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Declan - Solo Guitar

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With a keen passion for the classical guitar and an extremely easy-going and friendly personality, Declan will provide your event with an unforgettable array of music.

Declan graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music in summer 2012 after completing the Master of Performance programme. He has since gone on to travel the world, giving concerts in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Turkey, and Bermuda. A recent career highlight was giving a concert in his Spanish hometown Andrés Segovia, where he gave numerous encores.

His unique style of playing - performing and composing repertoire that fuses traditional methods of classical technique with the recently innovated ‘percussive finger style’ technique – has seen him gain international acclaim.

Esteemed members of the classical and percussive finger style guitar communities, including Newton Faulkner, Thomas Leeb, Jon Gomm, Bridget Mermikides, and Milton Mermikides, championed Declan through their social media sites and aided in this success.

Declan was born into a musical family in Watford, England, in 1985. Throughout his childhood Declan dedicated himself to a diverse array of musical pursuits, including mastering the drums, saxophone, keyboard, and steel drums, and later exploring the art of classical sound recording.

Throughout all these pursuits he always maintained a close relationship with the classical guitar. He was taught for over 10 years at Watford School of Music by the classical guitarist Lee Sollory and, at the end of his time there, was awarded the Senior Guitar Prize in 2004.As previously mentioned Declan studied at the Royal College of Music, but prior to this he pursued a long-held interest in classical sound engineering alongside his studies of the classical guitar at the University of Surrey, and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Music & Sound Recording from the internationally acclaimed Tonmeister(TM) course. During his time there he worked and received credits on albums with Pink, Lang Lang, Katherine Jenkins, Elin Manahan Thomas, the Swingle Singers, Shlomo Minz, and every major UK orchestra. As a guitarist, during his time at the University he studied the classical guitar with Richard Wright and guitarist/composer Professor Stephen Goss, and gained recognition for his compositions and recordings centred around the classical guitar.

He got through to the final of UniS's Joyce Dixey Competition in 2006 where he received Special Commendation for a concerto he composed for guitar trio and string ensemble, and was awarded the prestigious AMS/Neve Prize for Most Natural Sounding Recording by the University when he graduated in 2008. Declan has since gone on to win a number of other prizes including First Prize in Backline(TM)'s 'The Big One 2010' in Guildford, and Third Prize in Rhythm of London 2011.

A fantastic musician who will give a unique twist to any event, sure to go down well with any audience and a must have for your function/event.
Spanish/South American:-
Asturias (Leyanda) - I. Albéniz
Homenaje pour le Tombeau de Calude Debussy - M. de Falla
Millers Dances - M. de Falla
Capricho Árabe – F. Tarrega
Gran Vals - F. Tarrega
A Day in November - L. Brouwer
Deux Airs Populaires - L. Brouwer
Deux Themes Populaires Cubains - L. Brouwer
Felicidade - A.C. Jobim
Paçoca (choro) – C. Machado
Piazza Vittorio (Choro Maxixe) – C. Machado
Sambossa (Bossa Nova) – C. Machado
Dansa Brasilera - J. Morel
Sons de Carrilhoes (The Sound of Bells) - J. Pernambuco
Cinq Preludes - H. Villa-lobos
Popular Classical Arrangements:-
Clair de Lune - C. Debussy
La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin - C. Debussy
Gabriel's Oboe (from 'The Mission') - E. Morricone
Canon in D major - J. Pachelbel
Gnossienne No.1 - E. Satie
Ave Maria - F. Schubert
Air on a G String - J.S. Bach
Cello suite No.1 (BWV 1007) - J.S. Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach
Lute Suite in E minor (BWV 996) - J.S. Bach
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro (BWV998) – J.S. Bach
A Fancy - J. Dowland
Hope Forlorn Fancy - J. Dowland
Sonata L.332 - D. Scarlatti
20th Century Concert Repertoire:-
Six Balkan Miniatures - D. Bogdanovic
Koyunbaba - C. Domeniconi
Hommage a Villa-lobos - R. Dyens
Songe Capricorne - R. Dyens
Albino - T. Leeb
Sonatina Meridional - M. M. Ponce
Angel – E. Roche
The Per-U-Lator - E. Roche
Roundabout - E. Roche
Impromptus - Sir R. Rodney-Bennet
Scenes from the Wild West - G. Ryan
All in Twilight - T. Takemitsu
Sonata ("Omaggio a Boccherini") - M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Popular Folk/Jazz Arrangents:-
Down by the Sally Gardens – Trad. Irish
She Moved Through the Fair - P. Colum & H. Hughes
All you Need is Love - The Beatles
Wonderful Tonight - E. Clapton
Solid as a Rock – E. Fitzgerald
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room - J. Meyer
Three Times a Lady - L. Richie
They Can’t Take That Away from Me – G. Gershwin
Fly Me to the Moon - B. Howard
Air on a G String - J.S. Bach
Ave Maria - J.S. Bach
Be Thou With Me - J.S. Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - J.S. Bach
Piano Concerto in F Minor (2nd Movement) - J.S. Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze - J.S. Bach
Sinfonia (from Christmas Oratorio) - J.S. Bach
Minuet (from String Quintet) - L. Boccherini
Prince of Denmark’s March - J. Clarke
Trumpet Tune - J. Clarke
Pavane - G. Fauré
Panis Angelicus (O Lord Most Holy) - C. Franck
Caro mio Ben - G. Giordani
Processional (from Royal Fireworks Music) - G.F. Handel
Processional (from St. Anthony’s Chorale) - J. Haydn
Intermezzo (from Cavalleria Rusticana) - P. Mascagni
Wedding March - F. Mendelssohn
Rondeau - J-J. Mouret
Ave Verum Corpus - W.A. Mozart
Laudate Dominum - W.A. Mozart
Canon in D - J. Pachelbel
Pavane for a Dead Princess - M. Ravel
Ave Maria - F. Schubert
Waltz of the Flowers (from Nutcracker) - P.I. Tchaikovsky
Bridal Chorus - R. Wagner
Latin / South American
Tico Tico - Z. de Abreu
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas - O. Farrés
Luna Lunera - T. Fergo
Y Bolero - M. de Jesus
El Dia Que Me Quieras - C. Gardel
Agua E Vinho - E. Gismonti
Paçoca (choro) - C. Machado
Piazza Vittorio (Choro Maxixe) - C. Machado
Sambossa (Bossa Nova) - C. Machado
Evocation - J.L. Merlin
La Cumparsita - H. Pagano
Chiquilin de Bachin - Astor Piazzolla
Sway Quien Sera - P.B. Ruiz
Pablo the Dreamer (Adios Muchachos) - J. Sanders
The Peanut Vendor - M. Simons
El Condor Pasa - Traditional Peruvian
Cielito Lindo - Traditional Mexican
La Bamba - Traditional Mexican
La Cucaracha - Traditional Mexican
Estes Indiferente - Nevaldo Veranes
El Choclo - Á. Villoldo
Standards / Show Pieces
Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson
Spanish Harlem - J. Leiber & P. Spector
All of Me - S. Simons & G. Monks
More - R. Ortolani & N. Oliviero
In a Little Spanish Town - M. Wayne
Fiesta - Leonard Whitcup
Popular/Folk Arrangements
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Down by the Sally Gardens - Trad. Irish
She Moved Through the Fair - P. Colum & H. Hughes
All you Need is Love - The Beatles
Wonderful Tonight - E. Clapton
Solid as a Rock - E. Fitzgerald
Heartbeats - J. Gonzalez
Yesterday - J. Lennon & P. McCartney
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room - J. Meyer
Three Times a Lady - L. Richie
They Can’t Take That Away from Me - G. Gershwin
Fly Me to the Moon - B. Howard


1 x 60 mins, 2 x 60 mins or 3 x 60 mins performances


UK Nationwide & Worldwide
Kings Place
Mayor of London
Henley-on-Thames Festival
Hop Farm Festival
Transport for London
Mayfair Hotel
London Southbank Centre
London Transport Museum
National Gallery
P&O Cruise Liners
Royal College of Music
Victoria & Albert Museum (Norfolk House Music Room)
Wayne Hemmingway
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Reviews of Declan - Solo Guitar


    Declan is such a find! He played at the church, drinks reception and dinner for our wedding at the end of July. He is gobsmackingly excellent and we loved to see family members just standing and staring at him play. He is also such a lovely person and got a huge cheer from our guests when he came to say goodbye before setting off. He added to the atmosphere of the wedding and learned a new song for us without hesitation. We wholeheartedly recommend him.


    We can't recommend Declan highly enough. He was a lovely bloke, an incredible talent and played beautifully at our wedding. Thanks so much Declan and all the best for the future!


    Declan recently performed at my wedding at extremely short notice. He is a very competent musician and has a varied repertoire. I can definitely recommend him. You won't be disappointed


    Brilliant musician and a real professional, thank you Declan for a great performance at our wedding. I highly recommend him.


    Great music. Declan played for 4 hours at my wife's 40th birthday. Everyone raved about it. Fantastic background music.

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