Another fantastic weekend spent in the company of a great gathering of people from various parts of the country (and, in the case of one individual, from outside the UK) all sharing the same zest for classical guitar playing as well as gaining the valuable insight and knowledge that Selina and Adrian bring to the course.
For anyone reading this and who has not made up their mind whether or not to go on the course here is a brief outline of the October 25-27 2019 weekend:

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Dear Adrian and Selina,
The weekend was a resounding success!  Your warmth, enthusiasm and talents created a supportive and fun learning environment.  Attention to detail apparent as you refined us as musicians, connecting our brains to our fingers,  giving us a feel for playing and teaching us how to learn.
Kind regards
October 2019

Hello Adrian
I am most delighted with the arrival of Shirley. You have surpassed yourself in spite of all the troubles encountered with the shipping company during Shirley's journey. Shirley sounds sublime. Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the US, and there is ample reason enough for me to give thanks. I could wax poetic about Shirley's beauty, the enchanting scent of the oil and the woods, her melodious voice. You will forgive me if I do not. I have to spend some quality time with her. I am looking forward to years of reciprocated bliss.
Bravo, bravissimo to you and Kevin (Aram).
Best wishes,

Hi Adrian and Selina.
Thank you again for another thoroughly enjoyable weekend.
It is so good to be able to spend the weekend immersed in the guitar in such a relaxed, friendly and helpful way. I always get so much out of your teaching and come away fired up with enthusiasm and with lots of ways to try and improve my playing and my enjoyment of the guitar.
Looking forward to April already.
October 2019

Hi Adrian

I would just like to thank you for all your helpful advice yesterday in choosing my guitar.

I am absolutely thrilled with it and I just hope my guitar playing will improve over time so that I can do it justice and maybe begin to tap into it's true potential. I am so glad I chose to come to you, I think if I had gone to a shop I would not have got such individual attention or expertise in matching me up with a guitar that I will grow into.

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Thank you for your patience and persistence.
For your encouragement and support.
The examples of professionalism were so many, I felt the need to write them down.
Humour contagious, attention to detail,refined.
You two said things so that I could hear them, and gave attention in a way that denied the possibility to compare my deficiencies to others strengths.
Finger control and counting will be my mantra, and our household will be the better for it.
Looking forward to seeing you again. I've already started counting my pennies.
All the best.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
October 2019


I've just received the guitar so just letting you know. Having just taken it out of the case my first impression is that it is a beautiful guitar and im very glad a bought it. It is definitely very impressive compared with other guitars of similar and higher prices. It sounds much better than my existing Alhambra!
Thanks for sending it out so quickly.

Dear Selina and Adrian
Thank you both for your encouragement and support throughout the October 2019 Billesley Manor Classical Guitar Weekend.
Your knowledge, enthusiasm and amazing talent for teaching shone brightly.
Hope to see you again in 2020.
Sue B
October 2019

Hi all at Stafford Guitar, 
Just like to say how much l've been enjoying  my Contreras.  Since receiving it I have not touched my other guitars! (One of which is a Benedetto).  I have set myself the goal of learning tremolo and l am getting there! 
Out of interest and for my reference do you know the brand of strings that the guitar came with?  Are there any brands you would particularly recommend for a typically 'Spanish sound'? 
Best Wishes

Hallo Adrian and Selina,
Firstly I hope your trip back to Stafford went well. We had a very good run to Nottingham.
I would also like to thank you both again for a wonderful learning experience. It really was enjoyable and as usual the learning comes not only from playing my own piece and your tutorials, but from the insights gained from the other people's pieces.
I reserved a place on the October 2020 course and look forward to meeting you both again next year at Billesley.
Best regards,
October 2019

Many thanks for your help!
And many thanks for giving me a very pleasant experience of expensive online shopping.  It is really a pleasure to buy quality guitar from an honest, knowledgeable, and professional seller like you.

Hello Adrian,

well I think this is a really lovely guitar --- splendid wood patterns, beautifully made and finished with lots of really painstaking and stylish touches and ornamentation. Such a high standard of build.

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Stafford Guitars was my choice when ordering a new Carrillo guitar while stateside, and I have to say, they exceeded all my expectations and I'm very happy with my experience of this transaction. I was not familiar with the process of importing guitars, there was a permit involved and I had no idea where to go and how to do it, but Sandra was excellent at providing exactly the information I needed and how to fill the forms.

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Hello Sandra,

J M Villaplana 1982 guitar arrived safe and sound. The woods, quality and craftsmanship, and the rich depth of sound are, at the moment, beyond adequate description. Am I pleased I made the decision to buy this instrument before "it went!" Your telephone description during our pre-order conversation, was the deciding factor. For that, my very sincere thanks. Again, it has been a pleasure ordering from Stafford Classical Guitar.
My regards to you all.

Hi Adrian,

Sorry I am sending my comments via this mail.
The guitar is now evolving at a surprising fast rate and every day is a discovery trip through much Variety of sounds. The guitar demand very strong playing all along the Finger board then there is an array of colours available.
I am very satisfied with the choice of the Bernabe Especial which respond to my expectations.
Thanks to everybody at STAFFORD GUITARS.
I will keep in touch to give news of the evolution of the guitar.
Best wishes to Adrian, Selina and Sandra.

Dear Adrian,

I bought this guitar from you in March and would just like to say what a wonderful instrument it is. Having previously only played student guitars I was amazed at the difference this makes to my playing. It is a joy to play this guitar and really makes me want to pick it up.

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Dear Adrian, my order for string ties for guitar arrived this morning, just put them on my guitar and I’m so impressed. What a fantastic product and excellent price, will certainly be recommending them to other guitarists.
Thank you for your excellent service,
Joe Taylor

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