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 Getting to grips with

08-14 Sept 2024

Le Pras, Juignac, Charente, France

Join us for a five day retreat at LE PRAS in the beautiful countryside of Southwest France!


The Tutors


Jon Rebbeck


British born saxophonist Jon Rebbeck is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and a founding member of the internationally-acclaimed Apollo Saxophone Quartet. Jon creates music with musicians from a variety of cultures and as musician, educator and composer supports live music projects in the local community and beyond.​

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Andy Scott

United Kingdom

Saxophonist-composer Andy Scott performs internationally with his creative projects (Apollo Sax Quartet, Group S, Duo with Dave Hassell) and as a guest artist/educator. Tutor of Saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music, Andy has designed specialist Sax Days and courses, whilst his many compositions are regularly performed worldwide. Andy endorses Selmer Paris Saxophones & Vandoren and is published by Astute Music. Read more

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About the course

Improvisation is presumed by many musicians to be mysterious and just too difficult, leaving you wondering how, and where, to make a start. Yet Jazz and improvising can be very simple - and that’s where we are going to start on this course.


Joining with other like-minded musicians in the relaxing environment of the French countryside we will explore a range of approaches to improvisation across the musical spectrum.


We adopt a very practical approach; we will introduce simple concepts and techniques to get you started. This course will boost your confidence and improve your existing skills as you unlock the door to a whole new world of creativity


Improvisation across jazz and classical genres has become a big part of both our careers, whether performing, writing or teaching, yet apart from some youth big band experience we were both classically trained, so this is a challenge we can both relate to very much and we look forward to sharing our decades of experience with you.


Although we happen to be saxophonists, don’t let that put you off, This course is open to all instruments and voice!


This course is going to benefit anyone who has an interest in improvising, whether a first time or an intermediate improviser. You will take your improvising to the next level with 5 days of intensive creativity under the guidance of two tutors ensuring a personalised musical experience to maximise your potential and enjoyment.


This course comes with some added features, it goes beyond the 5-day retreat as we will also offer you post-course support through the Music Retreats members area for 1 year following the course; included in the course price!


Only 12 places available, so reserve yours now!


We hope to see you there


Andy & Jon

The Venue

What's Included

5 hours group tuition per day
Post-course online support
En-suite accommodation
All meals and drinks - ALL INCLUSIVE!
Airport/Railway station pick up*

The Price

Single room w/en-suite                     
Shared twin room w/en-suite             
Non-participating partners                
£1200 pp 

£950 pp 
£450 pp 
*Courtesy pick-up from Bordeaux/Bergerac Airport or Angouleme Railway Station once per day. Check-in after 16h00 03/09/23, check out before 10h30 11/09/23. Price includes 6 nights accommodation, all meals and drinks.

An Introduction to Improvisation

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Expand your musical awareness

Unlock the door to a world of creativity

Learn new skills

Boost your confidence

Have fun!

Contact Us

Contact Us

If you have any specific questions about the course, don't hesitate to get in touch!

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Direct seasonal flights are available from UK/Europe to Bordeaux, Bergerac and Limoges. Direct TGV operates from Paris to Angouleme  and direct from Paris CDG Airport. Car Hire is available at all airports and Angouleme Railway Station. Nearest cross-channel ports are Caen and St Malo

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