Styles Classical / Spanish
Counties Derbyshire • Leicestershire • Lincolnshire • Nottinghamshire • South Yorkshire • Staffordshire
This Derbyshire Classical Guitarist is well known among musicians and audiences for his innovative, exciting programs and sensitive musical playing.
He studied at Leeds College of Music where he won the prize for Classical Guitar and graduated with first class honours in 2001. Since then he has established himself as a much sort after performer and teacher.
He plays regularly as a soloist, but can also be booked with his guitar and flute duo Click Here for more details.
He has studied with Luigi Palumbo, Nicola Hall and Simon Dinnigan and currently studies with the Pianist and Conductor George Hadjinikos and Classical Guitarist Mark Ashford. He has also played in masterclasses with Paul Galbraith, Allan Neave, David Leisner, Michael Partington, Nikita Koshkin amongst many others.
Reviews have praised his "careful attention to the dynamics.....wonderful versatility and perfectly loving rapport between him and his instrument" with statements such as ".....awesome and flawless - what a feast"
He plays a wide range of music from traditional classical guitar repertoire such as Bach, Villa Lobos, Ponce and Tarrega to modern works by Rawsthorne, Harrison, Henze, Britten and Brouwer. These are interspersed with his own compositions that often prove very popular with his audience.
He is passionate about a vast array of syles and pieces ranging from transcriptions of Lute Music by John Dowland and J.S. Bach to the Keyboard Sonatas of Scarlatti to more modern pieces by Leo Brouwer, William Walton, Allan Rawsthorne, Lou Harrison and Yocoh. He also enjoys the hispanic repertoire of Granados, Albeniz, Ponce and De Falla.
His recitals are an eclectic mix of styles and sound worlds with music from Tibet, Japan, Europe and America displaying the many techniques colours and timbres of the Classical Guitar with sensitivity and deep musicality.
"His wide range of repertoire, virtuosity, and beautiful musical control of his instrument enthralled the audience, who were quick to demand his return to the series the following year!" - Peter Siepman, St. Peters Church Nottingham
His own work stands proudly beside the work of Villa Lobos, John Dowland and William Walton whose work he presented with technical mastery and compelling musicality........Anyone who is after a true Festival experience should sample the work of this young man......AN ABSOLUTE MUST !!! - Malcom Fraser, Review of Buxton Solo Guitar Recital.
"Melbourne Festival welcomed him back for the third year running and, as always, he delighted the sell out crowd with inspirational, sensitive playing. There were old favourites and new material, which demonstrated how he continues to improve and grow as a guitarist of rare and exciting talent. His diffident charm contributed towards the atmosphere of quiet genius making it truly a night to remember". - Stef Hill Concert Promoter, Melbourne Festival.
"....careful attention to the dynamics.....wonderful versatility and perfectly loving rapport between him and his instrument......This recital will be remembered for a long time by all those who were privileged to hear this young musician." - Dr Rodger Kendall. Review of New Mills Recital
Renaissance and Baroque Music
(Good for Ceremonial Occasions or period venues etc )
Dowland - Selection of pieces
Bach - Air on a G String
Bach - Gavotte and Minuets from the E major Lute Suite
Bach - Allemande and Bouree from E minor Lute suite
Bach - Sarabande from violin partita no.2
Scarlatti - A selection of Sonatas
Santiago de Murcia - Allegro
Frescobaldi - Aria and Variations
De Vise - Minuet
Pieces from the Classical Era
Carulli - Barcarolla
Sor - Selection of Studies
Sor - Variations on a Theme by Mozart
Carcassi - Etudes
Giuliani - Etudes
Tarrega - Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Tarrega - Adelita
Tarrega - Maria
Tarrega - Lagrima
Tarrega - Marieta
Anon. - Spanish Ballad
Albinez - Sevilla
Albinez - Granada
Granados - Andalucia
Selection from Valses Poeticos
Latin American Pieces and Tangos
Pizzolla - Verano Portento
Klenjans - Petit Air d Argentine
VL Clark - Tango Esta Noche
Lauro - Suite Venezuela
Lauro - 4 VenezualanWaltzes
Lauro - La Gatica
Lauro - El Negrito
Machado - Pacoca (choro)
Villa Lobos - Preludes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Villa Lobos - Etude 1
Barrios - Vals op 8 no 4
Barrios - Vals op 8 no 3
Barrios - Julia Florida
Ben Verdery - Baio Paara Ben
Traditional Irish Pieces
Arr. Verdery - Betty O’Brian
Here Comes The Sun
Here There and Everywhere
And I Love Her
The Fool on the Hill
If I fell
Light Pieces in a Modern Style
Jonathan Priess - Cloud 9
Brouwer - A Day in November
Light Jazz Standards
Lullaby of Birdland
Girl from Ipanema
I Got Rhythm
Fly Me to The Moon