Piano Pot-Pourri

Southern France


Graham Fitch

hosted by

Penny & Geoff Douglas


Saint Laurent

 14th - 20th July 2020

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 on the Piano Teachers’ Course UK, Britain’s flagship training programme for piano teachers. He is also runs regular piano courses at Jackdaws and Finchcocks, as well as the Summer School for Pianists at Stowe, and his new annual course in Blonay, Switzerland. He also gives workshops for pianists and piano 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

Following on from Graham's highly successful Piano Holiday at Saint Laurent in the summer of 2018, and his Piano Pot-Pourri in the spring of 2019, this new summer course will once again 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.

Numbers will be restricted to 8 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, near Rieux-Volvestre, 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. Saint Laurent regularly hosts professional concerts. There is also a small swimming pool.

Your Hosts – Geoff & Penny

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.

Reviews of the 2019 Piano Pot-Pourri at Saint Laurent

A lovely week, with a perfect combination of beautiful location, excellent hospitality and top-class tuition.

There is nothing I would have changed.

A remarkable week; one in which I have been made to feel at home in the most convivial company imaginable.

This is a magical setting.

Graham’s teaching is quite exceptional, and you could not have chosen a better pianist or teacher.

I am quite overcome by the hospitality extended to me by you and your friends.

Fees (in Euros)

Inclusive of Full Board and all Tuition

A red X indicates that the accommodation is booked

 Participating Partner
Non-Participating Partner
Single Supplement
Apartment 1 Double Bedroom sharing bathroom 1 250 € 850 € 650 € 250 €
  Twin Bedroom sharing bathroom 1 250 € 850 € 650 € 250 €
  Twin Bedroom sharing bathroom 1 250 € 850 € 650 € 250 €
Apartment 2 Ensuite Double bedroom   X 1 400 € 850 € 650 € 250 €
Apartment 4 Double bedroom sharing bathroom   X 1 250 € 850 € 650 € 250 €
Twin bedroom sharing bathroom 1 150 € 850 € 650 € 250 €
Ensuite Ensuite Double bedroom 1 350 € 850 € 650 € 250 €

Saint Laurent


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.

A Typical Day

The programme is flexible and includes other lectures and local outings. Non-participants are welcome to attend all sessions.

08:00  Continental Breakfast

08:45 Warm Ups - Penny

09:15  Performance Class

09:55  Performance Class

10:35 Coffee Break

11:00 Performance Class

11:40 Practice Time - Kawai

12:30  Lunch (Main Meal)

14:00  Break, Relaxation Time, Swimming, Practice Time

(Individual Tuition with Graham available for an additional Fee)

16:30   Tea

17:00   Workshop - Clinic Format

18:30  Bar Opens

19:30  Supper


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.