The Spanish Guitar Centre has a wide range of tutors with experience in all
aspects of the Classical Guitar.

The Spanish Guitar Centre offer private 30min / 1hr lessons for classical guitar and flamenco guitar throughout the week (including evenings and weekends). Usually lessons take place at the Spanish Guitar Centre itself, but if you don’t live close by feel free to still get in touch and we will see if we can put you in touch with one of our contacts.


For more information or to book a lesson give us a call or email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Chris Gilbert

Chris GilbertChris has been the Principal of the Spanish Guitar Centre since 1991, and was General Manager for the previous 14 years. He trained as a teacher at St. Mary’s College, Twickenham, and as a guitarist with Joan Prior & Hector Quine at Trinity College London, and George Zarb at the London College of Music. Chris was one of the first peripatetic teachers in Gloucestershire, and continues to teach in schools in and around Avon. He has continued the tradition of class tuition, a method of guitar teaching pioneered at the Centre from its conception.

Tim Royal

Tim Royal

A native of Bristol, Tim has been inextricably linked with the Guitar Centre since the 1960’s, where he has a well established reputation as a teacher and composer. Countless pupils have benefited from his dedicated approach to teaching and his ability to compose pieces and didactic material appropriate for every step of the student’s progress.

In 1981 his original compositions “Five Blues for the Classical Guitar” were published by Hampton Music Publishers. Being well received, one of the titles was incorporated into the Trinity College Guitar Exam syllabus for a period of seven years. He received international recognition for his skills as a composer when the Californian guitarist/composer Andrew York chose one of his compositions for inclusion in his book “Jazz Guitar for Classical Cats: a Classical Guitarist’s Guide to Jazz Harmony”.

A further endorsement of Tim Royal’s reputation came when Andrew York asked him to write the sleeve notes for his best selling CD “Into Dark”. Tim is also remembered by the many hundreds of guitarists attending the annual International Guitar Seminar at Prussia Cove where his musical expertise was much in demand.

Blues No 1

Black Cat Blues

Cool Blues

Blue House Blues

Patrick Tedbury

Pat TedburyPat has been a professional performer, published composer and teacher of Spanish, Latin American and romantic guitar music since 1968. He has been a close friend and colleague of us all at the Spanish Guitar Centre during this period and it is good to have him rejoining our teaching staff. He is well known for his playing throughout the U.K. and has performed at music festivals, societies, clubs, hotel functions and on both radio and television. He has recently returned to live in Bristol and continues to be busy teaching, composing and performing.

Adam Purnell

Adam PurnellAdam was born in Bristol and began playing the guitar at the age of eleven, under the tutorship of Andrew Britton. At the age of sixteen he received a scholarship to study at the Bath Internation Guitar Festival and in 2007 he was offered a place to study with John Mills and Graham Devine at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Since he began his degree at the college he has performed as a soloist and in various ensembles, including works with piano and voice. In 2010 Adam was accepted on the Erasmus Exchange Programme to study for six months at the Koninklijk Academy in Brussels with the world famous classical guitarist Antigoni Goni. During his time in Brussels Adam gave a recital at the Rits International Centre and played in a master class with the Italian guitarist Nuccio D’Angelo. Adam is currently in his fourth year at the college where he recently won the annual RWCMD Guitar Prize.

He is a keen supporter of the Bristol Classical Guitar Scene and in May 2010 was announced as a friend of the Bristol Guitar Society, becoming their first sponsored guitarist. Adam enjoys playing a wide range of repertoire from Renaissance to 20th Century and focuses on playing the repertoire of Andres Segovia in concert. We are delighted to have him on the teaching staff of the Spanish Guitar Centre.

Click here to read a write up of an interview Adam had with the classical guitar society.

Zoltan Farkas

Zoltan Farkas was an eminently talented guitar student at the Simonffy Emil School of Music in Debrecen, Hungary, where he studied under Adam Balint.

During six years of exceptional academic and performance success, Zoltan gave many acclaimed solo recitals in Debrecen and Ozd. His talent as a guitar teacher was widely acknowledged in Debrecen, which led to his participation in Educational School Programmes and he was well known for his work in the Institute of Physically and Mentally Handicapped Children and with children suffering from leukemia.

We are delighted to have a guitarist of Zoltan’s ability joining the teaching staff at the Spanish Guitar Centre, where he has presented concerts featuring his pupils of all abilities – from elementary to diploma standard. In recognition of his stature, the Bristol Guitar Society has appointed him their Musical Director.

Hans Michael Anselmo Hess

HansHans studied the classical guitar at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil (UFRGS) with Rogerio Constante, Flavia Domingues Alves and Marcus Bonilla, obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Music (Performance) with optimal concept on his graduation performance. During his time in Brazil he worked in different music schools and music conservatoires achieving great experience in teaching classical guitar.

In September 2007 he completed his MA in Music Composition for Film/TV/Media at the University of Bristol.

To find out more about Hans visit his website here.

Lamentos do Morro

Schindler’s List


Retrato Brasileiro

John Vivian Edwards LTCL LRAM MSTAT

John EdwardsJohn has studied with Emilio Pujol, Alexandre Lagoya, John Mills and David Russell. After a duration as the guitar tutor at the Jamaica School of Music, he made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1975, and in 1983 trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, introducing many guitarists to the joys of ‘correct use’ of the body. He has performed with Thomas Hartman and Vincent Lindsay Clarke in the Emilio Pujol Centenary Concert, and in 1994 performed in the Festival Agustin Barrios in Paraguay. Since then he has combined solo work with collaborations with flautist Nicola Russell and keyboard player Penelope Weedon. He is also pursuing his interest in baroque music using a Stradivarius copy.

To find out more about John visit his website here.


CuffyBorn in Glasgow in 1971, Cuffy’s name is synonymous with flamenco guitar in Bristol and far beyond! In the last six months he has played flamenco in places as diverse as Spain, Russia, Italy, Turkey and Wales!

He has lived in Bristol for the past 15 years where he regularly performs, teaches and is in much demand accompanying dancers and singers. He studied flamenco under Tito Heredia, Paco Serrano and Gerardo Nunez and is also a member of the World Music fusion group “Up bustle and out” with whom he has made television appearances, recordings and toured extensively in Europe, Russia and Japan.

He performs regularly in Bristol at El Puerto, Prince Street, at La Tomatina, Park Street and at El Rincon. He could have been heard recently on the BBC3 Radio Programme “World on 3”. As a member of Yasmin Levy’s band he was accompanying the singer as she performed songs and spoke at length about her career. During the past year he has accompanied her on tours of America, Europe and Scandinavia.

To find out more about Cuffy visit his website here.

First Set, First song, Flamenco Trio, Romany Journey Concert, Bristol Colston Hall, 6th July 2013

Hayley Savage LWCMD

As a student at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Hayley was twice winner of the Guitar Prize and has also been three times winner of the guitar category at the Bath and Mid Somerset Music Festival. She has studied with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Simon Dinnigan and Jorge Morel.

She combines careers in teaching, performance – as a soloist and a member of the Colibri Guitar Quartet – and composition. Her large scale work for guitar and string orchestra was performed in 1997 by John Mills and the Sarum String Orchestra at Salisbury cathedral. In 1999 she was the winner of the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, and she is currently on the teaching staff at the Bath International Guitar Festival and Summer School.

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