French Guitar Adventurers

Richard Durrant’s French Guitar Adventurers holiday is for classical and acoustic players of mixed styles and abilities. It takes place in July and September each year in the South of France.

Up to 10 guitarists spend a week together developing musical and technical ideas and working towards an end of week concert.

“The first FGA I attended, I was a complete beginner, I was very nervous about having to ‘perform’ but Richard helped me and guided me through my learning with complete tolerance and understanding. Working as a group during the weeks study, I found the atmosphere from my fellow guitarists so relaxing and helpful. So much so that I performed my first concert solo piece last year – so proud!”

Steve Booker (acoustic and classical guitar)

Musicians can bring a partner. There are trips out and plenty to keep partners entertained too!

Now entering its fifth year, FGA has led to many lasting friendships being forged – some of the players return each year. 

French Guitar Adventurers concert poster
The French Guitar Adventurers week ends with a concert

“Each guitarist has to show flexibility, generosity and understanding as well as being prepared to work hard.

“Luckily these are qualities that I consider to be key ingredients of good musicianship.”

Richard Durrant

“It also makes for wonderful music making, a steep learning curve, strong camaraderie and a great end of week gig!”

Hosted by Richard and his wife Louise, each holiday takes place at the beautiful French Retreat near Chalais to the east of Bordeaux. 

The French Retreat, situated just outside the town of Chalais, is the stunning setting for French Guitar Adventurers

“Everything was perfect, tuition, accommodation, food, company. I was able to live the dream for a bit. The whole thing allowed me to relax such that I was able to do a good solo performance at the gig. My playing already feels better and I am inspired to do my exercises now as I can appreciate the effect they have on my playing. Roll on next year.”

Wendy Hicks (classical and flamenco guitar)

All places are full board, the accommodation is high quality with fabulous food, great facilities and a swimming pool.

For further details about price and to discuss your suitability as a player please email:

French Guitar Adventurers – dates for 2022

Monday 11th July – Sunday 17th July  Two places remaining

Monday 12 September – Sunday 18 September