September 2021 Online Meeting: Mark Marrington

Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 7:00 PM EST

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Recording and the Identity of the Classical Guitar in the 20th Century

In this talk, Mark Marrington will discuss his recently published book, Recording the Classical Guitar, which traces the evolution of the concept of the classical guitar in records from the 78 era to the advent of the CD, focusing on repertoire, performance practice, and recorded sound.

The presentation will be followed by our Open Mic. Sign up in advance to play — see the Member Events page for details. NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests.

Mark Marrington is a writer, teacher, and guitarist based in the North of England. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Music Production in the Faculty of Arts at York St. John University.

Mark has published articles and chapters with Cambridge University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Routledge, Future Technology Press, British Music, Soundboard, Classical Guitar, the Musical Times and the Journal on the Art of Record Production. His research is currently focused on the following areas: digital technologies in music creation and production – principally Digital Audio Workstations – and their role in shaping contemporary popular music in genres ranging from EDM to metal; theories underlying music production practice; songwriting pedagogy and its relationship to practice; ideologies in music pedagogy with particular reference to music technology; the contemporary classical guitar, its history and repertoire; British classical music in the twentieth century. His recently-completed book, Recording the Classical Guitar, was published by Routledge in March 2021.

During the 1990s and early 2000s Mark was also involved in writing and publishing pedagogical material for the guitar. He co-authored Guitar from Scratch with Christopher Norton (Boosey and Hawkes, 1999) and also performed and arranged the music for the accompanying CD. In 2004 he acted as a consultant for Usborne on a new series of books, Guitar Tunes for Children, and in the same year Mel Bay published his book of classical guitar arrangements, Nineteen Gilbert and Sullivan Favorites. In addition, Mark has worked as a freelance music typesetter on publications by Cambridge University Press (Julian Rushton’s Elgar: Enigma Variations), Boosey and Hawkes (the book, Guitar from Scratch), The Consort (early music journal), and for numerous private individuals.

Mark taught guitar privately in Leeds from 1996 and 2001 and also worked as a peripatetic guitar teacher for Roundhay Music (North Leeds) and later Calderdale local authority.  He taught at Leeds College of Music from 1998 to 2011, initially at Further Education level and then Higher Education for undergraduate and Masters degree levels, on a variety of music-related modules across the Classical, Jazz, Popular Music and Music Production degrees offered by the college. More recently he was a Teaching Fellow and the Programme Manager for the BSc Music, Multimedia and Electronics at the University of Leeds, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (2011 to 2015). He has also worked as an external examiner for the University of Brighton (BA Creative Music Production at City College), the University of Hertfordshire (BSc Music Technology Programme), the University of Chester (MA Popular Music) and the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (BA Creative Music Production)