Adelaide Guitar Festival Winter School is a week-long guitar course which provides an opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s finest guitarists in a small, immersive, guitar playing and skills development intensive. Two week-long programs are offered; Classical (5 – 9 July, 2021), and Blues & Roots (12 – 16 July, 2021)

Adelaide Guitar Festival Winter School is open to all ages and has seen participants as young as 8 and as old as 89 in the same class, sharing the same passion for guitar.

Winter School is held in two main streams with dedicated genre-based tutors, focusing and honing skills.


This stream of Adelaide Guitar Festival’s Winter School is a program that focuses on nylon string techniques, ensemble playing and music reading development. A week of sectional rehearsals tutored by some of Australia’s most distinguished and qualified guitarists will see every participant as a member of the Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra. The final concert for 2021, directed by the incomparable Dr Paul Svoboda, will take place on 10 July with the Melbourne Guitar Quartet and Andrew Blanch. Read more about this year's tutors here

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Blues & Roots

This stream of Adelaide Guitar Festival’s Winter School focuses on chord progressions, creative song writing and blues guitar techniques culminating in a final performance as part of the Adelaide Guitar Festival. This year's performance will take place with Hussy Hicks and Lecia Louise on 16 July. This immersive and dynamic guitar experience is directed by multi award-winning musician Cal Williams Jr and a team of musically accomplished and highly acclaimed guest tutors. Read more about this year's tutors here

Participation in Adelaide Guitar Festival’s Winter School is now at capacity.
To join the waitlist, please email with your preference of stream (Blues & Roots or Classical).

I loved learning in this group environment, the absolute highlight was performing as part of the Festival Finale. It is such a high level of tuition and performing 2018 Winter School Participant
You learn so much and meet so many new people and learn not only from your tutor but from the other musicians as well, everyone plays music differently so it's always good to see other peoples take 2018 Winter School Participant
I liked how everyone in Winter School had the same passion for guitar. I enjoyed how hard the leaders worked us to get the pieces to almost perfect for the concert. Overall, I would definitely recommend it to other guitarists that would like to be a part of such a big experience. 2018 Winter School Participant

For further information, please contact Andrew Dundon via

The Guitar Winter School program is supported by Office for Ageing Well and Seniors Card and participants aged 60+ are encouraged to use the code SENIORSCARD for a reduced registration fee of $180. The Office for Ageing Well and Seniors Card aim to support and recognise the diversity of older South Australians, combatting ageism by challenging negative stereotypes of older people and supporting them to feel valued, connect meaningfully and contribute to the community in which they live.

Limited centrED equity subsidies are available to primary and secondary students who otherwise may not be able to attend due to financial hardship or distance. Email for more information on how your student can receive this support.

The Guitar Winter School program is supported by Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation. You can support the work of the Foundation in delivering youth and education programs and career development opportunities.