Stapleford Granary

Course description

Saturday 8 August | 14.00–18.00 | £35 | includes concert ticket 

An extraordinary opportunity to hear and play with South Africa’s finest guitarist. Derek has developed a unique method of teaching and sharing magical African repertoire for the guitar. Based on the methodology of Maria Montessori, Derek provides a simple and direct way of learning music at any level, be it mastering the intricacies of African music or learning guitar from scratch.


Instrument and minimum grade: Open to guitarists of all ages and from grade 3 to diploma.
Tutors: Derek Gripper

Artist biog

Derek Gripper is one of the most exciting guitarists on the world stage. He has arranged and performed on classical guitar the compositions of legendary Mali musicians Toumani Diabate and Ali Farka Toure. Derek’s output includes original compositions, interpretations of the works

of Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti, collaborations with classical Indian tabla, and arrangements of J.S.Bach’s solo violin works.