Guitarfest course details


Come and enjoy spending an exciting weekend in an area of outstanding natural beauty, meeting and playing with other guitarists, classes with top professional players and teachers, concerts and playing opportunities all in a friendly, fun, relaxed environment.


This is suitable to attend as a single person or with a partner or friends. It is open to all ages from 18 years upwards. There will be plenty of socialising including enjoying sea view evening meals together. In the breaks there will be people to relax with or a chance to have time to yourself. The ensemble music will be arranged to suit all levels and music will be sent out in advance. If you wish to play in the master class, please email Alison asap (all course members will observe, enjoy and learn from the master class but places will be limited to play).

The classes and concerts will take place in the pretty historic twin fishing villages of Cawsand and Kingsand, an artist's paradise. One of the concert venues is by the rocks on the water's edge and the master class venue overhangs the sea and has a balcony for the coffee break! All the venues are in easy walking distance from each other. The sea and beaches ,with excellent bathing water, are easily accessible as are cafes, pubs, shops & galleries.

The course begins on Friday 6th September at 1.30pm with a delicious arrival Cornish afternoon tea. The first class will start at 3pm. The last class will finish at 5pm on Sunday 8th September to allow people time to travel home) and will include an informal play through of ensemble music covered on the course. 

If anyone would like to extend their stay, Alison will be around on Monday and there will be lots on offer such as stunning coastal walks, surfing lessons with Adventure Bay Surf school, paddle boarding ,Kayaking, coasteering, chilling on one of the beaches, Segways in Mount Edgcumbe Park or exploring it's 835 acres, house, formal gardens, National Camellia collection, craft shops, visit St Antony House, a National Trust property used as a film set for Tim Barton's film Alice in Wonderland, a boat trip to Plymouth's historic Barbican, sea front and National Marie Aquarium, fishing, golf and much more!

Cost : £345

To book your place an  £80 deposit is required. The balance is due by 5th July

In the unlikely event we have to cancel due to covid restrictions, any money paid will be refunded.

Please take out holiday insurance to cover your own cancellation.

Whats included

3 professional concerts :

Craig Ogden, Friday evening, Alison smith, Saturday after lunch, Vida Guitar Quartet Saturday evening.

Ensemble classes with Alison Smith . William Lovelady is arranging one of his compositions specially for the course ensemble to play over the weekend as one of the repertoire pieces.

Workshop with Amanda Cook and Mark Ashford (from the Vida Quartet)

Master class with Craig Ogden

A workshop addressing performance anxiety with Craig Ogden, Mark Eden  & Chris Stell (Vida Quartet) 

Informal playing opportunities

Delicious arrival Cornish afternoon tea in the iconic historic Grade 2 listed clock tower overhanging the sea.

Friday and Saturday evenings, pre concert dinner at The Bay Bar/Restaurant, an excellent local eatery with idyllic views overlooking Cawsand beach (drinks not included)

All coffee/tea, cakes and biscuits in the breaks

 What's not included:

Accomodation (plenty of options, see list also ask me if you need any help)

Breakfast and lunch (plenty of friendly cafes, shops, pubs)


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About Guitarfest

Cawsand Bay Guitarfest an exciting classical guitar weekend by the sea, on the stunning Rame Peninsula, with Craig Ogden, Vida Guitar Quartet & Alison Smith.

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Cawsand and Ramehead - Cornwall