Continental guitarist Bernardo and Lute player and classical guitarist Kevin Avebury will be performing a lunchtime concert at the Dorset County Museum on Thursday 4 May 2017 from 1pm to 2pm
Bernardo was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne of Russian ancestry, emigrated to Canada in 1967 to return to the UK in 1984. He graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and for over 33 years been a guitar instructor.
A published composer, Bernardo has scored all ten of Florence Novelli’s children’s plays. He has also performed as resident guitarist at Thorbury Castle in Gloucester, international holiday shows, the World Wine Fair in Bristol, Military bases, hotels, restaurants and cruise boats. As one half of “The Continentals Duo” Bernardo has recorded his own compositions and guitar arrangements of international perennial favourites. Bernardo performs on a genuine, 200 year old Louis Panormo guitar and this concert will include classical Spanish folk, Flamenco and Russian folk songs – balalaika style.
Kevin studied guitar, lute, piano, composition and figured bass at the Royal College of Music. His specialisation is: Continuo realisation (keyboard and fretboard), Renaissance and Baroque music history and compositional techniques. He has performed concerts as a soloist, in duos, trios and larger ensembles. He has worked with vocal soloists, small vocal and instrumental ensembles, Early Opera companies, cafes, restaurants, street events, festival and pubs!
Kevin is a key musician in the Bridport Ukelele Projects production of “Flea!” this May and has been appointed co-Musical Director for the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis’ July production of “Monmouth”, a play covering the events of the 1685 local rebellion. He is also lead guitarist in the Dorchester based rock band Margot Escargot which is set to release three singles this year.