Acoustic Guitarist – Declan

Acoustic Guitarist – Declan

Absolutely stunning. Declan Zapala is part of an innovative new wave of concert guitarists, writing and performing music that explores new avenues in guitar technique whilst maintaining a close relationship with the traditions of the guitar’s vast repertoire.

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Described by BBC Radio 3’s Max Reinhardt as “virtuosic and committed, with stunning sonic awareness”, Declan Zapala was born into a musical family in Watford in 1985 and first started learning the guitar at the age of 10. In his subsequent 20 years as a guitarist, he has performed on BBC Four television, as well as BBC Radio 3, and has performed internationally, achieving great success as a solo artist for his unique and innovative classical & percussive guitar concerts. Declan regularly performs at international Fringe festivals, and has received numerous ★★★★★ reviews worldwide for his sell-out solo shows.


Asturias (Leyanda) - Isaac Albéniz
Homenaje - Manuel De Falla
Dance of the Corregidor - Manuel de Falla
Dance of the Miller - Manuel de Falla
Capricho Árabe - Francisco Tárrega
Gran Vals - Francisco Tárrega

A Day in November - Leo Brouwer
Deux Airs Populaires - Leo Brouwer
Deux Themes Populaires Cubains - Leo Brouwer
Felicidade - A.C. Jobim
Dansa Brasilera - Jorge Morel
Sons de Carrilhoes (The Sound of Bells) - João Pernambuco
Cinq Preludes - Heitor Villa-lobos
Etude No.11 - Heitor Villa-lobos

A Fancy - John Dowland
Forlorn Hope Fancy - John Dowland

Air on a G String - J.S. Bach
Cello suite No.1 (BWV 1007) - J.S. Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach
Lute Suite in E minor (BWV 996) - J.S. Bach
Prelude, Fugue, & Allegro (BWV 998) - J.S. Bach

Bridal March - Richard Wagner
Clair de Lune - Claude Debussy
La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin - Claude Debussy
I Giorni - Ludovico Einaudi
Salut D'Amour - Edward Elgar
Pavane - Gabriel Faure
Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn
Gabriel's Oboe (from 'The Mission') - Ennio Morricone
Canon in D major - Johann Pachelbel
Verano Porteno (Tango) - Astor Piazzolla
Gnossienne No.1 - Erik Satie
Gymnopedie No.1 - Erik Satie
Gymnopedie No.3 - Erik Satie
Ave Maria - Franz Schubert
Sonata L.483 - Domenico Scarlatti

Six Balkan Miniatures - Dusan Bogdanovic
Nocturnal - Benjamin Britten
Elogio de la Danza - Leo Brouwer
Koyunbaba - Carlos Domeniconi
Hommage a Villa-lobos - Roland Dyens
Songe Capricorne - Roland Dyens
Albino - Thomas Leeb
Sonatina Meridional - Manuel M. Ponce
Angel - Eric Roche
The Per-U-Lator - Eric Roche
Roundabout - Eric Roche
Steel Road - Eric Roche
Impromptus - Sir Richard Rodney-Bennet
Scenes from the Wild West - Gary Ryan
La Passione - Andrea Talmelli
All in Twilight - Toru Takemitsu
Sonata ("Omaggio a Boccherini") - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Broken Rhapsody - Declan Zapala
Crystal - Declan Zapala
Philomena - Declan Zapala


Make you Feel My Love - Adele (written by Bob Dylan)
Down by the Sally Gardens - Anon (Trad. Irish)
Kissing You - Des'ree
She Moved Through the Fair - Padraic Colum & Herbert Hughes
All you Need is Love - John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Here Comes the Sun - John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Wild Mountain Thyme - Francis McPeake
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
No one - Alicia Keys
Marry Me - Train
Neon- John Mayer
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room - John Mayer
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Three Times a Lady - Lionel Richie



I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free - Nina Simone/Billy Taylor
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
The Girl from Ipanema - A.C. Jobim
Nuages - Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grapelli
Solid as a Rock - Ella Fitzgerald
Can't Take That Away From Me - George Gershwin
All The Things You Are - Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein
Fly Me to the Moon - Bart Howard
All of Me - Seymour Simons & Gerald M

'Can t recommend Declan highly enough. Such a talent. Played beautifully at my husband s 80th birthday party. Charming and pleasant young man who responded quickly to any e mail telephone enquiries, easy contract details. Music thoroughly enjoyed by all our guests age range from 5 to 80. Don t hesitate to hire him - you will be in for a treat. We asked him to do a short performance as it seemed a waste to only use him for background music. So glad we did - it was the highlight of our afternoon.'
Barbara Sved (80th birthday party) 10/10

Thanks Dec for a great performance at our wedding. The music was brilliant & helped make our ceremony & drinks reception even more special! All of our guests were also very impressed & thought you and Louise were extremely talented! Thanks so much...
Natalie Foster 10/10
'What a Brilliant Guy!!! Thanks so much Declan for being part of our day and playing so beautifully. It really set the perfect tone, no pun intended : ), and gave us memories we will always cherish. Wishing you all the best. Yasin and Laura'
Yasin Haleem 10/10
Declan was an absolute star at our open day. He is polite, friendly and so talented. If you are looking for entertainment for any event then seriously look no further. Highly recommended. Good luck for the future and please let me know when your album is out. Many thanks
Trudie (ADAPT ems ) 10/10
An absolute triumph. Both Declan (guitar)and Louise (violin) pitched the music perfectly and all of my 55 guests were hugely enamoured. Their contribution was crucial in making my 70th birthday tea a truly memorable event. I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending them. Apart from their intelligent choice of music and their perfect playing, both were delightful and accommodating company. Absolute winners!
Antony Godfrey 10/10

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