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Dale Harris is an English classical guitarist, multi-genre guitar-instrumentalist and composer who has produced numerous commercial albums.
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Dale's lute playing was featured in Simon Sharma's Shakespeare' (Aired BBC TV 22-June & 29 June 2012) and he appeared in the BBC period production "Martin's Close". Dale has also reviewed lute music recordings for the Lute Society of GB. His guitar music was used in a promotional advert for BP British Petrolium. Moreover, he has performed for HRH the Duke Of Edinburgh as well as performing with Cliff Richard. As a teacher of music, Dale is proud to have the opportunity to share his experience with a wide range of students working alongside area arts organizations. Moreover, Dale has taught lessons and workshops for students at University at under- and post-graduate levels. Dale studied musicology and authored a PhD thesis 'Cryptograms In The Music Of Alban Berg' under the supervision of world-leading expert on Viennese music Douglas Jarman. Dale discovered a hitherto unknown encipherment technique encoded into the music and he could reverse-engineer the cipher to reveal the source of the 'messages'. Dale successfully supported his claims in verbal examination by composer and author Geoffrey Poole (who previously held the next 'best guess' as to the root of Berg's ciphers) and the latter endorsed Dale theories as having finally 'cracked the code'. Dale Harris nació en 1968 en Londres, Reino Unido. Es graduado de honors de primera clase en música, tiene el titulo de 'Master Of Arts' con honores en la Universidad de Canterbury, Kent (UK), donde estudió con el maestro de la guitarra, John Mills, y tiene un doctorado en Musicologica por la Univsidad de Kent. En 2002, Harris compuso la música para una película de promoción encargado por la corporación B.P. Desde el año 2005, Harris ha estado de gira continuamente en Europa. En 2008, se convirtió en un critico de música para El Lute Society (Reino Unido). A mes amis de France, Je voudrais vous parler un peu de moi : Je suis né à Londres vers la fin des années soixante (1968!). Après beaucoup d'années de musique je suis devenu un professionnel me spécialisant dans la composition sérielle, et utilisant les douze sons de l'échelle chromatique de Arnold Schönberg et Alban Berg d’Autriche. Ma formation musicale comprend divers diplômes d'université dans la musique : “First class B.A.(Hon) degree, Master Of Arts degree , en 2004 PhD Cryptograms In The Music Of Alban Berg » ; En 1998, j'ai obtenu une bourse ; « 'The Larissa Lovelock Memorial Prize» pour étudier la guitare classique avec Jeff Alexandre et John Mills. J'ai également pris des cours avec Richard Durrant, John Williams et John Myhill. On peut d’ailleurs m’écouter à la radio à la télévision et sur des vidéos. Dale Harris (GB, 1968) had zijn eerste solo optreden op 7-jarige leeftijd. Na lessen vanzijn vader volgde hij een opleiding aan de Canterbury University. Dale componeert en speelt voor radio en tv. Daarnaast maakt hij arrangementen van klassieke composities, die van origine niet voor solo-gitaar zijn geschreven. Dale mixen solo klassieke gitaar, hedendaagse stukken en Engelse humor.

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Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Early music, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Acoustic, Covers, Tribute, Rock, Progressive rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Power rock, Classic rock, Pop rock, Hard rock, Britpop, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Medieval music, Opera
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Corporate event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Musicologist
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Dale's Song list

Classical/Spanish Guitar Repertoire (See below for guitar plus voice song list):
Bryan Adams: Run To You
Dionisio Aguado: Rondo In A Minor Op.2
Issac Albéniz: Asturias from Suite Espanola Op.47 No.5 (tr. Harris)
J. S. Bach: Prelude, Fugue And Allegro, BWV998
J. S. Bach: Prelude Cello Suite 1 BWV1007
J. S. Bach: Minuets I&II Cello Suite 1 BWV1007
J. S. Bach Minuet In G Major (Guitar) From the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (1725), BWV Anh 114, Composed by Christian Petzold and arranged by J. S. Bach
J. S. Bach: Musette
J. S. Bach: Sarabande In B Minor BWV 1002
Agustin Barrios Mangoré: Choro De Saudade
Agustin Barrios Mangoré: La Catedral
Agustín Barrios Mangoré: Una Limosa Por El Amor De Dios
The Beatles: And Your Bird Can Sing
The Beatles: Day Tripper
The Beatles: I Feel Fine
The Beatles: In My Life
The Beatles: Let It Be
The Beatles: Misery
The Beatles: She Loves You
Thomas Campion: Never Weather Beaten Sail
Chopin: Prelude Op 28 No 7
Miles Davis: In A Silent Way (tr. Harris)
John Dowland: Mr Dowland's Midnight
John Dowland: Now Oh Now I Needs Must Part
Rolan Dyens: Tango En Skai
Bob Dylan: All Along The Watchtower
Manuel De Falla: The Millers Dance
William Felton: Farewell Manchester
Ferrer: La Danse Des Naïades Op 35
Ferrer: Allegretto Op 8 No 1 (Horas Apacibles)
Ferrer: Vals Op 8 No 2 (Horas Apacibles)
Ferrer: Mazurka Op 8 No 5 (Horas Apacibles)
Ferrer: Nocturno Op 8 No 8 (Horas Apacibles)
Gershwin: Summertime
Enrique Granados: Dedicatoria (tr. Harris)
Handel - Bourree From Lord Danby's Lute Book
Handel: Sonata For A Musical Clock
George Harrison: Here Comes The Sun (tr. Harris)
George Harrison: Something (tr. Harris)
George Harrison: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Granados: Spanish Dance No 5
Anthony Holborne: Heigh Ho Holiday (Galliard)
Jazz Standard: All The Things You Are
Jazz Standard: Autumn Leaves
Jazz Standard: Bye Bye Blackbird
Jazz Standard: Fly Me To The Moon
Jazz Standard: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Jazz Standard: Take 5
Scott Joplin: The Entertainer (tr. Harris)
Aram Khatchaturian: No Walk Today!
Nikita Koshkin: The Princes Toys Suite
Adrian Legg: Chicken Lickens Last Stand
Adrian Legg: Green Ballet
Adrian Legg: Guitars And Other Cathedrals
Adrian Legg: Kalahari Blues
Adrian Legg: Tune For Derroll
Lennon & McCartney: I Feel Fine (tr. Harris)
Stanley Myers: Cavatina (Theme from The Deer Hunter)
Plant & Paige/Led Zeppelin/: Stairway To Heaven (tr. Harris)
Freddie Mercury (Queen): Bohemian Rhapsody (tr. Harris)
Alonso Mudarra: Fantasia X "Fantasia que contrabhaze la harpa en la manera de Luduvico"
Paganini: Allegretto (Guitar) | Sonata No 6 In F
Paganini: Caprice 24
Paul McCartney - Golden Earth Girl
Peter, Paul & Mary: Puff The Magic Dragon
Diego Pisador: Pavana Muy Llana Para Tañer
The Police: Message In A Bottle
Henry Purcell: Minuet In A Minor Z649
Jean Philippe Rameau: Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: III. Minuet I-II,
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication
Randy Rhodes: Dee
Rodrigo: Adagio From Concierto De Aranjuez (ed. Harris)
Gaspar Sanz: Canarios
Gaspar Sanz: Fugue
Gaspar Sanz: Paradetas
Gaspar Sanz: Pavanas
Schumann: Album For The Young Op 68 No 1
Schumann Album For The Young Op 68 No 5
Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Rod Stewart: Sailing
Fernando Sor: Variations On A Theme By Mozart,Op.9
Francisco Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Francisco Tárrega: Adelita
Francisco Tárrega: Lagrima
Tchaikovsky: March Of The Wooden Soldiers
Trad. American: House Of The Rising Sun
Trad. Australian: Waltzing Matilde
Yrad. Catalan: El Testament D'Amelia
Trad Chinese: Jasmine Flower
Trad. English: Greensleeves
Trad. English: Peace Is Flowing Like A River
Trad. English: Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Trad. English: The Oak And The Ash
Trad. Irish: The Sixpence, It Is Not The Tear
Trad. Irish: The Meeting Of The Waters
Trad. Japanese: Sakura
Trad. Spanish: Romance-Romanza (Theme from Jeux interdits) (tr. Harris)
Trad. Welsh: Suo Gan
Trad Welsh: Tri Martolod
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Preludes 1-4
Trad. Northern Irish: Londonderry Aire
Antonio Vivaldi: Adagio: Concerto In G For Two Mandolins (tr. Harris)
Antonio Vivaldi: Largo From Winter (The Four Seasons)
Schubert: The Trout
Richard Wagner: Ride Of The Valkyries (tr. Harris)
Mason Williams: Classical Gas (tr. Harris)
Domenico Zipoli: Little Fugue
Guitar Plus Sung Vocal Repertoire:
David Bowie: Rebel Rebel
Dire Straits: Brothers In Arms
Dire Straits: Down To The Waterline
Dire Straits: Expresso Love
Dire Straits: Romeo And Juliet
Dire Straits: Twisting By The Pool
Bob Dylan: All Along The Watchtower
The Beatles/George Harrison: For You Blue
The Beatles/George Harrison: Here Comes The Sun (tr. Harris)
The Beatles/George Harrison: Something (tr. Harris)
The Beatles/George Harrison: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Beatles: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Mark Knopfler: True Love Will Never Fade
Lou Reed Velvet Underground: Sweet Jane
Lou Reed Velvet Underground: Take A Walk On The Wild Side
Rolling Stones: Jumping Jack Flash
Steppenwolf: Born To Be Wild
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try to be a flexible as possible in order to assist your event to run as smoothly as possible.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, I can provide mp3 music upon request during any intervals. If you would like mp3 music to be played after a performance up to one hour then there is an additional charge of £120.

How much time do you need to set up?

This depends on the occasion. A simple compact set up for wedding ceremonies, funerals and indoor house-parties takes about 15-20 minutes. A small stage setup can take 45-60 minutes. Please allow a large 1.2k PA system to take up to two hours.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

It will depend on my repertoire at any given time. Maintaining a huge rota of pieces is like spinning plates. I'll do my best though given enough advance notice and preperation time.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. Absolutely!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to field genre type requests and special ceremony songs, but it will depend on the song-choice and amount of notice given. My repertoire is wide-ranging meaning that past requests have usually been granted.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My versatility is often quoted as being unusually impressive. The fact that I employ a variety of stage instruments and guitar-family types, Being able to sing Dire Straits, Beatles (George Harrison) and variou popular cover songs helps to asd to the variety should it be preferable to my instrumental music.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Glasgow Theatre Royal Wimbledon Theatre South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell Cavern Club Liverpool

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Julian Bream Mark Knopfler Chet Atkins Jeff Beck Paco De Lucia Joe Pass John Williams George Harrison Andres Segovia John McLaughlin Paco Peña Jerry Reed Carlos Santana Tony Iommi

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I performed and accompanied Sir Cliff Richard a few years ago.

Dale's Prices

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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£75
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£275
Up to 3 hours£400
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Dale's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Hugh C
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Highly recommended. Dale was perfect for a memorial service, playing favourite songs beautifully. Communication was easy and Dale was friendly and professional.

Raymond K
6 years ago
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5 out of 5

Dale was absolutely fantastic and although the venue didn't allow amplified music he still managed to project his sound . He is an extremely talented musician and I will not hesitate to book him again. Ps also he came to the rescue as we only booked him the day before the event.

From other customers:

Indra B
5 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in St Leonard's Road
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5 out of 5

Dale Harris is a brilliant guitarist under the spotlight or when in the background. He won't shred your appetite away when eating but if you come to watch a concert then he'll be the entertainer! A splendid virtuoso!

Graham S
7 years ago, for a Concert in Ringmead
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5 out of 5

Dale Harris is an excellent instrumental guitarist

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