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DZ Guitar

Based in Hertfordshire, DZ Guitar has over half a decade of professional experience and has been busy establishing himself worldwide as a leading figure in crossover percussive/classical guitar.

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Set List / Repertoire

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. Bocherini
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

Jazz Standards
All of Me - Seymour Simons & Gerald Marks
Almost Like Being In Love - Frederick Lowe
Autumn Leaves - Johnny Mercer
Blue Bossa - Kenny Dorham
Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson
Cold Duck Time - Eddie Harris
Don't Get Round Much Any More - Duke Ellington
Fiesta - Leonard Whitcup
Fly me to the Moon - Bart Howard
Freddie the Freeloader - Miles Davis
A Foggy Day - George Gershwin
The Girl from Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Have you Met Miss Jones - Richard Rodgers
Here's that Rainy Day - Jimmy Van Heusen
How High the Moon - Morgan Lewis
In a Little Spanish Town - Mabel Wayne
La Fiesta - Chick Corea
Little Sunflower - Freddie Hubbard
Misty - Erroll Garner
Moonglow - Will Hudson
More - Riz Ortolani & Nino Oliviero
The More I See You - Harry Warren
Nostalgia in Times Square - Charles Mingus
One Note Samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Perdido - Juan Tizol
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington
Solid as a Rock - Ella Fitzgerald
Someday my Prince Will Come - Frank Churchill
Spanish Harlem - Jerry Leiber & Phil Spector
They Can't Take That Away from Me - George Gershwin
There Will Never be Another You - Harry Warren

Pop/Folk Arrangements
All you Need is Love - The Beatles
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Down by the Sally Gardens - Trad. Irish
Heartbeats - J. Gonzalez
Home - Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros
Moondance - Van Morrison
She Moved Through the Fair - P. Colum & H. Hughes
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room - J. Meyer
Three Times a Lady - L. Richie
Wonderful Tonight - E. Clapton
Yesterday - J. Lennon & P. McCartney

6 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication before and at your event: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
  • Excellent 6
  • Good 0
  • OK 0
  • Unsatisfactory 0
  • Poor 0

Absolutely made the drinks reception at our wedding

5 stars - DZ Guitar are Highly Recommended booked DZ Guitar for their Wedding in Hertfordshire August 2019

“DZ Guitar is an absolutely brilliant guitarist, playing during both our wedding ceremony and at our drinks reception. His playing was a real highlight of the day - so many people came up and commented on his amazing playing and asked where we found him! He even played a special song which got everyone dancing during the drinks reception and really added to the atmosphere. Great communication leading up to the day as well. Couldn't recommend more!”


Genuinely such a nice person with a professional attitude, Everyone has such goo...

5 stars - DZ Guitar are Highly Recommended booked DZ Guitar for their Wedding in West Midlands

“Genuinely such a nice person with a professional attitude. Very prompt in responding to messages and very adaptable, even with last minute changes! Everyone has such good things to say!”


Excellent in every respect and greatly enjoyed by the guests

5 stars - DZ Guitar are Highly Recommended booked DZ Guitar for their Wedding in Suffolk

“DZ Guitar played at our daughter’s church wedding service and at the wedding reception and his performances were excellent in every respect and greatly enjoyed by the guests. He was polite, helpful, reliable and well presented as well as being a very talented guitarist with a wide ranging and varied repertoire. He was particularly cooperative in playing one piece specially prepared, accompanying the choir, as the bride and groom processed out at the end of the service. We would not hesitate to engage DZ Guitar in the future and thoroughly recommend him.”


It was brilliant!

5 stars - DZ Guitar are Highly Recommended booked DZ Guitar for their Wedding at Camden Town Hall in London

“It was brilliant. There were a lot of comments from guest about how good he was as a musician and he was great at all the other admin stuff and turning up etc too. Highly recommend him. Best, Sarah West”


The versatility of the classical guitar, both in its percussive capacity and as ...

5 stars - DZ Guitar are Highly Recommended booked DZ Guitar for their event

“The versatility of the classical guitar, both in its percussive capacity and as an amplified instrument, was brilliantly demonstrated by DZ Guitar. This was powerfully revealed in his own amplified compositions, Crystal and Broken Rhapsody.”

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Prices

Price from £256 + travel from Hertfordshire

Based on 1 person performing up to 1 hour

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  • South West From £333
  • North East From £385
  • Yorkshire and the Humber From £391
  • Wales From £404
  • North West From £417
  • Scotland From £641
  • Northern Ireland From £769
  • Republic of Ireland From £769
  • International From £769

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Highlights
* Professional and in demand classical guitarist!
* Hailed as "Outstanding" by Classical Guitar Magazine!
* Repertoire includes Spanish/South American music, Baroque, Popular/Folk/Jazz standards and more!
* Guitar and Violin duo also available!

Based in the South of England with over half a decade of professional experience DZ Guitar is a busy concert guitarist, session guitarist, and classical guitar teacher.

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 of 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.

After graduating from the University of Surrey’s Tonmeister™ Course in 2008, winning the AMS-Neve Prize for Most Natural Classical Recording in the process, Declan accepted a place at the Royal College of Music; graduating with distinction in 2012 from the Master of Performance programme. During his time there he studied with guitarists Craig Ogden, Carlos Bonell, and Chris Stell, but most importantly, Gary Ryan, who championed Declan’s abilities in the area of percussive fingerstyle – a technique made popular by steel-string players such as Tommy Emmanuel, Thomas Leeb, Jon Gomm, and Mike Dawes. Gary was so convinced by Declan’s writing abilities he insisted that he play one of his own compositions in his Masters recital.

Since then Declan has been busy establishing himself worldwide as a leading figure in crossover percussive/classical guitar. His YouTube video of his composition Crystal received close to a quarter of a million views when it went viral at the end of 2013, and his video of Broken Rhapsody was championed by many of his peers via online social media sites. Declan consolidated his abilities in traditional and percussive fingerstyle techniques to create a show titled “FUSION GUITAR: CLASSICAL & PERCUSSIVE GUITAR” and the show received a 5* review on its opening night as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013. Last year Declan also played to a packed crowd and was welcomed back for an encore at the grand Centro Civico in the Andalusian hometown of Andrés Segovia.

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