Piano Holiday


Graham Fitch

hosted by

Geoff & Penny Douglas


Saint Laurent

 22nd - 28th July 2018

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Graham Fitch, based in London, maintains an international career not only as a pianist, but also as a teacher, adjudicator, examiner, lecturer, writer and commentator on piano playing and musical subjects. His workshops and classes, which he gives all over the world, have received high praise for their creative and illuminating approach to the subject. First Prizewinner in the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, he graduated with honours from the Royal College of Music in London as Hopkinson Gold Medalist. A Fulbright Scholarship then took him to the United States, where he completed his studies with Ann Schein and Nina Svetlanova, as well as participating in regular classes with Leon Fleisher.

Graham is a much sought-after teacher of piano in London. He is a principal tutor for the Piano Teachers’ Course UK, Britain’s flagship training programme for piano teachers. He is also a tutor at Jackdaws and the Summer School for Pianists in Walsall, and gives regular workshops for pianists and teachers in London. He is a regular contributor to Pianist Magazine, with articles on technique, style and performance, as well as producing an ongoing series of video demonstrations on YouTube. Graham was commissioned by Trinity College of Music to write the teaching notes for a series of graded piano pieces, Raise the Bar, and for the new piano syllabus (advanced grades). He teaches privately in South West London, and counts among his students professional pianists, piano teachers, adult amateurs and young musicians. Schedule permitting, Graham’s philosophy is to be available to anyone who wishes to study with him, and who is serious about developing their piano playing.


This course will be centred around the piano, but our aim is to also enjoy what the local area has to offer – its cuisine and wine, as well as the beautiful countryside (there will be the opportunity for walking or resting as desired). Numbers will be restricted to 10 participants, with classes focussed on performance and practising skills. Participants should be of intermediate to advanced level, and will need to bring three pieces from the classical repertoire that they have prepared to a fluent level (memorisation is not required). The daily classes will be conducted in a pleasant, friendly, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. Digital practice pianos will be available. 

Saint Laurent is the venue for this piano holiday. It is situated on 27 hectares (66 acres) of land, with breathtaking views of the countryside and the Pyrenees. The fully refurbished 600 sq metre farmhouse boasts 4 apartments and extensive common space. The apartments at Saint Laurent have kitchens. There is a performance area, which can accommodate up to 60 people, with a Kawai RX2 grand piano. There is also a small swimming pool.

Le Bernet (Google Street View) is 2km away. Perched on one of the slopes of the Volvestre, this former sheepfold awaits you at the end of a small path, and offers another breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside and the Pyrenees. This accommodation has a beautiful swimming pool, and includes a grand piano.


Your Tutor – Graham Fitch

Fees (in Euros)

Inclusive of all tuition, full board, wine with dinner, a restaurant meal and transport between Saint Laurent and Le Bernet.

Per Person

Per Participating Partner

Per Non-participating Partner

Saint Laurent

Apt 1

Double Bedroom sharing bathroom - Booked

1050 €

800 €

500 €



Twin Bedroom sharing bathroom - Booked

1050 €

800 €

500 €


Apt 2

Ensuite Twin bedroom - Booked

1250 €

850 €

500 €


Apt 4

Double bedroom sharing  bathroom - Booked

1050 €

800 €

500 €



Single bedroom sharing bathroom - Booked

1010 €



Le Bernet


2 Ensuite Bedrooms - 1 Booked  

1150 €





4 Bedrooms sharing 2 bathrooms - 2 Booked

950 €



Saint Laurent


There are flights to Toulouse from many UK airports, including London Gatwick (Easyjet), London Heathrow (BA), London Luton (Easyjet), London Southend (Flybe), London Stansted (Ryanair), Birmingham (Flybe) and Bristol (Easyjet). There are also many flights from other European cities.

Travel to and from Toulouse is NOT included. It is strongly recommended that you hire a car. Saint Laurent is 35 minutes by car from Toulouse Blagnac airport. Otherwise, there is a Navette to Toulouse Matabiau Train Station, and trains from there to Carbonne. Taxis can be arranged.


Your Hosts – Geoff & Penny

Le Bernet



Sunday - Meet & Greet

18:30  Pre-dinner Drinks

20:00  Barbecue

Daily Timetable


07:50  Le Bernet Shuttle

08:00  Continental Breakfast

09:10  Relaxation Exercises

09:30  Tuition

11:00  Coffee Break

11:30  Tuition

13:00  Lunch

14:00  Le Bernet Shuttle, Break, Practice Time

16:20  Le Bernet Shuttle

16:30  Tuition

18:30  Pre-dinner Drinks

19:30  Student Recital

20:30  Dinner

22:00  Le Bernet Shuttle

Exceptions to the above:

Monday  19:00 – Graham Fitch Recital

Thursday  12:00 – Lunch in a local restaurant, followed by a free afternoon, and a light supper

Saturday - The Holiday ends after breakfast at 10:00


Why not come with your partner? Why not come earlier and / or stay later? There is so much to discover in this magical part of France. Geoff or Penny can give you a quotation.