World Youth Guitar Festival

Supported by Guitar Circus (registered charity number 1116396)


2019 Dates Announced 

6-9 August

Dean Close School, Cheltenham

Festival Information

Whether you are a seasoned performer with loads of experience, or instead, a relatively new guitarist just beginning to learn,WYGF has something to offer everyone.

The major emphasis behind the festival is ensemble playing. Every student is placed in one of our eight WYGF guitar orchestras and as these are graded to ability, nobody feels out of their depth.

Attending with a group

WYGF has proved very popular with guitar ensembles who meet on a regular basis. It’s a fantastic opportunity to come along together to take part and spend time with your friends – think of it like a group-bonding session! WYGF also runs a series of showcase platforms giving groups the chance to take centre stage and show us what they can do. Performances in these concerts were highly sort-after at our previous festivals, so if your ensemble is planning to attend WYGF 2017 then book soon before all the slots are filled.

Attending on your own

You don’t need to be part of a group to get the best out of WYGF, because we have many students who attend as individuals. WYGF gives these students the experience of playing in an ensemble helping them to improve all areas of their musicianship, which many other instrumentalists develop naturally in orchestras, chamber music ensembles or jazz bands. WYGF is a great place to meet like-minded young musicians and enjoy music-making together.


WYGF daily timetable includes:

WYGF guitar orchestra rehearsals

Professional concerts from world-renowned guitarists

Workshops & masterclasses

Ensemble Showcase Concert Series

“Finger-Aerobics”, technique & exam tips

Ensemble coaching

Special events at WYGF:

Composition workshops

Learn to play the spoons workshop!

WYGF talent show – start practising your ‘party-piece’!

Guitar Oscars Night – posh frocks all round for the guitar awards ceremony of the year

Tutors’ Panto – an evening of mayhem!

WYGF Student Concert




WYGF17 will run from 8-11 August 2017

Venue: Dean Close School, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HE – UK

Full daily timetables will be provided for each student in their welcome pack at registration. To help with planning your travel arrangements the outline itinerary is as follows:

Tuesday 8 August

13:00-14:30 Registration(in Bacon Theatre).

Students can arrive any time during this period. Please advise us in advance if you are unable to arrive during this time slot.

19:30 International Concert Series

Wednesday 9 August

19:30 International Concert Series

Friday 11 August

17:00 Departure.

If traveling by train please note that we do not advise planning a departure before 17:30

The school is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the station but if this is difficult then WYGF is running a shuttle service from Cheltenham station to Dean Close School. If you would like to use this service please let us know in advance, by completing the shuttle booking form.