LTCL


Petula began playing the Classical guitar in 1969 with the well-known teacher
John Cadman. She also studied theory and musicianship with John Castle, and in 1976 she gained her Professional Diploma in Guitar performance at the London College of Music. Shortly afterwards she was appointed Classical Guitar Tutor at the Aylesbury Music Centre, and is much in demand at local schools and as a private teacher. Her students always achieve excellent examination results, reflecting the high quality of her tuition. In 1992 Petula was recruited by High Wycombe Music Centre where she now works alongside her husband John. She is a firm believer in professional development, obtaining the LTCL (Diploma in Music Education) in 1993. In 1998 the High Wycombe Music Centre Senior Guitar Ensemble, which she directs and conducts, was the outright winner of the National Guitar Orchestra of Great Britain Competition, which took place in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
Besides being a highly-regarded and much sought-after teacher, Petula has continued to maintain her performing skills both as a soloist and ensemble player. In 1987 she was a founder member of the Colibri Guitar Quartet, which went on to become one of the country's leading guitar ensembles. She performed with them in venues as varied as Pershore Abbey and the Barbican. By 1991 it was time to move on, and Petula was a co-founder of the Aragon Guitar Quartet.


JOHN COMPTON MA, ALCM, LLCM(TD), LTCL, PGCE
John has been a full - time Classical Guitar Teacher at High Wycombe Music Centre for 30 years and in fact started the Classical Guitar department way back in 1976. He is now the Leading Teacher of the Classical Guitar faculty of South Buckinghamshire Music Service.
He is a member of the
European Guitar Teachers' Association, and was until 1997 Treasurer and served on the Executive committee. He was a member of the Examinations Working Party whose report on the future of Grade Exams was subsequently adopted by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music as the basis for their Guitar Syllabuses.
John composes and arranges much music for Guitar Ensemble and twice won the prize for best new composition at the Guitar Orchestra Competition of Great Britain in both 1995 and 1996, which latter competition was won outright by the High Wycombe Music Centre Guitar Consort which John directs and conducts. His Music Centre Ensembles have five times been finalists in the
National Festival of Music for Youth, achieving the highest award - the Outstanding Performance Award - in 2008 in the Birmingham Finals. John's compositions have been available from Sycamore Series for several years now and are being used the length & breadth of the United Kingdom. Since September 2005 these have been available for free download in pdf format.
He composes and publishes student music and his '
Scenes and Themes' series has been hailed as one of the foremost publications of its kind. In their review, Classical Guitar magazine commented that all teachers of the guitar should look at his music and predicted that it would become one of the most widely used books on the market.
Whilst maintaining his commitment to his teaching profession and continual professional development, John maintains his performing skills as a member of the Aragon Guitar Quartet.
In 2000 - 2001 John was a core member of the Classical Guitar Faculty of the Federation of Music Services in the preparation of the Classical Guitar syllabus in "A Common Approach" - the National Curriculum for instrumental teaching.
John's skills in the realm of sound recording have led to digital recordings (using Logic Audio) including "Diversions" by
Alison Bendy