***COVID-19: Information***

It is with great sadness that due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to close the Minories building for the remainder of the lease term. Colchester Institute will continue to care for the building and the beautiful gardens whilst supporting the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation to identify a new tenant to take forward one of Colchester’s most loved and long standing institutions.

The College would like to thank all of our supporters including the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, the Friends of the Minories, Wilkin and Sons, Colchester Art Society and many other stakeholders who have contributed to the site over the past 12 years.

A message from Max

I know this is heart-breaking news for everyone. I have been personally contacting exhibitors and over the coming weeks in June we will be contacting all of our shop artists to confirm what we have, arrange any outstanding payments and to organise collection.

Please be assured the Minories is still here under the Victor Batte Laye Trust and we will continue to maintain and service the building and keep it safe and secure until the next person takes over.

Yours Max

Gary Ryan Classical Guitar

5th December 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Minories Galleries
74 High Street
CO1 1UE Colchester
£10 – £12.50

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Gary will deliver an illustrated talk titled ‘How to do your best in Guitar Exams’

He was personally involved in selecting and setting material for the new ABRSM guitar exams, and he is also an examiner for ABRSM, so he is perfectly placed to really know what it is that examiners are looking for and how candidates can prepare most effectively.

The talk will involve all aspects of preparing for an exam, and will include demonstrations of material, with time for discussion. Gary is a wonderful speaker and his talk will entertain and enlighten on the whole subject of graded examinations.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bar Break in the Minories hospitable environment!

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Gary’s live performance titled ‘Redefining The Classical Guitar’

A recital, featuring Gary’s own compositions, as well as classic work from the guitar repertoire.

“staggering technical facility around the fingerboard… Ryan demonstrates his outstanding compositional skills with his own extensive six-movement guitar solo work depicting scenes from the ‘Wild West’, a 26-minute descriptive tour de force of highly technically challenging repertoire which just happens to be exceedingly good fun to listen to.”

Classical Guitar Magazine

Doors will be opened 30 minutes before the show.

There will be a bar open before the presentation and during the interval.