Guitar Orchestra Retreat, Wales, UK. July 23-25, 2021

Hosted by FCTAMusic Charity (#077942).

Enjoy classes, workshops, rehearsals, socialising and plenty of beautiful music making over  3 days. Meet where the world’s best guitar tutoring greets you at your level. The retreat culminates with a Sunday afternoon Showcase Concert and Certificate Awards Ceremony. All participants get to strut their stuff in the closing Guitar Orchestra Performance.


The Guitar Orchestra Retreat Course (GORetreat)  is open to ALL, but is most suitable for young adults, and adults.

  • Due to the personal attention afforded each participant there is a limit on the number of spaces. Early booking advised. 
  • Participation in the full course (over 3 days), from 9h00 to 17h00 daily, includes: the welcome event, morning tea/biscuits and buffet lunches daily, concerts, participation in a specialist master class, observing other master classes, ensemble/orchestral playing twice daily, and participating in the showcase concert and award ceremony, or exclude performing in a  master class and participate in everything else.
  • Observing only is also an option.
  • Evenings are free to practise, socialise and enjoy what Newtown and the Wales countryside has to offer.

APPLY TO: The Artistic Director, Dr. A Kinsey by e-mail: (note it’s a zero after the name),
or CLICK on the BUY NOW to PARTICIPATE BUTTON towards the end of this page.


  • Plas Dolerw 19th Century Manor House

  • Guitar Classes

  • Quaint Newtown

Surrounded by nature so you can immerse yourself in your favourite instrument with other fellow enthusiasts, while treating yourself to peace, tranquility and a whole lot of inspiration. Accommodation is in the quaint , rural village of Newtown, just across the River Severn from Plas Dolerw , where the days guitar activities take place. From B ’n B’s to boutique or luxury hotels there is accommodation to suit most pockets, and the same can be said for the many varied restaurants.

  • Beautiful Welsh Countryside

  • Guitar Orchestra


  • The founding director, Avril Kinsey is resident composer, teacher and conductor for the Guitar Orchestra Retreat. She is an acclaimed classical guitarist having studied with the world’s best, including Parkening, Bonell, Yepes and Bitetti. She has performed in over 15 countries across 4 continents, and won first prize in the Adcock Ingram Classical Guitar Competition. She has recorded 7 albums for Art Music Records, and composed over 35 works for classical guitar, with 5 published music books including her most unique and renowned editions, Guitar Music from Africa, and her guitar concerto Recuerdos de Andalucia. She was awarded her Masters of Music degree cum laude, and obtained a Doctorate of Music in Composition for a 93-minute portfolio of orchestral and chamber guitar works. She gives master classes and lectures at festivals around the world, including one at Julliard in New York, and in 2019 she lectured at the GFA in America. Kinsey was warded an Astris Lifetime Achievement, for her outstanding contribution to music education.

  • Dr. Avril Kinsey
    Artistic Director/Teacher/Composer/Conductor

Avril Kinsey is a master musician of unusual ability.” Classical Guitar Magazine.

Daily events include classes, workshops, rehearsals and concerts

  • Yvonne Bloor


  • Yvonne Bloor Teacher, Performer, Composer

  • Ensemble Work

Yvonne Bloor is an acclaimed performer, both in the UK and abroad, a teacher and a composer with 3 published books of her compositions, which have been described as ‘excellent’ by Classical Guitar Magazine. She teaches both privately and at the University of Leister. She obtained her Master of Music in performance under Craig Ogden, and also pursued studies with Nicola Hall and Michael Lewin of the Royal Academy of Music. She is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music and has a Licentiate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the London College of Music. Her composition, ‘Promise’, is published by Trinity College of Music in the 2016 examination series, while ‘Majesty’, which was composed for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations is included in the Jubilee Time Capsule. Her second CD, ‘Evocation’ released in 2017, features only her own original compositions for solo guitar. Bloor also examines for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Trinity Guildhall.

“Truly beautiful, the playing throughout is excellent. I loved your compositions, a terrific recording.” Graham Wade

  • Director“I highly recommend Avril Kinsey’s teaching. Her depth of knowledge and ability to inspire emotion, passion and artistry is profound. She is adept at providing a solid foundation for the fundamentals of excellent guitar technique.” Andreas van Wyk

    “Avril coached me on every aspect of performing. To have a teacher of Avril’s expertise is a rare and valuable opportunity”. Steven Kukard

  • “Yvonne Bloor ‘s teaching is the ideal mix of technique, musicianship and fun. Her comprehensive teaching style quickly fills gaps in musical knowledge. Her warm approach is excellent for confidence. Now I learn pieces faster playing them more accurately & expressively.” James Trivett

    “ Yvonne is an exciting classical guitarist with the ability to teach with passion, flair and thoughtfulness.” S Blackstock & M Genini


    HOSTING THE EVENT IS FCTAMusic,  a registered cultural charity (#077942) devoted to the cause of music.
    Their mission is to promote musical excellence through education, performance and cultural events.
    The Guitar Orchestra Retreat (GORetreat) will be FCTAMs most prestigious event for 2020. Funds raised from FCTAMs events go towards sponsoring talented, but financially challenged students, and towards their cost of Trinity College of London music exams.

  • Steven Felmore has served on the committee of FCTAM as Chairman for several years. He has steered the charity to great success in several previous events. His passion for music and the guitar has been a lifelong commitment, which saw him complete a recital for his LTCL performers in classical guitar in 2011. Besides music teaching he is an accomplished artist, illustrator and graphic designer. In his early years he performed electric guitar in his own jazz/rock group. He brings a wealth of stylistic and musical knowledge to his role as Assistant Teacher at the Guitar Orchestra Retreat.


BOOKING FOR THE GUITAR ORCHESTRA RETREAT (GORetreat) COURSE is open to ALLbut is most suitable for young adults, and adults. Guitarists younger than 18 may participate, but need permission and require adult accompaniment.
Enquiries to: The Director, Dr. A Kinsey:   (please note it’s a zero after the name

  • FULL PARTICIPANT includes everything plus performing in a master class or PARTICIPATE in everything, but just exclude performing in a master class, or simply OBSERVE everything only.  Costs are £255. for FULL PARTICIPANT  and £225. for PARTICIPANT and OBSERVER
  • INTERNATIONAL participants wanting to do a bank transfer please e-mail: (please note it’s a zero after the name) for details
  • UNITED KINGDOM participants wanting to do a bank transfer please e-mail:  (please note it’s a zero after the name) for details
  • Course withdrawals can be made in writing, but no later than 3 months before the course start date i.e. before April 24th 2020 to ensure a course fee refund, minus any bank charges and a small admin fee.
  • Accommodation is within walking distance and there are some 31 in Newtown, Powys to choose from. Visit: or and book early, or at the same time as you book the course, because, being high season accommodation may get booked out.
  • Getting there details can be found at the end of this page.