James Kendall - Wedding Guitarist

This Surrey wedding guitarist has over 20 years’ performance experience. His extensive repertoire, played mostly on 10-string classical guitar, can be tailored to perfectly suit your wedding ceremony, reception or banquet. With over 500 years of music to choose from, he can guarantee to create a beautiful, sensitive and balanced musical ambience, drawing from early traditional and Celtic styles, through Renaissance and Baroque, to Spanish and contemporary classical music.

Choosing wedding music can be daunting when faced with a large repertoire, so he is always happy to offer assistance and advice in selecting the perfect music for the occasion.

Venues he has performed at in London include The Dorchester, The Langham, Mandarin Oriental, The Hilton Group, The Four Seasons Group, The Great Eastern and the Commonwealth Club, as well as wedding venues throughout the south including The Lainston, Pennyhill Park, Goodwood, Runnymede, Northbrook Park, Farnham Castle and Wiston House. 

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James Kendall - Wedding Guitarist Repertoire

Renaissance & Baroque

  • Adagio - Albinoni
  • Air (Orch. Suite #3) - Bach
  • Bianco Fiore - Negri
  • Bist du Bei Mir –Stölzel / Bach
  • Canaries 1 & 2 – Scottish Renaissance
  • Canon in D - Pachelbel
  • Catena D’Amore - Negri
  • Fantasia - Kellner
  • Galliard #10 – Cutting
  • Greensleeves – English Renaissance
  • Branle de Chevaux – French Renaissance
  • Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring - Bach
  • Largo (Lute Concerto) – Vivaldi
  • Largo (Winter) - Vivaldi
  • Mistress Winter’s Jump - Dowland
  • Pavans 1 & 2 - Milan
  • Preludes 846, 999 & 1007 - Bach
  • Preludium – Dowland
  • Rondeau (from Abdelazar) - Purcell
  • Toccata Arpeggiata - Kapsberger
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
  • Vaghe Belleze - Italian Renaissance
  • Zadok the Priest - Handel

Classical: 19th - 21st Century

  • By Candlelight - York
  • Cavatina - Myers
  • Clair de Lune (excerpt) - Debussy
  • Divenire – Einaudi
  • Gabriel’s Oboe (The Mission) - Morricone
  • Gymnopedie #1 - Satie
  • I Giorni – Einaudi
  • Jupiter (excerpt) – Holst
  • Lettre a la Vieille Angleterre - Dyens
  • Lettre a Soi Meme -  Dyens
  • Lettre Mi-Longue - Dyens
  • Nimrod - Elgar
  • Prelude (Antiga Suite) – Santorsola
  • Preludio – Francaix
  • Squares Suspended - York
  • Wedding March – Mendelssohn
  • Willow - York

Spanish

  • Adagio (Concerto de Aranjuez) – Rodrigo
  • Cancion - Pena
  • Canco del Lladre - Trad. Catalan
  • Capricho Arabe – Tarrega
  • Etude in E minor – Tarrega
  • La Muerte – Sainz de la Maza
  • Lagrima – Tarrega
  • Paseo – Sainz de la Maza
  • Romanza – Anonymous
  • Siguenza - Torroba
  • Soleares - Trad. Flamenco
  • Study in B minor (Op.35 #22) - Sor
  • Tiento Antiguo - Rodrigo

Celtic & Traditional

  • Athair ar Neamh - Enya
  • Brian Boru’s March - Trad. Irish
  • Drummond Castle - Trad. Scottish
  • Farewell to Stromness – Maxwell Davies
  • Harry’s Game - Clannad
  • Haste to the Wedding - Trad. Irish
  • Hector the Hero – Skinner
  • Inisheer - Walsh
  • Joy to the Person - Trad. Scottish
  • May It Be - Enya
  • Ny Kirree Fo Sniaghtey - Trad. Manx
  • Scarborough Fair - Trad. English
  • She Moved Through the Fair - Trad. Irish
  • Si Bheag Si Mhor – O’Carolan
  • The Arran Boat Song – Trad. Scottish
  • The Skye Boat Song – Trad. Scottish
  • Watermark - Enya
  • Wild Mountain Thyme - Trad. Scottish
  • Women of Ireland - Ó Riada

Contemporary

  • Classical Gas – Williams
  • De Ushuaia a la Quiaca -  Santaolalla
  • Fields of Gold - Sting
  • Here Comes the Sun - Harrison
  • Over the Rainbow - Arlen / Harburg
  • Wind of Change- Acoustic Alchemy

James Kendall - Wedding Guitarist Feedback

“Thank you so much. We left the choice of music completely up to you and yet we could not fault it, let alone improved it. It was the ideal music for our small intimate wedding and it enhanced the atmosphere so much. We had a perfect day, thank you.” Wedding – Richmond, Surrey

"When we first heard the music that we wanted in our ceremony it gave us both butterflies. The sound from the 10-string guitar was so delicate and beautiful. When I walked into the room the music was so romantic and was just magical. A perfect level of sound to enhance the occasion. Lots of people commented on how wonderful the music was. We watched our ceremony again recently and it's so lovely to hear the atmosphere. It really made a difference compared to recorded music. I like the fact we tailored the music to suit our ceremony and to make our day so special. I would highly recommend him."
Wedding, Chichester, West Sussex

"Having you as our guitarist was wonderful. We met beforehand so that everything was individually tailored to our tastes.  The ceremonial music was beautiful and timed to the service which took away a lot of worry on the day and the mix of Spanish, classical and contemporary repertoire created a warm ambience which we felt made the occasion even more unique and special. We would definitely highly recommend him."
Wedding Yateley, Surrey

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