"The best gypsy jazz guitarist in the world!"  Le Quecumbar - London (on Paulus Schäfer)
Enrol today for a dream weekend of workshops, masterclasses, jamming and world class concerts lead by legendary Belgian gypsy jazz guitarist Fapy Lafertin, considered to be the "godfather of modern gypsy jazz" and Paulus Schäfer, one of the worlds leading contemporary gypsy players.

The mission of the retreat is to move your playing on leaps and bounds, whatever your playing level. Learn first hand from Paulus Schäfer, Fapy Lafertin, Chris Quinn - regular rhythm guitarist for Robin Nolan, Stochelo Rosenberg, Mozes Rosenberg and Paulus Schäfer; as well as John Wheatcroft, well known as columnist for guitar techniques and guitarist magazines and currently as the head of guitar at BIMM London! This year we also are inviting violinists to attend the weekend for a course lead by leading Dutch gypsy jazz violinist Christiaan Van Hemert of Rosenberg Academy fame.

Receive expert tuition and insider tips and tricks on how to improve all aspects of your playing.  Learn the gypsy chord shapes, the rhythm styles, scales, improvisation techniques and ideas,  practice  methods  and take part in jams and group performances. There's also the option to perform at a relaxed Sunday night student concert with the tutors!

Intimate group sessions are fun and relaxed, we expect a wide range of abilities from near beginners to more advanced players; everyone is welcome. At times students will be split into groups depending on ability. Tutors will be on hand giving one on one coaching throughout the weekend. 

The 2020 retreat takes place at one the Lion Hotel, one of Shrewsbury's best known hotels with different rooms for learning and a huge beautiful ballroom for the evening festival concerts, retreat attendees will gain reserved front row seating.