Course Details

  • Guitar France is directed by Gary Ryan (Royal College of Music, London). Craig Ogden (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester) will once again be joining him to tutor and perform throughout the course. Gary Ryan and Craig Ogden are two of the world’s finest guitarists, both being internationally acclaimed performers and inspirational teachers.

Gary Ryan

Craig Ogden

Gordon Dunn

  • The course runs for four full days with a strong emphasis placed on performance. It is intended for players from around Grade 6 standard through to advanced players and teachers.
  • You will receive expert advice from experienced concert performers on playing in public, interpretation, technical development and practice. There will also be regular sight-reading and opportunities for ensemble work.
  • Gordon Dunn will also be available throughout the course for additional coaching, lessons and technical advice. He will be running several of his highly entertaining and popular rhythm and guitar percussion workshops.
  • All participants will receive a one-to-one private lesson and opportunities to perform in masterclasses.
  • Performance classes will take place in the converted Stables rooms, Commun Sud and Commun Ouest, and the Salle Polyvalente, which are set in the glorious arboretum of the château Hôtel de Ville, overlooking Bagnoles de l’Orne.
  • Craig Ogden and Gary Ryan will be performing a Gala Concert, featuring a combination of solos and duos, at the Centre d’Animation et de Congrès in Bagnoles de l’Orne.
  • The student concert will again take place in the superb acoustics of the beautiful Église Sacré Coeur. This concert is regularly attended by over 200 people from Bagnoles de l’Orne.

Performance Classes

Performance Classes

Église Sacré Coeur�

Église Sacré Coeur

The Arboretum�

The Arboretum

Convention Centre�

Convention Centre

  • The course provides a friendly and welcoming learning environment with discussions over lunch and dinner providing the benefit of group feedback.
  • Bagnoles de l’Orne is an artistically inspiring location with attractive scenery and traditional French food and wine. There will also be the official Guitar France pétanque tournament (boules) and other fun events for those who wish to take part! A wide range of other activities are possible in free time which is scheduled for practice or sightseeing.
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