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Gareth Holwill

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About Gareth Holwill

Guitarist, Composer, Educator. Versatile and Professional.
Classical Guitarist
High Wycombe
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Gareth Holwill was born in the UK and began his guitar studies as a Music Scholar at Uppingham School. Gareth holds a BA(Hons) in Music and an MA in Advanced Musical Studies from the University of Bristol. He subsequently studied for a PGDip in Guitar Performance at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Eleftheria Kotzia and John Mills. A versatile musician, Gareth has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Welsh Millennium Centre, Christ Church Oxford, the Victoria Rooms, Brangwyn Hall and venues across Europe. In 2008 he gave the world premiere of the Sonata by Tim Benjamin. The Stachowiak Holwill Guitar Duo was formed in 2017 and has since performed across the South East of England. Trained to post graduate level as a composer and guitarist, Gareth is able to cater for many musical requirements. Although his specialism is in classical guitar performance, Gareth also has extensive experience playing electric guitar in big bands, pit orchestras and performing jazz, funk, soul, pop and rock. Gareth has extensive experience as an educator and holds a PGCE in Secondary Music from Canterbury Christ Church University. He taught for Buckinghamshire Music Trust for many years and is currently Head of Guitar and Piano for Berkshire Maestros.

Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Christmas, Baroque, Classical crossover, Early music, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Renaissance, Opera, Electronic, Drum 'n' Bass, House, Electronica, Triphop, Ambient, Dubstep, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Avant garde, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, Funk, Disco, Funk rock, R&B, Motown, Soul, Tribute, Vintage, Top 40, Hip Hop, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Indie, Rock 'n' Roll, Classic rock, Hard rock, Pop rock, World music, Argentinian, Bossa nova, Choro, Brazilian music, Flamenco, Cuban music, Latin, Samba, Spanish music, Caribbean music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Recording session, Charity event, Corporate event, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Composer, Songwriter, Transcription, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Francisco Tarrega
Asturias - Isaac Albeniz
Capricho Arabe - Francisco Tarrega
Cavatina - Stanley Myers
Verano Pórteno - Astor Piazzolla
Romanza - Anon.
Adelita - Francisco Tarrega
Lagrima - Francisco Tarrega
Las Dos Hermanitas - Francisco Tarrega
Gran Vals - Francisco Tarrega
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J S Bach
Air on a G String - J S Bach
Sounds of Bells - Pernambuco
Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn
Cinq Preludes - Heitor Villa-Lobos
Etude No 1 - Heitor Villa - Lobos
Tango en Skai - Roland Dyens
All in Twilight - Toru Takemitsu
Lute Suite in A Minor - J S Bach
English Suite - John Duarte
Sonatina - Federico Moreno Torroba
Sonata - Leo Brouwer
El Decameron Negro - Leo Brouwer
La Catedral - Agustin Barrios Mangore
Passacaglia - Silvius Leopold Weiss
Una Limosna por el Amor De Dios - Agustin Barrios Mangore
Xodo do Baiana - Dilermando Reis
25 Etudes - Matteo Carcassi
Elogio de la Danza - Leo Brouwer
A Day in November - Leo Brouwer
Homenaje- Manuel de Falla
Quatre Pieces Breves - Frank Martin
Sonata - Tim Benjamin
Studies - Fernando Sor
Les Adieux - Fernando Sur
Variations on a Theme of Handel - Mauro Giuliani
Sonatina Meridional - Manual Maria Ponce
Variations on a Theme of Cabezon - Manuel Maria Ponce
Malaguena - Trad.
Farruca - Trad.
Sevillianas - Trad.
Mi Favorita - Trad.
El Abejorro - Emilio Pujol
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

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

No, I do not offer an iPod/DJ service.

How much time do you need to set up?

I need about 30mins before performance time to setup.

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

Yes, all pieces from the set list are available. If there are any special pieces of music you require, please get in touch to request.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I will bring all equipment I need to perform at small to medium sized venues. For very large performances, we may need to discuss hiring suitable PA.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a piece of music isn't included, there may still be a chance I already know it. Special requests are certainly available upon application.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£220
Up to 2 hours£290
Up to 3 hours£360

Reviews

From customers:

Richard, 3 years ago

The Stachowiak Holwill Guitar Duo gave a spellbinding performance. Bravo!

James, 8 years ago

Gareth really helped to make our wedding day special!