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Alan McMillan

Music

Overview

  • Solo classical guitarist
  • 30 years experience
  • Wide repertoire including classical/contemporary/film themes
  • Unobtrusive – solo classical guitar with small amplifier/speaker
  • Ideal for small corporate events/wedding ceremonies /exhibitions

Location

Based just outside Edinburgh and will happily travel to events across most of Scotland and the North of England.

Standard Set Times

  • Two 1 hour sets plus a 10 minute break

About this Act

Alan has been playing and studying the classical guitar for over 30 years and performs classical and contemporary music including popular film themes. The unobtrusive nature of his act – solo classical guitar (with small amplifier/speaker where required) makes him ideal for a variety of occasions such as small corporate events, wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions, dinner/garden parties and exhibitions.

Alan performs intimate classical and contemporary music from across the world. He plays music by composers such as JS Bach, Mike Oldfield, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Domenico Scarlatti, John Barry, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Ludovico Einaudi, Henry Mancini, ABBA, Chopin, The Beatles and many more.

The mix of classical and contemporary music as adapted for the classical guitar will provide a unique backdrop for your important event.

Over the years, Alan has developed a number of music projects and has played and recorded various styles of guitar including blues and rock as part of function/instrumental groups. He has also written and performed his own compositions.

Alan is also a member of the European Guitar Teachers Association (EGTA -UK) and teaches Acoustic, Electric, Fingerstyle, Lead and Rhythm guitar.

RECENT BOOKINGS

Recent bookings include The Caves - Edinburgh, Altskeith Country House - Loch Ard, The Rivers Suite - Edinburgh, Winton House - Pencaitland, Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Edinburgh Napier University, The Royal College of Physicians, Braid Hills Hotel - Edinburgh, Rufflets Hotel - St Andrews, Huntingtower Hotel - Perth, Balmoral Hotel - Edinburgh, Lothian Chambers, Stirling Management Centre, Orocco Pier - South Queensferry, Marlin's Wynd - Edinburgh and Hotel Villa Cipressi, Varenna, Italy.

RECENT CLIENT FEEDBACK

Wedding - Altskeith House, Loch Ard - Thank you Alan, we had such an awesome day and we have just been going through the moments and your guitar at the start, was special. Thank you so much again. Jennifer and Peter

Wedding - The Caves, Edinburgh Old Town - It was a genuine pleasure to have you. The guests loved it and I really appreciated the atmosphere you helped create during the ceremony. Best wishes and let us know if there is a way to make a recommendation/testimonial. Debbie Allan

Wedding - Perthshire - We all had an incredible day and received fabulous feedback from the guests! Thank you once again for helping to make our day go so well, the music was perfect. Kind regards Caroline Tinsley, Huntingtower Hotel, Perth

Wedding - Hotel Villa Cipressi, Varenna, Italy - Alan, thank you so much for making our wedding special; the music was absolutely perfect! Best wishes - Mr & Mrs C Summerfield

Wedding - Dalhousie Castle Hotel - Midlothian - I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. The music was amazing and so beautiful. I cannot tell you how perfect it was. You were such a delight. It was frightening booking online from the U.S. not knowing who I am hiring or how it would sound. Your music made our special day perfect. Thank you for accommodating my request & going above and beyond my expectations. Thank you again - Jill Monroe

Wedding - South Queensferry - Thank you so much – we very much appreciated your music it was beautiful! Kirsty and Ian.

Annual Dinner Event - Stirling Management Centre - Hi Alan, thank you - everyone said it was a great night. I've had lots of comments about your wonderful music, so thank you for getting the evening off to such a great start. Karen - Stirling

Wedding, - Winton House, East Lothian - Thank you so much for playing for us. A lot of the guests have commented on how great you were! All the best, Amy and Jonathan

Wedding - Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh - Just to say thanks again for Saturday. The music was perfect. Everyone has been commenting on how good you were & how they loved it. Thanks again. Susan and John

Wedding - Rufflets Hotel St Andrews - My husband and I would like to thank you for playing at our wedding in June this year. I really enjoyed your playing, it was really beautiful! In particular it was great that you could move between the ceremony room to gallery to the gardens etc to keep up with our guests! Will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking for a musician for a similar event. Lindsay and Graham Whyte

SEE SAMPLE SET LIST ON OTHER TAB

Alan’s set list is well balanced and includes a number of well known pieces together with contemporary works including arrangements of popular film themes such as The Lord of the Rings (Main Theme + Concerning Hobbits + May It Be), Get Carter (Main Theme), The Ipcress File (Main Theme) , Dances with Wolves (John Dunbar Theme), The Deer Hunter (Cavatina), Fargo (Main Theme) and Local Hero (Going Home/Wild Theme).

If required, an arrangement for a specific song/piece of music that you would like, can be played at your event.

Alan’s range of classical and contemporary guitar works will provide a perfect musical backdrop to any special occasion/event.

VIDEO & AUDIO DEMOS

Please click on the video link to see Alan playing 'Sunburst' by Andrew York.

Listen to the audio demos to hear Alan playing the following pieces:

'I Giorni' by Ludovico Einaudi

'In My Life' by The Beatles

'Highland Wedding' by Steve Morse

'Till There Was You' by Meredith Wilson from 'The Music Man' (Performed by The Beatles)

'Something Good' (from The Sound of Music)

'Gabriel's Oboe' by Ennio Morricone (from the film 'The Mission')

Set List

Sunburst - Andrew York
Le Onde - L Einaudi
Mona Lisa - Evans / Livingston
Prelude Cello Suite 1 – Bach
Mallorca – Albeniz
Lord of the Rings - Howard Shore
Concerning Hobbits - Howard Shore
Gabriel's Oboe - Ennio Morricone
Dedicatoria - E Granados
Wild Mountain Thyme
Canon in D - Johann Pachelbel
When We Were Young - Adele
If Not For You - Dylan
Loch Lomond
Farewell to Stromness – Davies
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Strangers in the Night - Kaempfert/Singleton/Snyder
Woman in Chains - Tears for Fears
Something - George Harrison
The Pursuit of Happyness - Guerra
Tango - Albeniz
A Planxty – O’Carolan
Danza Brasilera – Morel
I Giorni - L Einaudi
Chiquitita - ABBA
Andante Andante - ABBA
Heaven - Bryan Adams
Sonata - A - Scarlatti
Nuvole Bianche – L Einaudi
Vendetta - J Barry
Ipcress File - J Barry
John Dunbar Theme - J Barry
Persuaders Theme - J Barry
Choro Number 1 - Villa Lobos
Cadiz - Albeniz
Granada - Albeniz
Get Carter - Roy Budd
Preludes 1-5 - H Villa Lobos
Girl from Ipanema - A Jobim
In My Life - The Beatles
Till There Was You - The Beatles
Blackbird - The Beatles
Milonga Del Angel - A Piazzolla
Romance de Amor - Anon
Wind Beneath My Wings
Cavatina - Stanley Myers (Deer Hunter)
Moon River - Mancini/J Mercer
Woman - John Lennon
Theme from Titanic - J Horner
Verano Porteno - A Piazzolla
Danza del Altiplano - Brouwer
Missionera - Jorge Morel
Going Home - Knopfler (Local Hero)
Something Good - Sound of Music
Opus No 6 in A - Fernando Sor
'Pathetique' - Beethoven
May It Be - Lord of the Rings - Enya
Bullitt - Wilton Felder
Ave Maria - Franz Schubert
Aconquija - Augustin Barrios
From Russia With Love - Lionel Bart
James Bond Theme - Monty Norman
Fargo - Main Theme - Carter Burwell
DEE - Randy Rhoads
Our Last Summer – ABBA
Tubular Bells II - Mike Oldfield
Brothers in Arms - Knopfler
ZZ Song - Satriani
Tears in the Rain - Satriani
Sonata E Maj – Scarlatti
Nocturne No 2 (Op 9 No 2) - Chopin
Another Suitcase in Another Hall - Lloyd Webber/Rice
Your Song - Elton John
If I Fell - The Beatles
Moonraker - Main Theme - Barry/David
You and Me - Lifehouse
You Could be Happy - Snow Patrol
Here There + Everywhere - The Beatles
Theme from The Godfather
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Passaggio - L Einaudi
La Golondrina ("The Swallow") - Sevilla
Pure Imagination - Bricusse / Newley
Do-Re-Mi - Sound of Music
Edelweiss - Sound of Music
Highland Wedding - Steve Morse
Nobody Does it Better - Hamlisch / Sager
Out of Africa Main Theme - John Barry
Such Great Heights - Iron and Wine
Man of the World - Peter Green
Big Love - Fleetwood Mac
Stand by Me - Ben E King
What a Wonderful World - Thiele / Weiss
All Time High - John Barry + Tim Rice
Falling - Julee Cruise (Twin Peaks Theme)
The Eiger Sanction - John Williams
Moonlight Shadow - Mike Oldfield
Don't Cry For Me Argentina - Lloyd Webber / Rice
I Feel Fine - The Beatles
A Day in the Life - The Beatles
Days - Ray Davies/Kinks
Magnificent Seven - Main Theme - Elmer Bernstein
Brought to My Senses – Sting
Fragile – Sting
Ghost Story – Sting
True Love Ways – Buddy Holly
While my Guitar Gently Weeps – George Harrison
Fernando Sor – Variations on a Theme by Mozart
Fields of Gold – Sting
Magnificent Seven Themes - Elmer Bernstein
Another Year - Gary Yershon
Time to Say Goodbye - Sartori / Quarantotto
Yesterday Once More - Carpenters
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Blue Velvet – Bernie Wayne/Lee Morris
Lady is a Tramp – Rodgers and Hart
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Ellington / Russell
Moondance – Van Morrison
Diamonds are Forever – Barry/Black
You Only Live Twice – Barry/Bricusse
We Have All the Time in the World – Barry/David
Annie’s Song – John Denver
Take Five – Desmond
Love is All Around – Presley
Something Stupid – C Carson Parks
Hello Dolly – Jerry Herman
Look for the Silver Lining – Kern/DeSylva
Two of Us – Beatles
Bette Davis Eyes – Weiss/DeShannon
Philadelphia – Neil Young
Somewhere in Time – John Barry
My Favourite Things - Sound of Music

Lineup

  • Solo Classical Guitar Player (with small amplifier/speaker where required)

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