Ken Hinchley - Classical / Celtic Guitarist

He has performed on several other radio and TV programmes and at a huge number of concert, festival, wedding and other venues. An experienced teacher, he has published several books of his guitar arrangements and worked as arranger and musician with theatre companies.

As well as the standard Classical and Romantic repertoires, his range includes Mediaeval and Renaissance music, particularly the work of Dowland and other lute-composers of the 16th and 17th centuries. He is especially well-known for his arrangements of old Celtic harp music from the same period, and this older "minstrels' gallery" music has proved popular and effective as atmospheric background for weddings and other events.

Available throughout the UK, this guitarist is especially experienced at programming and improvising varied music to suit different parts of a wedding day – the bride’s arrival and departure and the service itself, the drinks reception (indoor or outdoor) and the wedding meal.  Here his versatility comes into its own, with modern styles including blues, bossa nova, ragtime, jazz standards and original compositions in a number of genres

He is especially experienced at programming varied background music to suit different parts of a wedding day – the bride’s arrival and departure and the service itself , the drinks reception (indoor or outdoor) and the wedding meal.

"Hugely impressive and beautifully evocative arrangements . Haunting, superbly atmospheric and consistently engaging. He is a guitarist to savour." Rock 'n' Reel

"A fine, tasteful and skilful player ... An excellent set." Folk Roots

"First class arranging and harmonic design ... rich and atmospheric." The Living Tradition

"Ringing, harp-like texture." Acoustic Guitar (USA)


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Ken Hinchley - Classical / Celtic Guitarist Repertoire

Renaissance and Baroque

  • Alman : My Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe  (John Dowland)
  • Lute Galliard (Anthony Holborne)
  • The Night Watch (Holborne)
  • Pavan : The Earl Of Salisbury (William Byrd)
  • La Volta / Kemp’s Jig (Anon)
  • Mistress Taylor’s Galliard (Philip Rosseter)
  • Allemande from the 1st cello suite (J.S.Bach)
  • Gavotte en Rondeau (Bach)
  • The Countess Of Pembroke’s Paradise (Holborne)
  • Pavanas  (Luis Milan)
  • Greensleeves Variations (Hinchliffe)
  • Capt.Digorie Piper’s Galliard (Dowland)
  • Espanoletas  (Gaspar Sanz)
  • Minuets From  “Musick’s Handmaid”  (Purcell)
  • Bonnie Sweet Robin (Thomas Robinson)
  • Prelude in G (Silvius Leopold Weiss)

Celtic Music

  • Lord Inchiquin (O’Carolan)
  • Carolan’s Concerto
  • Carolan’s Dream
  • The Sheep under the Snow (Manx)
  • The Lark in the Clear Air (Irish)
  • A Honey’d Lip (Welsh)
  • Port Atholl (Scots)
  • Lord Mayo (Irish)
  • Mrs Jamieson’s Favourite (Scots)
  • Chapel Keithack (Scots)
  • Believe me if all those Endearing Young Charms (Irish)

Later Classical / Spanish/ Latin

  • Armida  (Antonio Lauro ,Venezuelan)
  • Vals Criollio (Lauro)
  • Five Preludes (Heitor Villa-Lobos ,Brazilian)
  • Schottische-Choro (Villa-Lobos)
  • Romanza De Los Pinos ( F. Moreno-Torroba)
  • Alba de Tormes (Torroba)
  • Burgalesa (Torroba)
  • Cantilena (Keith Hinchliffe)
  • Aeolia (Keith Hinchliffe)
  • Desafinado (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Brazilian)
  • The Girl From Ipanama (Jobim)
  • Corcovado (Jobim)
  • One-Note Samba (Jobim)

Jazz Standards, Romantic Songs etc.

  • Every Time We Say Goodbye (Cole Porter)
  • Misty (Erroll Garner)
  • Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love (Porter)
  • Night And Day (Porter)
  • Just One Of Those Things (Porter)
  • Isn't It A Lovely Day? (Irving Berlin)
  • Blue Skies (Irving Berlin)
  • Blue Moon ( Lorenz And Hart)
  • Georgia on my Mind (Hoagy Carmichael)
  • Moon River (Mercer/Mancini)
  • Over the Rainbow ( Harold Arlen)
  • The Man I Love (Gershwin)
  • The Shadow of your Smile ( Mandel/Webster)
  • My Funny Valentine (Rodgers/Hart)
  • When I Fall in Love (Young/Heyman)
  • Making Whoopee (Gus Kahn)
  • Here, There and Everywhere (Lennon/McCartney)
  • In my Life (Lennon/McCartney)
  • Here Comes the Sun (Harrison)
  • And I Love Her (Lennon/McCartney)
  • If I Fell (Lennon/McCartney)
  • Moonlight Serenade (Miller)
  • The Entertainer (Joplin)
  • Silver Swan (Joplin)
  • Summertime (Gershwin)

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