Below is a broad selection of films showing some of my work for guitar ensemble. Many of these pieces are popular works, ideal for teachers, amateur groups, music schools and summer schools. Others are suited for professional-level ensembles. Most scores are available for immediate download by clicking the given links. If you would like to ask about an unpublished score, just drop me an email.
Ensemble Arrangements and Compositions
It is important to provide ensemble material for beginners’ ensembles. Arrangements should provide melodic interest for all parts. The music should be comfortable for developing fingers and pentatonic shapes are ideal for this. The right hand must have stability so the arrangement should allow for solid anchoring with either a finger or the thumb. This new arrangement of The Theme From The New World Symphony by Antonio Dvorak addresses all of these issues. The score and parts, in notes and TAB, are available for immediate download here.
This is my new arrangement of the beautiful Peruvian melody El Cóndor Pasa, famously covered by Simon and Garfunkel under the title ‘If I Could’. It is designed for beginner guitar ensembles. There are two guitar one parts provided, one with some of the higher position playing simplified. Other parts are optional as demonstrated in the video. A score and parts are available for immediate download here.
A few weeks ago my family and I were invited to play at a Burn’s Night supper. During the evening I was introduced to this beautiful lament and I knew immediately that it would sit beautifully on two guitars. The score and parts can be downloaded in both notes and TAB here.
This is my arrangement of the beautiful song ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen. In choosing this, I was seeking a song with harmonic depth and melodic integrity. I’m very happy with the result and I think it makes a truly original piece of repertoire for intermediate ensembles. A score and parts are available for immediate download here.
The score and parts to A Scottish Medley are available for immediate download here. It was premiered at The Cawsand Bay Guitarfest in September 2019.
This arrangement of Annie’s Song, by John Denver – one of the most beautiful songs of the folk/pop repertoire is now published by sheetmusicplus. A score and parts are available for immediate download here.
The Sound of Silence is an iconic melody of the 1960’s and one of my most popular arrangements. The sheet music (score and parts) can be downloaded here.
This arrangement of Apache by The Shadows is very versatile. All parts can be performed by all styles of guitarist: classical, acoustic, electric and bass. It also allows electric players to learn a substantial melody rather than simple chords or riffs. The guitar 1 part is provided in both TAB and notes on independent sheets. Guitar 4 is also given in both treble and bass clefs. The entire scoreand parts package is available in a single download here
It struck me that the classically-inspired writing of Procul Harem’s masterpiece A Whiter Shade of Pale would make a terrific arrangement for intermediate-level guitarists. I’m really happy with the result! A score and parts are available for download in one click here.
This version of John Lennon’s Imagine is suitable for first-year guitarists. I have performed it with my pupils many times and it is always very popular with students and audiences alike. A score and parts are available in a single download here.
Hallelujah is another very popular arrangement – designed for early-level guitarists. It is a stunningly beautiful melody and always popular amonst players and audiences alike. A score and parts can be downloaded here.
The River Flows in You is a beautiful, ambient post-modernist piece written by the pianist Yiruma. I have arranged it so that it is idiomatic and comfortable to play on guitars. A score and parts are available here.
This is my newest arrangement Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton. I thought I’d record it on the archtop for the sheer pleasure of it! A score and parts are available here.
This arrangement of Fields of Gold has been performed across Europe. You will find a number of recorded performances on YouTube, including me directing a guitar orchestra at the Chateau de Ligoure in 2012. My home recording is shown below and you can download a score and parts in one click here.
The score and parts for the ensemble version of Carrickfergus (as opposed to the solo version above) can be downloaded here.
The score and parts for Canon on Tongo can be downloaded here. It is a four part canon built on a Polynesian traditional melody and structured on golden section principles. It has been performed at guitar festivals across the UK and France.
The score and parts for El Noi de la Mare can be downloaded here. It has been performed at The Cardiff Guitar Festival.
The score and parts to the Hyon Do Fantasia will be published soon. In the meantime, please contact Dan via the contact page.
The score and parts to Campana Sobre Campana can be downloaded here. It is a beautiful Catalan Christmas melody and this arrangement is suitable for a guitar orchestra featuring all standards of player, from beginners to advanced.
This arrangement of No Matter What is available as a gift from me. Just drop me a message via the contact page and I’ll send you a score and parts in pdf format with no strings attached.