TLDM, PDM, MMus (cum laude), DMus (current)


Avril Kinsey is an award winning international concert guitarist, music lecturer, composer, published author and Founding Director of the Cape Town Academy of Music. One of her most famous pieces for classical guitar is:  Mokoro (Song of the Water) 
‘This guitarist’s work is ingenious and evocative, the result of a fertile imagination … a master musician of unusual ability.’ Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar (UK) ‘William Walton’s Bagatelles…The complex detail was presented with clear precision…Elogia de la Danze by Brouwer, a tour de force.’ H Eckstein, Cape Times (SA)
‘Sharply focused eloquence and total brilliance … a sparkling finish to a recital which had delighted a full house.’ Dick Turpin, The Star Tonight (SA)

Hermanus Music Society presents Avril Kinsey performing a solo guitar recital of works by Eythor Thorlakkson, Sor (the virtuosic Variations on a theme by Mozart) Llobet’s beautiful Canco del LLadre, Paganini’s Romanze from the Grand Sonate,  Pernambuco’s famous Sons de Carilhoes, Vincent Lindsay-Clarke, Morel (Danza Brasilera) and several of Avril’s own most famous works, including Sad Song, Sensual and Mokoro amongst others. Venue: Bouchard Finlayson on Friday 3o September, 2016 at 18h30.

The Hermanus programme is also available for bookings at other concert venues in and around Cape Town.  TO BOOK THE ARTIST FOR A CONCERT OR EVENT CALL:  083 4114889. 

Guitar lessons in Glencairn and Bergvliet starting SEPTEMBER. Friends of Cape Town Academy of Music are offering talented students a 50% bursary. CALL 083 4114889 to find out more. Classes in Rock/Pop acoustic and electric guitar by Steven Felmore. 

Accredited classical guitar, piano, and voice courses are aligned with Trinity College London exams. Lectures are also given in music theory, songwriting, composition, history of music, music entrepreneurship, music journalism and music education theory and practice. These are a sample of the subjects that make up the Cape Town Academy of Music’s certified MUSIC ARTIST CERTIFICATE COURSE.

Students can study: MUSIC PERFORMANCE and/or COMPOSITION, MUSIC EDUCATION (theory and practical teaching), MUSIC JOURNALISM, ENTREPRENEURSHIP and the BUSINESS of MUSIC. Read the CTAM PROSPECTUS 2015 for full details, or read MUSIC ARTIST CERTIFICATE COURSES to find out more on this website.  

CTAM Music Career Training 2016

Consult with Avril regarding one on one lessons, group classes, Skype lessons, or to find out if you qualify for acceptance into any of the Music Artist Certificate courses. Send an e-mail with QUERY CTAM in the subject line to: info.akinsey@mweb.co.za  Please include your contact information and as much detail as possible, or download the  CTAM PART Time Application 2014 form or  CTAM FULL Time Application 2014 form and/or complete the form below and we will get back to you in 24 hours. 

Classes & lectures held under the auspices of the Non Profit Organisation (FCTAM) take place specifically at Tokai Library hall on alternate Wednesdays and are open to the public upon completion of the FCTAM Tokai Hall attendance form .


The Certificate Course was one of the best years I experienced in music college. The lessons were informative and entertaining.  Avril Kinsey is an excellent teacher, you can feel her love of music in the way she teaches. Suaad Luna 

Avril coached me on every aspect of performing. The value of the lessons I learned extends far beyond the sphere of music. She has taught me the value of hard work, discipline and a positive attitude.The technique that I learned from Avril removed the physical obstacles to playing guitar, and her ‘can-do’ attitude removed the mental ones. To have a teacher of Avril’s expertise is a rare and valuable opportunity. Steven Kukard

The certificate course is essential for any musician who is serious about making music their full time career. The material is not only easy to understand but it is also engaging and more importantly, makes learning interesting and fun. I really enjoyed the songwriting sessions … I’m so grateful to have met Avril. Since the course I am teaching full time and really enjoying it. I also will be performing next year in a major festival with international acts. Tanya Markowitsch

Avril’s enthusiasm for the guitar seemed to attract all participants like magnetism, and kindled a new zest for expression on the instrument. Her ability to to provide constructive criticism at all levels of playing provided each student of the various masterclasses with a sense of achievement and enrichment. Basil Heald

Warrick Ryan’s singing career takes off – see this rising star who studied for his Music Artist Certificate under Avril at the Cape Town Academy of Music and achieved distinction – http://www.warrickryan.com/

AND below.here’s a bit of history just for fun!