Music Courses

The Music Room



New for 2019, following the completion of the Music Room, Simon is now offering intensive music workshops at Gageolle.

From October 2019 to May 2020

Stay in the Farmhouse or Gite and have unlimited access to the Music Room’s Yamaha Grand Piano for private practise. An electronic piano will also be available in your accommodation.

Prices for accommodation with all tuition tailored to suit your requirements.

Gite: Single or a couple. €120 per night, 3 night minimum stay.

Farmhouse: 2 singles or a couple. €170 per night, 3 night minimum stay.

Piano Weekends – for keen amateur pianists. Stay in the Farmhouse or Gite and spend a long weekend (or a few days during the week) on your passion for the piano. Improve your skills in interpretation, technique, performance and how to get the most from your practise. Simon can also advise on piano maintenance and tuning.

Accompaniment for singers and instrumentalists – if you are preparing a performance why not spend a few days at Gageolle with Simon as accompanist to fine tune your performance. All musical styles welcome.

Composition tuition – learn how to construct and develop your music. How to write well for instruments and voices.

Choral Events – Simon organises regular Choral Workshops in the area, come and join us!

Spend your holiday at Gageolle and include a ‘Come and Sing’! All events bring together local English and French choirs and are held in the village of Issigeac with rehearsals in English and French.

For all forthcoming music events see Events Page.

For more information, or to book your musical stay at Gageolle get in touch with Simon on :-

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Simon Kenworthy was educated at the University of Durham, England, where he gained B.A. Hons., Music, and Master of Music degrees.

Whilst at University he was fortunate to be chosen to perform in piano masterclasses with John Ogden, Tamas Ungar, John McCabe and Denis Matthews.

In 1984 he gained a Ralph Vaughan Williams scholarship to study composition with John Casken as a post graduate and had the honour to work with some of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century including Harrison Birtwistle, Witold Lutoslawski and Sir Michael Tippett.


For 18 years he was music director of the legendary Scarborough Spa Orchestra having taken over from the violinist Max Jaffa who in the 1960’s and 70’s had made the Spa Orchestra a household name. With the Spa Orchestra Simon directed more than 2500 concerts with a repertoire including all styles of music from the classics to pop.

During this time he made numerous television appearances, including the BBC 1 series “Coast”, and was a regular on Brian Kay’s Light Programme for BBC Radio 3.

In 2006, at the age of 43, Simon retired to France and now lives near Bergerac in the Dordogne where he spends his time playing the piano, giving concerts and composing music.