5 stars - Mike Williams are Highly Recommended69 Reviews Number of members: 1Hertfordshire
Mike is a virtuoso guitarist and Ivor-Nominated composer, performing at events from weddings and receptions to royal engagements. Performing a vast repertoire ranging in styles from modern pop/rock to classical, Latin and jazz....
5 stars - Feel Good Guitar are Highly Recommended24 Reviews Number of members: 1Greater Manchester
Feel Good Guitar is a modern update on the traditional classical guitarist - ideal for weddings, dinner parties and other events. The repertoire consists of modern and classic pop songs played instrumentally, with options of movie/musical tunes and vintage jazz. The focus is firmly on romantic and feel good hits with beautiful arrangements of favourite tunes by artists such as Ed Sheeran, The Beatles, John Legend, Queen, Rihanna, Madness, Spice Girls, McFly and many more!...
5 stars - J F Guitar are Highly Recommended47 Reviews Number of members: 1London
J F Guitar has an elegant sound and knowledge of a number of styles, notably Jazz, Flamenco, Latin and African music. For a relaxed and sensitive performance on the Spanish guitar, J F Guitar plays a wide repertoire....
5 stars - Andy Cherry are Highly Recommended80 Reviews Number of members: 1Hertfordshire
Andy Cherry is a unique and highly regarded act, with an extensive repertoire of of popular music arranged for the classical guitar. Hugely versatile and vastly experienced with 5* customer reviews, Andy's subtle, unobtrusive playing style is ideal for weddings, receptions, dinners and corporate events....
5 stars - Elliot Smith are Highly Recommended38 Reviews Number of members: 1Staffordshire
Elliot Smith is an award winning classical guitarist with over 10 years professional experience. His repertoire includes Classical, Spanish, Jazz and instrumental Pop/Rock covers. Perfect for any occasion requiring beautiful ambient music to set the mood....
5 stars - Chris Bourne are Highly Recommended17 Reviews Number of members: 1Gloucestershire
Chris is a highly experienced classical guitarist with over 20 years of experience. His playing style is suitable for many kinds of event where you may require romantic and soothing Spanish and South American sounds, and/or traditional flamenco....
5 stars - Neil Brown are Highly Recommended21 Reviews Number of members: 1Hampshire
Neil Brown is a classically trained and qualified guitarist with over 30 years experience. Performing light classical music, popular tunes & jazz standards, Neil's live performances will add a beautiful backdrop to your event....
5 stars - Kris Solo are Highly Recommended17 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Kris is a highly experienced & versatile guitarist, performing a subtle mix of popular songs spanning the past 50 years, arranged purely for instrumental guitar. The perfect choice for creating a beautiful musical backdrop for your special occasion....
5 stars - Glenn Sharp are Highly Recommended11 Reviews Number of members: 1Greater Manchester
Manchester based Glenn has been playing the flamenco and traditional Spanish guitar for 25 years now. His set includes improvised flamenco and classical guitar music, perfect for themed events or background music at private functions and weddings....
5 stars - Cameron Murray are Highly Recommended9 Reviews Number of members: 1Glasgow
Cameron Murray is an accomplished Classical & Fingerstyle guitarist. Performing Classical & Spanish to Jazz & Popular classics, Cameron will choose a selection of music from his wide ranging repertoire to tailor his performance to your requirements....
5 stars - Ben Harrison are Highly Recommended15 Reviews Number of members: 1Somerset
A great alternative to a classical guitarist, Ben Harrison is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist performing a unique repertoire of original folk, jazz & world music as well as a few well known popular tunes by The Beatles, Eric Clapton and Louis Armstrong....
5 stars - Joseph are Highly Recommended6 Reviews Number of members: 1Glasgow
Joseph is an accomplished, award winning classical crossover guitarist with a wealth of experience. Creating a beautiful musical backdrop for your event, his repertoire spans Classical & Baroque to Pop, Rock, Spanish, Jazz, Film, Theatre & much more!...
5 stars - Frankie Jay are Highly Recommended15 Reviews Number of members: 1Greater Manchester
A highly experienced fingerstyle guitarist combining harmonic, melodic and percussive techniques; Frankie Jay transforms classic hits into rich and textured instrumental arrangements on his steel string guitar. From pop chart toppers, to unforgettable rock anthems, Frankie will create a top quality soundtrack for any event!...
5 stars - Thomas J are Highly Recommended13 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Thomas J is a highly experienced guitarist performing classical music & finger-style arrangements of your favourite pop songs! From Stevie Wonder to Johann Pachelbel, Thomas' live sets are perfect for any occasion....
5 stars - Tom Clarke are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 1West Sussex
Tom Clarke is an experienced performer with a large repertoire of songs in many styles and can provide requests for weddings and events. Tom provides a combination of classical, instrumental and popular music catered for the occasion on both nylon and steel string guitar....
5 stars - Ryan Gene are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 1Lancashire
Classical guitarist Ryan Gene compliments any event by performing beautiful songs tailored to the people he is playing for. Ryan's repertoire features a varied list, from Pop, Dance, Soul, Jazz, Movie Themes, Cuban & Brazilian music, so that whatever the weather, the crowd, the venue or the day, he can play the perfect song for the perfect moment!...
5 stars - Robert Brock are Highly Recommended9 Reviews Number of members: 1West Midlands
Robert Brock is a highly experienced guitarist whose beautiful music will compliment your occasion. With an extensive repertoire of popular songs from the past 4 decades, Robert is an expert at creating a soft, soothing & special atmosphere at any event. Previous clients include the Regency Hyatt Hotel, Quality Hotel Group, Coombe Abbey & more....
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5 stars - Thomas J are Highly Recommended
“Joe was simply excellent. Turned up in good time, exceeded expectations, is a thoughtful and charming guy to deal with. He was totally committed to fulfilling or exceeding expectat...”
Michael booked Thomas J for their event on 12th February 2021
5 stars - Neil Brown are Highly Recommended
“Neil Brown was a beautiful addition to our wedding reception. Prior to the day, we made several changes due to government restrictions and Neil was very flexible as well as communi...”
Kaitlin D booked Neil Brown for their Wedding in Essex on 9th October 2020
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Everything you need to know to hire Classical Guitarists for your event
What is a classical guitarist?
A classical guitarist is a solo musician, who plays the classical acoustic guitar. The classical guitar uses nylon strings rather than steel, which give a warm, mellow sound.
Classical guitarists can play a wide range of musical styles, from early lute music, to Spanish and flamenco, as well as arrangements of classical and contemporary pop tunes, to create a uniquely informal ambiance, perfectly suited to a range of occasions, from wedding ceremonies to drinks receptions or private parties.
What music will a classical guitarist play?
A classical guitarist will play a variety of genres of music, including rock and popular tunes, soul, film themes and classical, performing music which most of your guests will know and love! A typical repertoire might feature artists such as:
Simon & Garfunkel
The Beach Boys
Buena Vista Social Club
A set list for each artist is featured on their individual profile page.
Alive Network’s classical guitar players can perform a range of musical genres, with many offering several styles in one performance. Our most popular types of classical guitar styles include:
1. Popular covers
Nearly all of our classical guitarist will perform music from classic and contemporary popular artists, including Ellie Goulding, Adele, Elton John, Abba, Leonard Cohen and Ed Sheeran.
Arranged and played on guitar, classical music takes on a lovely warmth that is both sophisticated and non-stuffy! You can expect guitar arrangements from the greats of the classical world, such as Bach, Pachelbel and Mendelssohn.
3. Spanish (Flamenco)
Spanish and Latin American guitar music offers a fiery slice of the traditional culture, often with intricate and impressive finger-picking and incorporating toe-tapping passionate Flamenco music, along with more contemporary melodies from artists like Manu Chao and the Buena Vista Social Club.
Classical guitarists playing in a jazz or lounge style cover finger-clicking music from the Rat Pack era to cool old school jazz classics and Charleston music, to melodic tunes from the Great American Songbook. Often featuring artists like Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, and Nina Simone, to name a few.
Where in the UK do Alive classical guitarists perform?
Our classical guitarists entertain at a range of events across the UK and internationally – at weddings, corporate events, private parties, venues, and festivals. The locations where our classical guitarists are most frequently booked include:
Because of the romantic nature of the instrument and the warm sound, classical guitar music is perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions, Guitarists can play as your guests arrive, during the wedding ceremony and the signing of the registers.
Our guitarists can tailor their performance to your individual needs – from romantic, and relaxing background tunes to well-known classic popular melodies and lively Latin and Spanish guitar music – creating the perfect atmosphere and bringing your party to life.
Classical guitarists are also a great option for corporate events and drinks receptions.
If you have your heart set on a classical guitarist at your event, but would like something a bit different, many of our classical guitarists can perform alongside other musicians for a larger sound.
Space considerations at your event
A seated solo classical guitar player is fairly compact, needing around 2 square metres to perform comfortably. This allows space for a seat, music stand, microphone and stand, and their PA system.
A guitarist will match his style of playing to your event, so a live guitarist’s volume can vary between chilled background music to flamboyant flamenco. This can be anywhere between 65 – 85dB (decibels), which in real terms is the volume of a busy restaurant or the sound of audience applause.
Since acoustic guitars can be relatively quiet, classical guitarists will generally use an amplifier, particularly if they’re playing at a function with more than about 50 guests or at larger venues. Many have access to battery-powered amps, which are ideal for outdoor performances where there may not be access to a plug socket.
How much does a classical guitarist cost?
The average price of a classical guitar player is around £350.
This table below outlines the range of fees for different types of classical guitar artists:
Type of Artist
Solo classical guitarist
£150 - £375
£280 - £375
Classical guitar duo
£270 - £600
Booking a musician who lives near your venue is one way to keep costs down, since their travel time will be minimal. The home town location of all our classical guitarists can be found on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can recommend the best musicians close to your event.
Who are the top 10 best classical guitarists in the UK right now?
The artists below are our current leading classical guitar players, based on a range of popularity, performance quality and innovation:
Most classical guitarists will perform two 45-minute sets, with a break of around 15 minutes’ in-between. In many cases, they will be willing to play for longer – often up to 3 hours. You can find the booking options on each classical guitarist’s profile page.
How much space will a classical guitarist need?
A classical guitarist only needs a small space to perform. They usually perform while seated, and also need space for a music stand, microphone stand and PA system.
This guide shows approximately how much space a classical guitarist will need:
Solo Classical Guitarist
2 metres × 2 metres
More accurate measurements for your chosen guitarist can be provided by your dedicated Event Coordinator.
How long will it take for a classical guitarist to set up?
It takes a classical guitarist around 30- to 45-minutes to prepare for a performance, depending how close they can park in relation to the performance area. This often involves the setting up of the amplifier, to increase the sound of their acoustic guitar.
Many busy hotels ask artists to load in via a shared supplier’s entrance, which can extend set up times.
Following the final set, it can take about 15–20 minutes to pack down and load out.
What equipment will a classical guitarist need?
Most classical guitarists will need:
parking provision, preferably with easy access to the venue
a named venue contact for the guitarist to ask for when they arrive
a suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area. If performing outside, they will need cover from the elements
an armless chair
(if using a non-battery powered amp or a PA system) one or two 13 amp power sockets in close proximity
refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food, depending on how long you have booked them for.
Most of Alive Network’s classical guitarists will provide their own microphones, and amp or PA system.
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