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French Guitar Adventurers – July 2020

6 July : 12:00 am 12 July : 11:59 pm

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. Musicians can bring a partner.

There are trips out and plenty to keep partners entertained.

“I have enjoyed three French guitar adventures with Richard, Louise and friends and they have all been memorable and highly enjoyable affairs. Richard and Louise are simply brilliant at helping attendees relax.

“Players of all abilities are absolutely welcomed and a friendly bond between participants is quickly established. We all helped each other out during the week and had many laughs along the way. In fact in some of the ensemble practice sessions, we often had to down tools due to laughter! Fantastic fun, loads of tunes learned, friendships forged – highly recommended.”

Bruce Poole (acoustic guitar)
Guitarists from a previous French Guitar Adventurers holiday with Richard

FGA is now entering its fifth year and many lasting friendships have been forged – some of the players return each year.

Says Richard: “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.

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

Each holiday takes place at the beautiful French Retreat near Chalais to the east of Bordeaux.

All places are full board, the accommodation is high quality with fabulous food, great facilities and a swimming pool. They are hosted by Richard and his wife Louise.

For further details about price and to discuss your suitability as a player please email: info@richarddurrant.com

The French Retreat

La Loge Yviers
Charente, 16210 France
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