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Jelma van Amersfoort
  • 55, Female
  • Amsterdam
  • Netherlands
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New book by Christopher Page

Started Jul 21, 2020

2020 Andrew Britton Fellowship
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jelma van Amersfoort Oct 7, 2019.


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Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion Colour of forum presentation
"Hello Martyn, I will look into it. Best, Jelma"
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"Dear Chris, I don't know if you are still looking, but I know that luthiers Alexander Hopkins, Jan van Cappelle, and Joan Pellisa make small-size five-course guitars (sometimes called guitarró, chitarrino, chitariglio…"
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"Chris, it would help if you would post some images here, like you did on Facebook. Not everyone here wants to be on Facebook, but instruments are being sold here regularly. Thanks, Jelma"
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Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Ammar Biser's discussion Romantic guitar for sale
"If it is made around 1920-1925 how can it be a romantic guitar? Besides that, maybe you could post some photos!"
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New book by Christopher Page

Christopher Page wrote a new book on the guitar in Georgian England. It will be available from Yale University Press from October 2020. The book is a social and musical history of the guitar, its repertoire and its players between ca. 1715 and 1830. More information can be found here: https://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9780300212471…See More
Jul 21, 2020

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About me:
I studied guitar with Tom Burmanje at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and with Gordon Crosskey at the RNCM in Manchester. Masterclasses with Leo Brouwer and David Russell. I graduated as a musicologist in 2013, with a thesis on the composer Pauline Duchambge (1776-1858).

Currently I am working on a PhD about guitar culture in the 1700s (at the Uuniversity of Southampton, UK). I have published articles on guitar history in Early Music and TVNM.

I have been playing 19th century guitars for about 20 years now, after spotting & buying a lovely Mirecourt guitar at a local auction. I have been performing on gut strings, without nails, right from the start. Among other instruments, I own a ca 1830 Franz Brunner (Vienna), a ca 1855 D & A Roudhloff (London), and a Enrique Recio (Cadiz) from 1862.

As a performer, I mostly accompany singers, such as Christopher Kale, tenor, Sigurd van Lommel, altus and Valeria Mignaco, soprano. I teach guitar, lute and ukulele.

Email: jelmaa-at-gmail.com

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At 21:43 on April 5, 2020, Ken Van Hoeylandt said…

Bedankt Jelma!

At 16:52 on October 29, 2018, Willem Feltkamp said…

bedankt! en tot ziens

At 14:08 on August 29, 2018, jamie akers said…


At 21:17 on August 15, 2018, Emma Rush said…

Hi Jelma! I’m looking for solo repertoire.

At 2:35 on October 23, 2017, Stephen Pickett said…

yes it was made by Alexander last year

At 11:22 on August 11, 2017, Patricia Butler said…

Thank you Jelma for welcoming me to your website. I have recently aquired my first early 19th century guitar after collecting several vintage Spanish guitars. I am eager to learn more about my latest addition and antique guitars in general. I cannot offer any knowledge on your site but look forward to gaining some knowledge. I will post some photos on the forum and look forward to receiving some information on my guitar. Thank again. Pat

At 22:30 on January 5, 2017, Leon de Kroes said…

Hoi Jelma, leuk om je hier te zien!. Hartelijke groet, Leon

At 20:03 on August 11, 2016, Guzman Ramos said…

Thank you Jelma!

At 4:36 on June 13, 2016, Ken Hartdegen said…

Thanks very much Jelma! Nice to hear from you; still getting it all set up....

At 17:48 on January 14, 2016, Alan Clark said…

Thank you!

Regards, Alan


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