Andres Segovia Guitar competition
In November the Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition takes place. This annual event attracts leading classical guitarists under 35 years of age from around the world and its objective is to promote the diffusion and study of the guitar, whilst honouring the memory of Andres Segovia, adoptive son of Almuñecar and La Herradura. The competition is organised by the Almuñecar City corporation and the Herradura district in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Departments of the Andalusian regional government and the Granada provincial government.
The event had traditionally taken place in La Heredura's beautiful San José Church. Since the 2006 edition, the competition has taken place in the Civic Center Auditorium. There was also a change of date in the celebration of the Contest, which went from the first week of January to the week of Santa Cecilia, Patroness of Music, November 22. Also starting in 2006, space allowed that the final test be held with the "Andrés Segovia" Contest Orchestra.
The event begins in the "Jate" Centro de Cultura with the presentation of the judges and contestants when lots are drawn to decide the order of appearance in the San Jose Church.
The various rounds then follow until the judges choose the winners of the guitar and the winner of the Andres Segovia competition. On the final evening of the XVI International classical guitar competition takes place in which the contestants are accompanied by a well-known pianist.
The prizes are presented on the final night followed by a recital of the winners. The first prize is about 5,000 Euro, with 2,500 Euro for second, 1,500 Euro for third and a special of 500 Euro.
For general information about from the competition website.