Since 2016, Richard Durrant’s week long French Guitar Adventurers (FGA) gatherings have become sell out features of his diary. But for 2023 it’s time to ring the changes…
A September FGA was added to the July gathering in 2018. But now with Richard’s busy schedule of concerts, writing and recordings, FGA will take place once a year. FGA 2023 will run from 24 – 30 April with a few changes in place..
So what happened at the last FGA?
No sooner had Richard got off his bicycle after his 1,000 mile, 16 concert summer 2022 bicycle ride into Sussex from Orkney than preparations began for the first of this year’s guitar holidays in the South of France.
‘Everything was perfect, tuition, accommodation, food, company… Roll on next year!’Wendy Hicks (classical and flamenco guitar)
With the end of week concert approaching, the workshop space at The French Retreat can be a pretty intense place. Luckily, Richard allows the occasional break and the pool is just outside the door…
Richard recalls that this year’s concert in l’eglise Notre Dame was ‘possibly our best yet, with songs from James Saunders and Ian Chisholm in addition to a fine solo from flamenco specialist Jonny Owens and yet another original guitar piece from Wendy Hicks.’
Guitarists (left to right) Wendy, George, James, Colin, Jane (with a broken leg following a golfing accident!), RD, Jonny and Ian pictured with friends and loved ones in a photo by regular concert attendee and FGA friend the photographer Bernard Giraldon.