Classical Guitar Summer Schools, Events, and Conventions 2024

There are a number of exciting Summer Schools and other guitar events happening in 2024!  Even if you do not attend the courses themselves, each of them include numerous concerts, all of which are well worth putting in the diary. The places can also fill up quite quickly.

Guitar Foundation of America

Date: 17 – 22 June 2024

Website2024 Convention & Competitions (guitarfoundation.org)

The Guitar Foundation of America is a course and a huge convention and will take place on 17 – 22 June 2024.  It is sited peripatetically around the USA (last year New York) and this year it is in Fullerton, LA.  If you really want a big event with 4 concerts a day, lectures and multiple performance competitions then this is the event for you.  Steve Goss will also be running an academic programme in parallel. 

Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival

Date: 8 – 10 July 2024

WebsiteROYAL GREENWICH GUITAR FESTIVAL

This course runs at Greenwich (now the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) London, on 8 – 10 July 2024.  You will be able to see the famous chapel and painted hall.  I had the privilege of living there for a while many years ago (when it was a Naval college), on the edge of the Thames and dining in the painted hall every day.  You will then also have London if you extend your stay.

Guitare en France

Date: 20-27 July – 2024

Website: Home | Guitare En France (guitarenfrance.org)

 ‘Guitare en France’ (formerly held in Ligoure) takes place in the Château de Celon (XVe siecle), near Argenton-sur-Creuse, a picturesque town named ‘la Venise du  Berry’. A gem of a venue in a peaceful environment surrounded by silence, make it an ideal place for an intensive yet convivial course.

Our mission is to provide an all-round guitar experience to a limited number of guitarists of all levels (Grade 5 and above) and to foster artistic  growth and creativity  in a non competitive environment.

Run by Eleftheria Kotzia www.eleftheria.info 

Ham Farm Festival

Date: 26-28 July

WebsiteHAM FARM FESTIVAL – Home

Not a course, but a festival of music, run and organised by Francisco and Emily in Bristol. Well worth attending and WAGO will be playing on one of the days.

Ammerdown

Date: 11-17 August 2024

Website:    Guitar Summer School – Guitar Summer School

This is the replacement venue for the Dillington Summer School which will now take place at Ammerdown Retreat Centre – Sanctuary of Peace in Somerset (near Bath).  Chris Stell, Mark Eden and Debbie Adamson-Brattland are the tutors.  Due to the change in venue this year, the dates of this course unfortunately clashes with the IGF Bath Summer School.

IGF Bath Summer School

Date: 13 – 17 August

Website: Bath Summer School 2024 Classical – International Guitar Foundation & Festivals (igf.org.uk)

This course runs at Bath Spa University Campus and is led by BCGS’s musical director, Francisco, so well worth attending.

This year’s tutors include Irina Kulikova, Judicaël Perroy, Laura Snowden, Sam Brown (Lute), Declan Zapala, Francisco Correa, Tom Kerstens and Stephen Goss.

There’s also a classical singing track, and the source runs the same time as the Popular styles (Blues, Rock, Folk etc.) so there’s opportunity to interact with musicians from other genres.

West Dean

Date: 17 – 22 August

Website: Classical Guitar Festival | West Dean

This course runs at West Dean College (near Chichester).  Our BCGS Patron Berta Rojas will be a tutor on the course together with Andrew Gough (Course director), Gerald Garcia, Alison Bendy and others.  This course has an open day on Sunday 18 Aug to which anyone can attend for a small fee. Why not run straight from Ammerdown or the IGF into a week at West Dean?

Classical Guitar Masterclass by Craig Ogden

Date: Fri 30th Aug – Sun 1st Sept

Website: For now, see the brochure at https://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/2024-Brochure-Web.pdf pp. 26-27

An opportunity to study with one of the best classical guitarists of our
generation. Craig Ogden will give expert insight on effective practice strategies. There will be ensemble work, concerts and tutorials.

Cawsand

Date: 6 – 8 September

WebsiiteCawsand Bay Guitarfest 2024 – Cawsand Bay Guitarfest 2022

This course is run by Alison Smith and has Craig Ogden and the Vida Quartet as concerts and tutors. This will run 6 – 8 Sep 2024 in the beautiful Cornish coastal town of Cawsand and Kingsand.

Want your event listed here?

If you organise a classical guitar festival, summer school, or event, contact us to be added to the list!