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  • Fee for Plymouth £341

    Philip Bailey

    Classical Guitarist Plymouth, Devon
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Philip Bailey (Guitarist) are Highly Recommended 6 Customer Reviews

    With a varied repertoire Philip Bailey is a talented guitarist performing both acoustic & electric guitar. Philip Bailey's diverse sets can range from classical pieces by composers such as Bach & Tarrega to popular hits from Queen, The Beatles & Oasis.

  • Fee for Plymouth £256

    Dennis OKelly

    Classical Guitarist Plymouth, Devon
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Dennis OKelly are Highly Recommended 39 Customer Reviews

    A stylish & non intrusive accompaniment to a dinner event or the perfect musical backdrop for a wedding ceremony, Dennis will tailor his performance to meet your needs and to make your event truly memorable.

  • Fee for Plymouth £481

    Scott Anthony

    Solo Singer/Guitarist Plymouth, Devon
    Number of members: 1 Highly Recommended

    Whether you want a vocal or an instrumental set; Scott Anthony specialises in romantic wedding ceremony music and drinks reception entertainment. Chilled, lounge style ambience or vibrant, festival-esque acoustic covers.

  • Fee for Plymouth £385

    Henry Robinson

    Classical Guitarist Plymouth, Devon
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Henry Robinson are Highly Recommended 1 Customer Reviews

    A passionate and poetic guitarist who performs a diverse repertoire of Classical, Jazz, Spanish, South American and Modern arrangements. Classically trained at the highest level and a prize winner for outstanding performance, Henry Robinson has performed across the UK and internationally at prestig... Read more...

  • Fee for Plymouth £320

    Stephen Thomas

    Classical Guitarist Plymouth, Devon
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Stephen Thomas are Highly Recommended 1 Customer Reviews

    A professional concert guitarist providing a beautiful musical backdrop for your special occasion. Repertoire ranges from classical, baroque, jazz, popular and romantic genres.

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  • Fee for Plymouth £282

    1964

    Jazz Guitar Duo Plymouth, Devon
    Number of members: 2 Highly Recommended

    1964 are an instrumental acoustic guitar duo providing a blend of jazz, gypsy swing, latin & bebop music that will enhance your special occasion!

  • Fee for Plymouth £259

    Chris Bourne

    Classical Guitarist Plymouth, Devon
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Chris Bourne are Highly Recommended 16 Customer Reviews

    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, pop and classic rock and/or traditional flamenco.

  • Fee for Plymouth £385

    Ben Harrison

    Classical Guitarist Plymouth, Devon
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Ben Harrison are Highly Recommended 15 Customer Reviews

    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.

  • Fee for Plymouth £641

    Amori

    Classical Musicians Plymouth, Devon
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - Amori are Highly Recommended 3 Customer Reviews

    A husband and wife duo who perform a mixture of Opera, Musical Theatre, Folk & Ballads with guitar accompaniment. Having performed all over the world, including many luxury cruise ships, their chemistry and rapport with an audience creates a passionate, high quality performance suitable for Weddings... Read more...

  • Fee for Plymouth £410

    Tom Logan

    Classical Guitarist Plymouth, Devon
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Tom Logan (Classical Guitarist) are Highly Recommended 3 Customer Reviews

    Tom Logan is a prize-winning classical guitarist who performs music of a light classical genre with both Spanish & Latin-American influences. Fully self-contained, with a small PA system Tom performs music from Bach to Mendelssohn.

The Ultimate Guide To...
Booking Classical Guitarists

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:

  • Adele
  • Coldplay
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Killers
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Robbie Williams
  • U2
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • The Beatles
  • Oasis
  • Carole King
  • The Beach Boys
  • Bill Withers
  • Etta James
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Ritchie Valens
  • Frank Sinatra
  • John Williams
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • Mendelssohn
  • Chopin
  • Pachelbel
  • Bach

A set list for each artist is featured on their individual profile page.

Need some inspiration for song ideas? Check out our 'Top 20 Guitar Songs for Weddings' article here

Popular types of classical guitarists

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.

2. Classical

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.

4. Jazz

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.

Is a classical guitarist suitable for my event?

Usually the headline daytime or afternoon entertainment, classical guitar music is versatile and sophisticated, ideal for occasions such as:

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.

For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a classical guitarist need?’, below.

Volume – how loud is a classical guitar?

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?

In 2017, 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 Cost Range
Solo classical guitarist £150 - £375
Solo singer–guitarist £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:


For a list of Alive's most booked classical guitarists right now, see our 'Top 10 Classical Guitarists For Hire in 2017' article

How long will a classical guitarist play for?

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:

Artist Performance Space
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.

For information on the following, see our Frequently Asked Questions:

For a more comprehensive classical guitarist booking guide please read ‘Booking a classical guitarist – Everything you’ll ever need to know’.

If you have any other queries, simply visit our FAQ page.

Alternatively, our dedicated expert entertainment coordinators are on-hand to help. Simply call 0845 108 5500 or email enquiries@alivenetwork.com.

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