ACOUSTIC GUITAR WORKSHOP
Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th August 2017
led by WILL McNICOL
Will McNicol, one of the UK’s leading acoustic guitarists and composers, will be holding his second four-day acoustic guitar workshop in August 2017 in the beautiful French village of La Fontenelle.
The course will explore pieces and compositional styles from around the world including folk, blues and Latin-American and it will end with an informal concert in front of an invited audience. Whilst it caters 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.
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 compositions.
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 & Sons amongst others, his performances have been described as “beautifully flawless” and “magical” by the music press. Having toured the UK and Ireland, Will has also made international appearances including multiple concerts and workshops at one of Africa’s biggest music festival’s – The Harare International Festival of Arts.
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 premiered 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 through to tuition pieces for beginners and has published two notation books to accompany his most recent albums.
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 most recently ran 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.
The cost of the 4-day workshop is £250 which includes tuition fees, lunches and refreshments.
Spaces are limited to 8 participants, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Participants are expected to organise their own travel and accommodation – see the logistics page for suggestions, though some accommodation can be arranged in La Fontenelle itself if you book early. You should aim to arrive on Tuesday, 22nd and leave on Sunday 27th August. There is a good restaurant in the village and meals can be booked in advance.
More information can be found at www.willmcnicol.co.uk (or firstname.lastname@example.org).
“ at once soothing and uplifting … exceptional ” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“ flawless ” – Guitarist Magazine
“ absolutely wonderful ” – Stuart Ryan, Guitar Techniques Columnist
“ beautiful ” – Tristan Seume, Guitarist Columnist
“ lovely playing, delightful compositions ” – Gordon Giltrap
“…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”
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!”