The Guitar Society of Brantford in Partnership with the Brantford Public Library
Presents: Christmas Concert
Saturday Saturday December 2 , 2023  2:00pm
Brantford Public Library 173 Colborne Street Brantford, Ontario
Free admission

The community ensembles program seeks to enhance the musical education of all guitarists while at the same time offering a vehicle to meet new friends and make music together. If you own a classical guitar, can read music and are looking to play music with others, this group is for you. The ensembles begin in September and January, have recitals in the winter and the spring, and meets every Sunday evening September through April. .
We are always looking for new members to join us. We are a friendly bunch and have a lot of fun.

If you would like to join, help sponsor, or host a recital, or join our email list please contact the director at gsob@rogers.com


Quartet Malamatina is the guitar quartet for the 21st century. 

First converging around Leo Brouwer’s Cuban Landscape with Rain for a performance with film at the 2021 UN Climate Conference, Quartet Malamatina is an international guitar quartet featuring Tim Beattie (Canada), Finlay Hay (Scotland), Ross Morris (England), and Lenny Ranallo (United States)

Equally comfortable on the concert stage as in the local community centre, Quartet Malamatina takes a socially-conscious approach to programming and presentation, sharing the expressive potential of concert music and forging new audiences in the process. 

Quartet Malamatina is building upon the culturally diverse and longstanding traditions of music for guitar ensemble through a wide range of commissioning, arranging, multidisciplinary collaboration, education, and community engagement activities. 

Lauded for their “immensely colourful, lyrical and expressive playing” (Laura Snowden), Quartet Malamatina have worked with some of the most exciting young filmmakers and composers in the UK, developing programmes that challenge conventions of genre classification and presentation. 

Quartet Malamatina’s 2023 UK Tour included a residency at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, an appearance on BBC Radio Scotland, and concerts at the Beacon Arts Centre (Greenock), Billiard Room Sessions (Govan), Carlisle Cathedral (Carlisle), Gatehouse Music Society (Dumfries), Festival Drayton Centre (Market Drayton), and Stevenson Hall (Glasgow). 

Amidst these performances, Malamatina gave world-premiere performances of newly-commissioned works by Marco Galvani and Erin Thomson, thanks to generous support from Creative Scotland and the PRS Foundation. The Quartet also worked with conductor-composer Martyn Brabbins in a performance of his piece, Sometimes You Can Hear the Birds Sing – the work’s first outing since 1984

Lauded for their “immensely colourful, lyrical and expressive playing” (Laura Snowden), Quartet Malamatina is an international guitar quartet featuring Tim Beattie, Finlay Hay, Ross Morris, and Lenny Ranallo.




The Guitar Society of Brantford Community Guitar Orchestra

The Guitar Society of Brantford Community Guitar Orchestra invites guitar players of all levels to join them as they begin their eighth year of rehearsals and performances. If you play classical guitar and are seeking a group of fun-loving, adventurous players to grow with musically, now is the time to join. The guitar orchestra is a community ensemble led by Patrick Feely, a PHD candidate and adjunct guitar instructor at the University of Western Ontario. The orchestra performs music ranging from classical to jazz, folk and pop with arrangements for players of all skill levels.

Rehearsals take place Sunday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery, 20 Ava Road, (in the Coach House). The first rehearsal of the year is Sunday, September 17. The cost to join the 10 week semester (September 2023 to December 2023) and we will be having our Christmas concert on Saturday December 2, 2023. The second semester is 13 weeks and runs from (January to May) and we will be having our Spring concert first Saturday in May.  For more information please click the link to email  


Our Many Volunteers and Helpers

Susan and Darcy Clark - Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  Your dedication, commitment, encouraging words and positive attitude shines through in all you do. Thank you for our beautiful logo creation for our concert series Music and Beans Coffee House  Thank you for opening up your house to us for our special Beautiful Space Concert and showing us your gorgeous quilts and telling their stories.

Joan Chinsen - Thank you for always helping set up and take down the hall, you always have a smile on your face.  

Gay Henley - Thank you for helping with the chairs at our concerts.

Cheryl Brownell  and Elizabeth Creswell - Our two snap happy photographers - you even put up with Denise sticking her tongue out for most pictures.

Kim Difrancisco - Thank you for creating our beautiful  Guitar Society Logo, as well as all the posters, cardstock, tickets and even logos.  

Jessica Kocis - Thank you for helping keep our orchestra organized with weekly emails and helping our conductor choose rep for us.

Patrick Feely our artistic director who brings us such wonderful concert artists, and is brave enough to stand before us with the baton and for putting up with our wrong notes and incorrect rhythms.  

Baie McFadden - Thank you to our fearless conductor, your youthfulness invigorates us.

Ward Brownell, Jeffrey McFadden and Denise Feely our wonderful board of directors. 

Ana Olsen and her team at Glenhyrst Art Gallery thank you for allowing us to have concerts in the beautiful gallery, use of the CoachHouse for concerts, rehearsals and setting up the chairs for us in the hall.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Emilee Feely - Thank you for online promotion of concerts using multi media sites and for putting up posters around town.
Thank you to our "Couch Concert" Donors


P. Feely                                   A. Shoesmilth                         C. Gideon   
A. Gesjorskyj                           B. McFadden                          P. Steingard
R. Marjoribanks                       K. Agro                                    Kathy
D. Del Cantero                         I. Yee                                      N. Stoneman
W. Beattie                                A. Mann                                  K. Godfree
J. Jansen                                 D. Battler                                 D. Rondeau
C. Lund J P  Pingyin C. Gorecki
S. Milne T. Robertson E. Feely
J. Chinsen D. Woolsey O. Less


Feely Music 
Kim Difrancesco - Visual Artist
Cedar Springs Chiropractic - Dr. Mark Del Cantero
Robertson Fine Arts Studio & Gallery

Thank You to our Wonderful Sponsors