Piano Pot-Pourri in France


Graham Fitch

hosted by

Penny & Geoff Douglas


Saint Laurent

 1st - 8th May 2019

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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.

Graham 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 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. 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.  More

Your Tutor – Graham Fitch

The 2018 Piano Holiday at Saint Laurent

Nice opportunity to meet other wonderful fellow pianists. Thank you.

Piano tuition was exceptional.

Working with other musicians was the Icing on the Cake.

The setting is marvellous; the meals delicious.

Incredible welcome, warm atmosphere.

Really enjoyed the hospitality and Graham's teaching.

Following on from Graham's highly successful Piano Holiday at Saint Laurent last summer, this new Spring Course will still be centred around the piano, but will now include master classes, workshops, individual tuition, a student concert and opportunities to play duets. In addition, Graham will entertain us with a short lecture recital.

This time, we will enjoy the unique Rieux-Volvestre festival, Papogay.

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 Pot-Pourri. 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 Pleyel grand piano.

Your Hosts

Geoff is a Specialist Physician, Penny a Chartered Physiotherapist. They both trained in England. After more than 35 years work in Africa, they decided to retire to the south of France. In Swaziland, they founded a managed health care organisation that grew to fourteen clinics. They also owned a small farm, with a mango orchard and beef cattle. Geoff and Penny now live at Saint Laurent, where they practise permaculture. Penny’s great love is music. She devotes many hours to playing the piano, and considers herself a serious amateur. As a holistic practitioner, Geoff has developed his interest and awareness of the significant role nutrition can and should play in health. They both share a core belief in the importance of building community.

Your Hosts – Geoff & Penny

Fees (in Euros)

Inclusive of all tuition, full board and transport between Saint Laurent and Le Bernet (see timetable).

Per Person

Per Participating Partner

Per Non-Participating Partner

Single Person   Supplement

Saint Laurent Apt 1 Double Bedroom sharing bathroom - Booked

1200 €

850 €

550 €

250 €

Twin Bedroom sharing bathroom

1200 €

850 €

550 €

250 €

Apt 2 Ensuite Twin bedroom - Booked

1350 €

900 €

550 €

250 €

Apt 4 Double bedroom sharing bathroom

1200 €

850 €

550 €

250 €

Single bedroom sharing bathroom

1150 €

Ensuite Twin bedroom - Booked      1350 €        900 €         550 €        250 €

Saint Laurent

Le Bernet


There are flights to Toulouse from many UK airports, including London Gatwick (Easyjet), London Heathrow (BA), London Luton (Easyjet), London Stansted (Ryanair), Bristol (Easyjet), Aberdeen (Flybe) and Manchester (Flybe). 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.


Wednesday - 1 May - Meet & Greet

18:30  Pre-dinner Drinks - Gratis

19:00  Barbecue - Weather Permitting

Daily Timetable

07:50  Le Bernet Shuttle

08:00  Continental Breakfast

09:00  Exercises - with Penny

09:30  Master Class

11:00  Coffee Break

11:20  Master Class

13:00  Lunch (Main Meal)

14:00  Le Bernet Shuttle

14:00  Break, Practice Time, Individual Tuition with Graham

16:00  Le Bernet Shuttle

16:15   Workshop - Clinic Format

19:00  Bar Opens

19:30  Supper

21:30  Le Bernet Shuttle

Exceptions to the above:

Sunday - Free to Enjoy Papogay

Sunday Evening - Student Recital

Wednesday - 8th - The Pot-Pourri ends after breakfast at 9:30


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.