Lunchtime Recital Series – Galina Vale

Posted on: January 19th, 2017

Our free International Lunchtime Recital Series began again last week with great success. Newcastle Cathedral’s very own Organist and Director of Music kicked off the 2017 series with a wonderful celebration of the compositions and arrangements of J.S.Bach (1685-1750).

Tomorrow (Friday 20 January 2017) we are delighted to welcome Galina Vale.


A child prodigy raised in a family of musicians, Galina’s performing career began at the age of eight with an appearance on Ukrainian State Television and she became soloist of Kharkov State Philharmonic at 15.

Galina Vale born Galina Vernigora in Kharkov, Ukraine, is a classically trained virtuoso guitarist. Her individualistic solo performances combine a charismatic stage presence and dynamic powerful playing style with an unusually wide ranging and technically demanding repertoire; including classical music, flamenco, arrangements of Latin American and East European folk music.

Never afraid of controversy Galina has become a unique personality of the international guitar world: very few female guitarists have even attempted both classical and flamenco genres, while her most recent recording also included electric guitar. She continues to experiment in crossing of boundaries and musical styles.

Gendai Guitar Foundation of Japan under Masaru Kohno sponsored her first CD “The Legend” This recording was heard on US FM radio for the first time in the network program edition of “Great Women Guitarists” produced by “Classical Guitar Alive” and later on Maltese National Radio with the programme Cantabile.

By 1997 Galina was domiciled in the United Kingdom. In 2007 and in recognition of her work, she became an Ambassador of the EuroWirral Inernational Guitar Festival – alongside W Mann and J Williams.

Galina’s early influences included the female guitarists Maria Luisa Anido and Ida Presti. She has developed a dramatic guitar technique that owes more to contemporary flamenco and earlier styles rather than current fashions of classical guitar playing.


All are welcome to attend our free Friday lunchtime recitals which include solo organ recitals, song recitals, chamber music, and folk music. Why not take a break out of your day to listen to beautiful music in our tranquil surroundings!

Recitals take place on Fridays, starting at 1.05pm and last for approximately 40 minutes. Admission to each is free, and we kindly ask for donations following the recital to help defray costs.

The Lantern Café is open before and after the recitals, for a tasty lunch or snack.

We are always pleased to hear from experienced performers who would like to give of their time and talents through performing in our series. For more information please contact Emily Stolting via email,