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Gala Guitar Quartet
Gala Guitar Quartet: Ian Burt, Debbie Burford, John Mason and Diana Green.

Ian Burt and Debbie Burford began playing duets in 1989, and in 1991 Ian formed the Gala Guitar Quartet. The original four guitarists were Ian Burt, Debbie Burford, Kit Crowhurst and John Mason. In 2006 Diana Green joined the Quartet, replacing Kit. We were all founder members in the formation of West Sussex Guitar Club which was started by Sasha Levtov in 1992. Our first public performance at Chichester Music Festival that year led Gerald Garcia to write 'shows some potential'.

After a few years of playing together, we began to run out of interesting music at an intermediate level. Debbie arranged a couple of simple duets, and then we played her first quartet arrangement, 'In a Persian Market’, to Charles Ramirez in the 2002 West Sussex Guitar Festival, and because he was so encouraging she ventured to do more. Debbie has now arranged over eighty pieces for quartets and duets, mostly from the light music repertoire.

We have performed regularly at Club evenings, music festivals and occasional charitable events. Most of these events are held at West Sussex Guitar Club and always with the encouragement of its artistic director Sasha. We hope that our efforts may encourage other enthusiastic amateurs like us to form their own ensembles for the enjoyment of playing together.

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