This Year's Festival: 13 - 22 June 2024


Friday, 14th June 2024


11:00 am


Brockfield Hall YO19 5XJ

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Jack Hancher is a rising star of the classical guitar. In 2022, he won the prestigious Gold Medal of the Royal Overseas League Competition, becoming just the third guitarist to win the award. This was preceded in 2021 by a tour of several European Guitar Festivals as a EuroStrings Artist.
 In 2020, Jack Hancher won a string of awards at various guitar competitions, including First Prize at both the Zagreb Guitar Festival Competition and the Plovdiv GuitArt Festival Competition and in 2021, he was awarded Second Prize at the Altamira International Guitar Competition. In 2017, he was accepted onto the International Guitar Foundation (IGF) Young Artists Platform and performed at the IGF London Guitar Festival at Kings Place, London in October that year.
In 2018, Jack performed at Wigmore Hall, London, playing his arrangements of Albeniz’s piano music and later that year, performed at the Cheltenham Contemporary Arts Festival with music by Arnold, Britten and Dowland.

He completed his Master in Performance at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London in 2018 where he studied with Gary Ryan and Chris Stell and won the RCM Guitar Award 2014 while still in his second year as an undergraduate. Jack has performed across Europe in venues such as the Großer Ehrbar Saal, Vienna and St David’s Hall, Cardiff and has performed live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Jack has also given Masterclasses at Conservatoires around Europe, including at the Royal College of Music, London and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

‘Hancher is a poet and a painter, colouring sound out of the guitar as if his imagination and the guitar were one’  Gendai Guitar Magazine

Tickets £16

Brockfield Hall is the family home of Charlie and Hatta Wood. Built in 1804, and designed by Peter Atkinson, partner of John Carr of York, Charlie inherited the house from his grandfather Martin Fitzalan Howard and together with Hatta, editor of House and Garden, they have recently restored it, winning the 2023 Sothebys Historic Houses Association Restoration Award. The house is home to the largest private collection of paintings by the Staithes Group Artists. Tours are available following the performance.

House tour tickets £12