Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist returns to Southend

May 9, 2024

Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist and composer, Gary Ryan, returns to Southend on Friday 17 May.

Gary last performed in the city over 5 years ago. The British performer, who currently pursues a busy and highly varied international career as a performer and composer, is also Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music. He regularly gets invited to perform all over the world.

Tickets are now on sale for this must-see performance in Southend, which will be held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea. The Civic Centre is the perfect venue for the concert with its free parking after 6pm and location to both Southend train stations.

His concert in Southend will include music by Cello Suite No 1 by J S Bach, and works by Albeniz, John Dowland, Villa Lobos and a selection of Gary Ryan’s own compositions and arrangements.

Gary is also in great demand as a chamber musician and regularly performs with John Williams and John Etheridge in the Guitar Trio 6 Hands at UK venues including St George’s Bristol, the Bridgewater Hall, King’s Place and the Snape Maltings.

Councilor David Garston, deputy cabinet member for arts, culture, heritage and leisure, said: “We are delighted that Southend will be welcoming Gary Ryan once more to perform as part of our much-loved council concert series.

“Our concerts ensure residents and visitors have an opportunity to experience world-renowned music without having to travel to the big concert halls, cathedrals and abbeys of London and other major cities.

"I encourage everyone to book early for this performance at the Civic Centre so as not to miss the amazing musical talents of this highly regarded international performer.”

The concert takes place in the Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, starting at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased online at or by phone on 01702 215011, Monday to Friday, during normal office hours. Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the concert.


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