ACOUSTIC GUITAR WORKSHOPS

We are running two workshops in 2019, the first with Will McNicol in April and the second in August with Tristan Seume.


Wednesday 10th to Saturday 14th April, 2019

led by WILL McNICOL

Course content will include :

  • Pieces from South America
  • Compositions from Will’s own latest crtically acclaimed album
  • Arranging and composing for guitar
  • Approaches to enhance musicality in performance
Will McNicol

Will McNicol

Will McNicol will be making a welcome third visit to La Fontenelle to lead a four-day workshop in April.  Having picked up his first guitar at the age of six, Will has gone on to become Guitarist Magazine’s UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from around the world (2014). He holds Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas with Trinity College London in Classical Guitar Recital and has released four critically acclaimed albums of original material. His most recent album, Dragonflies, Frogs and Bumblebees was produced by acoustic guitar legend Clive Carroll, and received 5-star reviews from the music press.

“At once soothing and uplifting…exceptional”
— ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE

Will has performed relentlessly throughout his career and has given concerts up and down the UK and abroad. Whether it be headlining his own solo shows, performing at festivals, or supporting world-renowned artists such as Pierre Bensusan, Clive Carroll, Jon Gomm, Martin Simpson and Mumford and Sons amongst others, his performances have been described as “beautifully flawless” and “magical” by the music press. Having toured, performed, workshopped and given masterclasses in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Zimbabwe and China, Will has also made appearances including multiple concerts and workshops at one of Africa’s biggest music festivals – The Harare International Festival of Arts.

“flawless”
— GUITARIST MAGAZINE

As a composer, Will’s music is influenced by styles from all over the world, and has extended beyond just solo guitar composition. His orchestral works have been debuted by the UK’s Ten Tors Orchestra and his guitar pieces have been used for various media projects including BBC Radio 4 documentaries. Will has been commissioned to write everything from incidental music for film and dance through to tuition pieces for beginners and has published three notation books to accompany his most recent albums.

“acoustic genius…a true guitar ninja”
— GUITAR TECHNIQUES MAGAZINE

Also an in-demand tutor, Will has given workshops and masterclasses at festivals including The Ullapool Guitar Festival and has led the International Guitar Festival’s esteemed Advanced Fingerstyle Course. He has worked alongside some of the finest guitar educators in workshop environments and has run the London Guitar Summit’s Contemporary Acoustic Course alongside the world-renowned acoustic guitarist Antonio Forcione. Will has produced educational videos for MusicRadar’s Acoustic Expo along with material for Imagine Publishing’s Guitar for Beginner’s series, and written articles for Guitar Techniques Magazine.

“one of the finest guitarists and composers on the scene today”
— GORDON GILTRAP


www .willmcnicol.co.uk


Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th August 2019

led by TRISTAN SEUME

Course content will include :

  • Celtic fingerstyle guitar arrangements
  • Fingerstyle blues
  • Altered tunings
  • Useful associated theory
Tristan Seume

Tristan Seume

Tristan Seume, one of the UK’s leading acoustic guitarists and composers, will be making his fifth visit to La Fontenelle to lead a four-day acoustic guitar workshop in August.

He is a busy man: acclaimed as one of the UK’s leading acoustic guitarists, he has toured all over Europe both as a soloist and a sought-after accompanist.  His two solo albums, You Just Know and Middle Child, both available online, blend a mixture of hand-crafted originals with beautiful interpretations of traditional tunes. He performs regularly with the two-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning artist Jackie Oates, and has recorded and played with many other artists on the UK folk scene.

Tristan is also a passionate teacher, whose CV includes countless contributions to some of the UK’s best-selling guitar magazines, Guitarist, Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar and Acoustic. He was also Head of Further Education at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, and he leads workshops at the famous Ullapool Guitar Festival and the International Guitar Festival in Bath.

Testimonials

“Seume’s superb fingerpicking talent and ease of drifting between styles drives you to a state of listening compulsion” – Acoustic Magazine
“I believe he is one of the finest of the new acoustic generation” – Acoustic guitar legend, Gordon Giltrap

Press Quotes

…at once soothing and uplifting … exceptional” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“…flawless” – Guitarist Magazine
…absolutely wonderful” – Stuart Ryan, Guitar Techniques Columnist
…lovely playing, delightful compositions” – Gordon Giltrap

Workshop Testimonials

…you have a wonderful gift for both teaching and making people feel at ease.
…there are no words to describe the extent to which I enjoyed our workshops.
…for me, this was the best musical experience I had ever had.

www.tristanseume.co.uk


 

Workshop details and how to apply

 

Whilst the courses cater for varying abilities, it is recommended that participants have a good grasp of acoustic guitar basics (standard chord shapes and a few fingerstyle patterns) to gain the maximum benefit from this experience, and each course will end with an informal concert in front of a small invited audience.

The cost of each of the 4-day workshops is £250 which includes tuition fees, lunches and refreshments.

Spaces for each workshop are limited to 8 participants, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Participants are expected to organise their own travel and you should aim to arrive on the Tuesday before the course begins and leave on the Sunday after the final day.  If you book early, we can arrange some reasonably priced B & B accommodation in the course venue and in other houses in La Fontenelle, but see the logistics page for alternative suggestions.  There is a restaurant in the village and meals can be booked in advance.
 

 

For more information, send an email to info@brittanymusicworkshops.co.uk

 

 

Reviews of Brittany Music Workshops guitar workshops

“I have spent a wonderful few days with some very talented people.  Learnt a lot and, most importantly, had a great time “
“A most special place with special people and a very special time.”
“Sensational.  Thank you all.”
“Such a memorable week.  The concert at the end was so much fun!”

Photo Gallery from 2016