NOW PLAYING... (samples of Alan playing some of the pieces from his repertoire)

"Sure you're an "artiste", but do you do weddings?"

Absolutely! I got into playing the guitar because I love music, love playing music, and love sharing my music with people, whether in a recital or any other context. So in addition to my concert perfomances, I take great pleasure and pride in providing music for weddings and other functions.

Music plays an absolutely vital role in every aspect of the wedding celebrations, setting the tone for the entire ceremony and creating a relaxing atmosphere for your guests during the drinks reception and meal. In all of this, the beautiful sounds of the classical guitar can provide the perfect musical accompaniment for your special day.

Though the music is yet one more thing to have to make decisions about, I'm here to help as much as possible with information to make those decisions easier. Over the years, I have played for hundreds of weddings throughout Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and beyond, and bring this experience to bear on making the music for your wedding go as smoothly and beautifully as possible. Read what some of my previous clients have said!

Alan's recent wedding and event engagements have included performances at:
Belvoir Castle, Scalford Hall, Barnsdale Lodge, Burton Town Hall, Oakham Castle, Whitwell Conference Centre, Beaumanor Hall, Rushton Hall, Bradsall Priory, Barnsdale Hall, Ashton Lodge, Doddington Hall, Prestwold Hall, Shottle Hall, Doddington Hall, Quorn Grange, the National Portrait Gallery, the Old Trafford Stadium Platinum Suite, and Terence Conran's very posh Bluebird in Chelsea!

Frequently Asked Questions:
What music should we use in 
     the ceremony?
Do we need music for the reception?
Do you need to be at the rehearsal?
Can we make a special request?
Can you play outside?
Do we need to meet to discuss 
      the details?
What is your fee?
What do we do next?

What music should we use in the ceremony?

I usually start playing as the guests are arriving, a mixture of light classics and popular arrangements. This music welcomes the guests and provides a background while they're being seated and as the excitement builds to the bride's entrance. The actual ceremony can include any musical selections you wish--it's your wedding, so feel free to ask for what you want, and I can play it! What follows are some suggestions which may help for the different parts of the ceremony.

The entrance of the bride

The most famous entrance piece is the Bridal Chorus ("Here Comes the Bride") by Richard Wagner. Other possibilites include Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach) and the Canon in D by Pachelbel. One bride recently chose the lovely "Theme from The Deer Hunter" (aka Cavatina) to be played as she came down the aisle, another the Beatles classic "Here, There and Everywhere", while another (with a good sense of humour!) asked for Katie Melua's "The Closest Thing to Crazy".

Incidentally, no need to worry about standing around waiting for the piece to finish--when everyone is in place I will artistically wind it up.

Special Music

If the couple wishes, music can be incorporated into other parts of the ceremony. I have sometimes been asked to lead the audience in singing a song after the marriage vows, and recent examples of this include "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and The Beatles' "All You Need is Love". In a civil ceremony, you can have any music you want as long as the title or lyric doesn't make any reference to religion.

During the signing of the registry

This can be anything, really. Music is used to provide a background while the couple does the paperwork. Without a specific request, I would probably go with something like "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" or Lloyd-Webber's "All I Ask of You".

Recessional (when the newly-married couple leaves the altar)

The traditional choice is the upbeat and joyous Wedding March by Mendelssohn, but again, if you have a different idea, just let me know and I can make it happen. Recent requests have included "All You Need is Love" and Robbie Williams' "Angels". Whether you go with the traditional choices or something unusual, my job is to make the music sound just right for your wedding.

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The Reception

The classical guitar can provide the perfect atmosphere for the reception. My repertoire includes hours of music ranging from the classics to Spanish music, jazz standards, show tunes and pop arrangements--the ideal accompaniment for sipping a glass of wine and congratulating the happy newly-married couple. Click here to see and hear a sample repertoire list. (back to top)

Other Questions:

Do we need you need to be at the rehearsal?

No. As long as I have a schedule of the ceremony and your specific musical requirements, you don't need to pay me to come to the rehearsal. I have played at almost all of the wedding venues in the East Midlands over the past years, and you can rest assured that it always goes perfectly! (back to top)

Can we make a special request?

Absolutely. As long as I have at least four weeks advance notice, I can make an effective solo guitar arrangement of just about anything you choose. Recent selections have included Barbara Streisand's "Evergreen" and Bryan Adam's "Everything I Do..." (back to top)

Can you play outside?

No problem, as long as it's not raining! I use a small amplification system that provides the perfect volume inside or out. All I need is an electrical outlet within a long extension lead's distance. (back to top)

Do we need to meet to discuss the details?

I find that all the details and arrangements can generally be handled by phone or email, but I'm happy to meet if this isn't the case. (back to top)

What is your fee?

My fees start at £200, and are based on the amount of performance time required. Let me know the details and I'll happily provide a quote. (back to top)

What do we do next?

It's simple--just send me an email with some details of your requirements to get the ball rolling. I'll let you know if I'm free, and will certainly be very happy to help with any queries you might have. I'll email you back (or phone if you prefer) and we can take it from there. (back to top)

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