Adelaide Guitar Festival’s Winter School is a week-long guitar course, which will run 6 – 10 July 2020, provides an opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s finest guitarists in a small, immersive, guitar playing and skills development intensive. 

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.

The Orchestral 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, directed by the incomparable Dr Paul Svoboda, will be on a major stage at the 2020 Adelaide Guitar Festival.

The Blues & Roots 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 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.

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

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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.