Review of 2014


I arrive at the end of 2014 with a heavy heart.
When Jenny suddenly died after a very short illness in March, Alice and I were devastated by this tragic loss. We lost a mother, a best friend, a lover, a partner, a confidante, a guide, an ally, a truly beautiful human being. Our world has been completely turned upside down
I am forever indebted to friends and family who helped me complete the workshop programme for 2014, as well the loyalty of those who came on the workshops in the knowledge that tragedy had touched Creative Vacances.
Jenny was so proud of what we had achieved at Creative Vacances. She pushed us forward and was constantly looking for opportunities to progress. The hard work did not deter her. She loved the music, the tutors, the visitors. She loved sharing our home with them all.
With all this in mind, I have resolved to continue with Creative Vacances. I share all the things that made Creative Vacances so important to Jenny. I want to continue in her memory. I know she would approve.
This video should give a flavor of the pleasure and the pain of 2014.The beautiful song is by Kevin Dempsey who wrote and performed it at La Moreau. It was a particular favourite of Jenny’s.
So check out for the workshop programme for 2015, and I look forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones in the coming year.
A peaceful healthy 2015 to one and all XX

New tutor for Fiddle and Guitar workshop

Joe Broughton is unable to join us for his annual fiddle and guitar workshop with Kev fiddle and guitar workshop 2013Dempsey this year 22-28 June.

We are delighted to announce that Pete Cooper director of the London Fiddle School will be running the  workshop with Kev Dempsey.


As Joe says    ”Pete Cooper is one of the most experienced and entertaining teachers I Pete Cooperhave ever met and he will be leading you through a fun packed week of workshops”

Pete Cooper plays, teaches, composes, records and writes about fiddle music and is director of the London Fiddle School. He is best known for his tutorial book/CD
The Complete Irish Fiddle Player (1995), published by Mel Bay, and five collections for Schott: Irish Fiddle Solos (2004), English Fiddle Tunes (2006), Eastern European Fiddle New Fiddle Tunes

He brings a relaxed, good-humoured approach to his workshops and concerts alike, and also sings, backing himself on fiddle or mandolin. He performs with Rattle on the Stovepipe and with cello and guitar player Richard Bolton.
‘A one-man fiddle inspiration industry… one of the leading behind-the-scenes activists’ – fRoots, 2006.

This workshop is one of our most popular of the year and places are limited. There are a couple of places still available so if you are interested in joining us for what is always a fantastic week we advise booking early. For full details

Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat sells out in hours.

Creative Vacances are very proud to be hosting Martin Taylors’ first guitar retreat in Martin Taylor MBE, Guitar RetreatFrance.

Martin Taylor needs no introduction as one of the foremost guitarists in the world. He has over a million people following his on line lessons and so it was no surprise that the retreat scheduled for 14-20 September was a complete sell out in a couple of hours with a long list a disappointed Martin Taylor fans.

New Songwriting Workshop

Reg Meuross- songrwriting workshopWe are  delighted to announce that Reg Meuross will be running a songwriting workshop here at Creative Vacances  15-20 September

Described as “one of the finest singer songwriters this country has produced” by Mike Harding at the Royal Albert Hall, this is a rare opportunity to spend four days with Reg in the delightful surroundings of La Moreau. If ever there was a place to be inspired then it has to be here.

Places are limited so don’t delay to  book your place and push your songwriting skills to the next level.

Singing Workshop Holiday

singing workshopThere are just a few places left on our Singing Workshop Holiday with Chris Rowbury   15-21 September.

Chris Rowbury is one of the most popular singing tutors in the Uk with sell out workshops. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend the week with Chris singing but also enjoying a fantastic holiday in rural France.

During the week you will learn songs from a wide range of traditions across the globe. There willbe two seesions of two hours eachday leaving plenty of time to swim, walk or generally chill out.

  • Lean to get the best out of your voice
  • get feedback on your singing
  • work on your breathing
  • extend your vocal range
  • improve your harmony singing
  • explore different vocal qualities

The fee for the week is just £575- this covers 20 hours of tuition, accommodation, full board- 2 course lunches and 4 course evening meals and tranfer to and from the airport making it one of the best value workshops around.

check out the website page for full détails


Cognac Blues Festival dates

The dates for the Cognac Blues Festival have been announced as  2-7 July 2013.

These dates coincide with our Fingertsyle Guitar Workshop  (30 June – 6 July) with renown guitarist Peppino D’Agostino. Last year we all went in a couple  of times to the AgostinoFestival and enjoyed some great music in the sunshine. There is no doubt that we will go in again on the Wednesday afternoon which is free time.

Not all the acts have been announced but some of the headliners are Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite, Beth Hart and Sinead O’Connor.

We have been going to the Cognac Blues Festival for the last 10 years and so it is always a great pleasure when it coincides with a workshop and we can take the students in to enjoy some live music . Yet another good reason to book on our Fingerstyle Workshop with Peppino D’Agostino.

New tutor for Electric Blues Guitar Workshop holiday

Building on the success of previous years, and by popular request, we are excited to announce that  this year we will be running a

           Blues Band Experience Workshop,
                     14-20 July 2013

with renown blues guitarist

                       Eddie Martin.

There is no better way to push your playing to the next level than spending the week learning and playing with a true blues musicianeddie martin.

Eddie Martin has been described as « the most remarkable blues man of his generation » by Blues in Britain and as « the Ambassador of British Blues ». He has invested most of his life in studying and contributing to the blues legacy and is in great demand not just as a performer but as an accomplished blues guitar teacher.

We are delighted that Eddie has agreed to join us this year.

Immerse yourself in wall to wall blues, learning, playing and jamming with other enthusiasts on our great value music workshop holiday.

« whether it be cool acoustic blues or in -your -face electric blues, Eddie Martin knows his chops……excellent » Guitar Magazine

Don’t miss the chance to have a fantastic week in France with Eddie Martin at Creative Vacances

Write it! Sing it! Play it! with Diane Ponzio

A rare opportunity to spend a week with singer, songwriter and guitarist

                       Diane PonzioDiane Ponzio

All fans of Diane know that she is based in New York and rarely runs workshops in Europe.

Last year Diane came to Creative Vacances in France and ran a hugely successful

                 Write it!-sing it!- play it! workshop.

We are delighted that she has agreed to come back again this year. 15-21 May.Diane Ponzio workshop

Anyone who knows Diane won’t be surprised that she created a great buzz last year. The students arrived with no ideas about a song and left having written,arranged, played and sung their own composition. No mean feat in just a week and all credit to Dianes indominatable energy and enthuisiasm.

This year promises to be just as exciting. So if you have dreamed of writing the lyrics Diane Ponzio singing tutorialfor and composing a song, then this workshop is for you.

Diane will also run a session every morning giving you the confidence and skills to sing your song in tune!

Diane prefers to work with a small group and so numbers are limited to 8 so if you have always dreamed of writing your very own song and are looking for inspiration and encouragement check out our web site.

You won’t be disappointed and you can gurarantee you will go home proud of what you have achieved, while enjoying yourself on a relaxed and supportive music holiday.

Jazz and Saxophone Workshops In France


A great opportunity to spend a week playing and learning the saxophone in the sun in South West France

Andy Scott will be running, for the fourth consecutive year, his very successful DSC02497Saxophone Workshop 5-11 May here at Creative Vacances. Andy has a great reputation as a composer, musician and educator,  Don’t miss this chance to spend a relaxed week working with Andy, culminating in a public concert on the last night.


Sunflowers and WeatherOur Jazz Workshop with Mike Hall, 26 May-1 Juneis one of our most popular workshops. Mikes’ workshop will have a full rhythm section- no backing tracks here! All instruments are welcome The majority are saxophones and it makes for a wonderful opportunity to spend a week working in a band, playing and learning jazz techniques and improvisation .

Our workshops are small- maximum of 15 people giving the opportunity for individual attention and a chance to really explore and extend playing your saxophone.

With limited places it is advisable to book early.

Check out our website for full details:


Great deal on Acoustic Workshop

Banish those winter blues

Who isn’t fed up with the non stop rain and snow in the UK this winter ?

Although we can’t guarantee the weather we can guarantee that you will have a great holiday on our Acoustic Guitar Workshop with Brook Williams.  Hot on the heels of his American tour, Brooks will bring a taste of ‘Americana’ to La Moreau 21-27 April, giving you the chance to learn some of your favorite classics.

One of the best value music holidays around is now even better value if you book before 14 February

            • NO single room supplement

            • Take advantage of the great value flights with Ryan Air at the moment . Flights from Stanstead are Sunday to Sunday and from East Midlands Saturday- Saturday,
            • The extra days accommodation and full board are FREE

            •  A saving of £170

Treat yourself to a great week in France, enjoying great food, wine and ambiance  while learning and playing guitar with this great performer and teacher.

Everyone needs something to look forward to at this time of year !

Check out the website www,creativevacances,com for full details and don’t miss the chance of this great one off deal.