Dec The Guitarist

Location Hertfordshire
Starting from £240.00
3 reviews
Location Hertfordshire
Starting from £240.00
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Hailed as "Outstanding" by Classical Guitar Magazine, Declan is a young & friendly classical guitarist boasting a large repertoire of background music and extraordinary showpiece percussive pieces. Immerse your event with an unforgettable array of energy and atmosphere.

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Fresh out of college, Declan is a busy London-based concert guitarist. He graduated with a distinction from London’s Royal College of Music in 2012 after completing a Master’s degree in Performance. Before he could even get his foot out of the door Declan was already in demand around the world to give his unforgettable and highly original concerts. He has performed throughout the world including Brazil, Bermuda, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, the Azures, Tunisia, Namibia, Italy, and France.

Not only is Declan highly experienced and proficient at the standard classical guitar repertoire, which includes jazz standards and folk and pop arrangements, he is also well-known for his selection of percussive guitar 'showpiece' repertoire (of which many pieces he composed himself) and this is a genre that only a small handful of other classical guitarists are currently pursuing.

  • Solo as Standard
  • Guitar/violin duo - past clients including Nokia, Henley-on-Thames, and London's National Gallery. Enquiries for the duo are also welcome.

SOLO REPERTOIRE

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

Baroque/Early:

  • 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 Standards:

  • 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

 

DUO REPERTOIRE

Baroque/Classical

  • 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
, Wedding, Kent
4/5

Excellent and highly talented guitarist.


, Wedding, Leeds
5/5

Dec was fantastic! He really is a talented guitarist and was excellent I couldn't recommend more!!


, Wedding, Hertfordshire
5/5

Dec 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.


  • BBC
  • The Daffodil, Cheltenham
  • Kings Place, London
  • Nokia
  • Mayor of London
  • Olympics
  • Guilfest
  • Henley-on-Thames Festival
  • Holland America Cruise Liners
  • Hop Farm Festival
  • Transport for London
  • Mayfair Hotel
  • London Southbank Centre
  • London Transport Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Patrón
  • P&O Cruise Liners
  • Royal College of Music
  • Silverseas Cruise Liners
  • Victoria & Albert Museum (Norfolk House Music Room)
  • Wayne Hemmingway

Q: How large a room can you provide music for? 
A: I can supply a Bose L1 Model 2 system as part of the booking at no extra cost. This will adequately provide amplification for a room of up to around 400 people.

Q: Can I request specific pieces of music that are not in your repertoire list for my event?
A: Yes. This service comes at a cost of £100 per piece and must be requested 28 days before the event.

Q: Where are you based? 
A: Watford, Hertfordshire.

Q: What is your favourite colour? 
A: Blue. No competition!

 

  • Dec has 7 x 30-minute sets so, allowing for a 5-minute break between sets, this can cater for up to 4 hours of music without repeats.

Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.

North East

Durham £462.00 Northumberland £510.00 North Yorkshire £450.00 South Yorkshire £366.00 Tyne and Wear £480.00 West Yorkshire £402.00 Yorkshire £378.00

North West

Cheshire £390.00 Cumbria £486.00 Manchester £402.00 Lancashire £444.00 Merseyside £408.00

East Midlands

Derbyshire £348.00 Leicestershire £306.00 Lincolnshire £360.00 Northamptonshire £276.00 Nottinghamshire £348.00 Rutland £318.00

East

Cambridgeshire £348.00 Norfolk £402.00 Suffolk £318.00

Wales

Brecon £402.00 Carmarthen £426.00 Glamorgan £372.00 Monmouth £378.00 Pembroke £462.00

West Midlands

Gloucestershire £312.00 Herefordshire £342.00 Shropshire £366.00 Staffordshire £342.00 Warwickshire £300.00 Worcestershire £342.00

South East

Bedfordshire £264.00 Berkshire £282.00 Buckinghamshire £246.00 East Sussex £306.00 Essex £294.00 Hampshire £288.00 Hertfordshire £240.00 Isle of Wight £438.00 Kent £312.00 Oxfordshire £270.00 Surrey £264.00 Sussex £300.00 West Sussex £300.00 London £252.00 Middlesex £252.00

South West

Cornwall £462.00 Devon £438.00 Dorset £342.00 Somerset £360.00 Wiltshire £318.00
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