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Classical Guitarist London (JP) ID173

Styles Classical / Spanish • Jazz

Counties Bedfordshire • Buckinghamshire • Cambridgeshire • East Sussex • Greater London • Hampshire • Hertfordshire • Kent • Suffolk • Surrey

Biography

A tremendously versatile guitarist and composer, this Classical Guitarist is equally at home performing music from the classical guitar repertoire, playing Brazilian music, jazz, avant-garde chamber music or baroque concertos.
As soloist and as an ensemble guitarist he has performed at venues throughout the UK, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James' Piccadilly, the Barbican Centre, Cheltenham Town Hall and Oxford's Holywell Music Room. Festival performances have included Bath International Guitar Festival, Ludlow Festival, Hebden Bridge Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.
In addition to the groups and ensembles of which he is a regular member, he has also performed with, amongst others, saxophonist Rob Hall, sitarist Dharambir Singh, music-theatre company the Clod Ensemble, baroque orchestra the Georgian Camerata and British Youth Opera.

He is also active as a guitar teacher, working for the Da Capo Music School and Lambeth College in London, and for Hertfordshire Music Service at Watford School of Music. His teaching activities have also included leading workshops, conducting ensembles and composing numerous pieces for the student repertoire, and in 2001 he was a member of the teaching staff of the Bath International Guitar Festival.
He is a graduate of the City of Leeds College of Music (GCLCM - Jazz, Contemporary and Popular Music) and of Trinity College of Music (University of London MMus - Performance and Related Studies).

Having studied the piano from an early age, and later both classical and electric guitar, he began his undergraduate studies at Leeds as an electric guitarist. Influenced strongly by guitarists Ralph Towner and Egberto Gismonti, he became fascinated by the possibility of using the classical instrument and its technique for playing improvised music and elected to transfer to study classical guitar. For the remainder of the diploma course he studied under the College's classical guitar professor Dr Graham Wade, the Segovia scholar and biographer of Rodrigo.

While at Leeds he also studied North Indian classical music for a time with highly respected sitarist Dharambir Singh. He graduated in 1993 with prizes for guitar performance and composition, and was awarded the Ricordi prize for musicianship in 1992 and 1993.
Having studied the classical guitar in the context of a jazz diploma course, he now felt the need to spend some further time specializing in classical repertoire, and decided to move to London in order to study at Trinity College of Music with guitarist and composer Gilbert Biberian. Biberian's own music frequently combines a rigorous classical approach with Turkish and other Middle Eastern traditional influences, and was a source of much inspiration in attempting to comprehend a varied musical background.

In 1994 he graduated from Trinity with the University of London's Masters' Degree and was also awarded that year's chamber music prize.

SAMPLE REPERTOIRE

Popular Songs
A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procul Harum
As - Stevie Wonder
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Fields Of Gold - Sting
Fool On The Hill - Beatles
For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Here, There and Everywhere - Beatles
I Have A Dream - ABBA
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye 
I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
If Not For You - Bob Dylan
Imagine - Beatles
Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
Let It Be - Beatles
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan (Adele)
Mamma Mia - ABBA
Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
Nowhere Man - Beatles
Rule The World - Take That
She's Always A Woman - Billy Joel
Slipping Through My Fingers - ABBA
Something - Beatles
Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
That's Amore - Dean Martin
When I'm 64 - Beatles
Your Song - Elton John
You're Still The One - Shania Twain
You've Got A Friend - Carole King/James Taylor

Classical
Raindrop Prelude - Chopin
Cadiz from Suite Española - Albeniz
Canon In D - Pachelbel
Flower Duet from Lakme - Delibes
Gran Vals (Nokia theme) - Tarrega
Granada from Suite Española - Albeniz
Habanera from Carmen - Bizet
Lagrima - Tarrega
Lascia ch'io pianga - Handel
Mallorca - Albeniz
Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Tarrega
Seville from Suite Española - Albeniz
Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba - Handel
The Girl With The Flaxen Hair - Debussy
Concerto de Aranjuez - Rodrigo
Toreador's Song from Carmen - Bizet

Film and Musicals
All I Ask Of You - Phantom Of The Opera
Cavatina - The Deer Hunter
I Dreamed A Dream - Les Miserables
Memory - Cats
On The Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady
Over The Rainbow - Wizard Of Oz
Pelagia's Song - Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Pure Imagination - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Sigh No More - Much Ado About Nothing
Somewhere - West Side Story
Speak Softly Love - The Godfather
Sunrise, Sunset - Fiddler On The Roof
Theme - Schindler's List
Theme - The Godfather
Various ABBA - see Popular Songs
Mamma Mia - ABBA 
When She Loved Me - ABBA 
Toy Story - You've Got A Friend In Me (Main Theme)

Jazz and Latin
Brazil - Samba
But Not For Me - Jazz
Come Rain Or Come Shine - Jazz
Corcovado (Quiet Nights) - Bossa Nova
Dos Gardenias - Bolero
East Of The Sun - Jazz
El Choclo - Tango
Embraceable You - Jazz
Girl From Ipanema - Bossa Nova
Mas Que Nada - Samba
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps - Bolero
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Jazz
Take 5 - Jazz
The Way You Look Tonight - Jazz
Wave - Bossa Nova

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