Allan Neave
Professor Allan Neave is the Head of the Guitar & Harp Department guitar at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama and widely regarded as one of Europe’s foremost educators and promoters of the instrument. He has broadcast widely both in the UK and abroad, including Radio 3 and 4 broadcasts at the Edinburgh International Festival, performances of Schoenberg’s Serenade with the Hebrides Contemporary Music Ensemble for BBC Radio 3, the isle is full of noises on KFZAZ Radio USA, RadioSodre Uruguay and BBC Radio 3. He also gave the world’s 1st live Internet guitar concert broadcast in 1997.He has worked with many influential musicians, including Nikita Koshkin, Edward McGuire, Hans Werner Henze, Gordon McPherson and Stephen Dodgson, many of whose works he has premiered.

Uros Baric (1987, Postojna, Slovenia) is a guitarist performing classical music, latin, pop, fingerstyle and jazz. He holds a Master's Degree (Mag. art.) from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where he graduated with honors in 2011, in the class of world-renowned guitarist and internationally acclaimed teacher Alvaro Pierri. During his early studies he won several highest prizes in international competitions for young musicians, including the 1st prize at Concorso Europeo di Chitarra Classica »Città di Gorizia« in 2004 and the 2nd prize at Concorso Internazionale »Città di San Bartolomeo al mare« in 2005. Uros has played in many concerts in Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Slovakia and has given solo recitals at national music festivals like “Glasbena mladina ljubljanska” and international “Kras Guitar Festival” where he was invited to premiere Slovenian composer Peter Savli's piece “Waltz Fantasy”. In October 2008 he performed on a series of concerts for the festival “GM Oder”, including a solo recital in the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall in Ljubljana, which was recorded by Radio Slovenija for the “Ars” programme. With a view of music as a universal means of expression, Uros sets no boundaries to the music he dedicates himself to. His classical repertoire embraces works of all epochs including contemporary compositions, and he is equally attracted to other musical styles like Pop, Jazz and Latin music.

Matthew McAllister is amongst Europes’ finest young guitarists. Since graduating with honours from RSAMD in 2003 he has been delighting audiences across the world with his thoughtful performances and effortless presentation. In addition to having toured extensively throughout North & South America, Europe and Asia both as soloist and chamber musician, Matthew has also produced an extensive discography with Natural Studio Records. Matthew’s live concert performances alongside his recordings with Natural Studio Records have appeared on British, Spanish, Malaysian, Turkish, Peruvian & Chilean TV and have featured on numerous radio broadcasts worldwide. Matthew holds the post of Classical Guitar Lecturer and Lecturer in Scottish Music History in the Music Faculty of the Unversity of St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland and also Lecturer in Guitar at both the Junior and Senior Schools of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Peter Stewart
Peter Stewart lectures at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Aberdeen City Music School and has previously taught at Aberdeen College of Music and Performing Arts. Peter performed for 16 years with Irish guitarist Tracey Boyd; they were endorsed as Savarez Artists and were highly praised by respected critics for their musically sensitive, emotive and stylish performances. The duo performed throughout the UK and Europe and broadcast for BBC Radio Scotland. Many works were dedicated to them; most notably a series of works composed by John W. Duarte and published by Mel Bay USA. During that period, Peter directed the Glasgow Classical Guitar Workshop and the very successful Oatridge International Guitar Festival. Peter’s success as a composer has been met with international critical acclaim and his music has been performed as far afield as the USA, South America and Russia. Many of his works have been commercially recorded by international artists including Alfonso Montes (Venezuela), Irina Kircher (Germany), Antonio De Innocentis (Italy) Matthew McAllister (UK) and Professor Allan Neave (UK); he is published by Guitar Score Publications (Scotland), Ricordi (England) and Chanterelle (Germany). Peter is also an adjudicator for Live Music Now – Wales, the Fife Music Festival and the Rago International Competition at the Stuttgart Musikschule, Germany.


The Island of Cumbrae is easily reached from the small town of Largs by making a short 10-minute ferry trip.

There are excellent transport connections to Largs from Glasgow. Largs is approximately one hour by road, rail, car or bus from Glasgow City Centre and 45 minutes from Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick airports.


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“As far as setting is concerned, Cumbrae’s Cathedral can most certainly be counted among the best that festivals worldwide have to offer.” 
Guy Traviss, Classical Guitar Magazine

“The retreat was truly a unique experience. The setting on this quaint little island with its lovely cathedral was unlike any other guitar gathering I have attended.” 
Janice Pena, Soundboard

CGR History

Aisling Agnew 
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Allan Neave
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2105, 2016, 2017, 2018
Amadeus Guitar Duo
2012, 2014, 2017
Amanda Cook
2009, 2013, 2016
Ana Vidovic
Antonio Rugolo
Bardic Trio
2016, 2017 
David Russell
2010, 2018
Debs Fruscella Duo
Gabriel Bianco
Gabriel Guillen
James Akers
Jan Depreter
Johannes Moller
Kupinski Guitar Duo
Matthew McAllister 
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Marcin Dylla
2012, 2015
Patrick Kearney
Peter Stewart 

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Rene Izquierdo
2016, 2018
Roland Dyens
Uros Baric

2016, 2017, 2018
Vladislav Blaha
Yvonne Zehner
2011, 2015