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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 Douglass Jarmann. 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.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform while walking around a venue
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
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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Event types:
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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Song list

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
Agustin Barrios Mangoré: Choro De Saudade
Agustín Barrios Mangoré: Una Limosa Por El Amor De Dios
Miles Davis: In A Silent Way (tr. Harris)
Gershwin: Summertime
Enrique Granados: Dedicatoria (tr. Harris)
George Harrison: Here Comes The Sun (tr. Harris)
George Harrison: Something (tr. Harris)
Scott Joplin: The Entertainer (tr. Harris)
Nikita Koshkin: The Princes Toys Suite
Lennon & McCartney: I Feel Fine (tr. Harris)
Stanley Myers: Cavatina (Theme from The Deer Hunter)
Plant & Paige/Led Zeppelin/: Stairway To Heaven (tr. Harris)
Rodrigo: Adagio From Concierto De Aranjuez (ed. Harris)
Freddie Mercury (Queen): Bohemian Rhapsody (tr. Harris)
Mozart: Andante In C From Piano Sonata (tr. Harris)
Johann Pachelbel: Canon
Fernando Sor: Variations On A Theme By Mozart,Op.9
Francisco Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Trad. Spanish: Romance-Romanza (Theme from Jeux interdits) (tr. Harris)
Trad. Northern Irish: Londonderry Aire
Antonio Vivaldi: Adagio: Concerto In G For Two Mandolins (tr. Harris)
Richard Wagner: Ride Of The Valkyries (tr. Harris)
Mason Williams: Classical Gas (tr. Harris)
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.


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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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Raymond K, 3 years ago

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.

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Indra B, 2 years ago

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!

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Graham S, 4 years ago

Dale Harris is an excellent instrumental guitarist

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