Russell Cottingham - Classical / Popular Guitarist

This artist got into music relatively late when at the age of 13 he discovered grunge, and decided he had to learn guitar. He got a cheap guitar and amp package for his birthday and set about filling the family home with the sound of distorted chords. which was to prove a very important decision for him.

When he moved school the next year, he thought he'd try 'proper' guitar lessons, where he met the most inspirational teacher in Peter Constable, his guitar tutor. The most important thing he instilled in him was a real love for music, which inspired him to practice furiously every day, and he quickly worked through the exam grades, achieving Grade 8 four years later.

He began giving lessons in their upstairs office, and built up a regular client base of pupils from a range of backgrounds and ages. He was sad to leave Music Plus, but university beckoned, and he moved to Liverpool in 1999.

He graduated in 2002 from the University of Liverpool with a BA in Music/Popular music, and for the next two years concentrated on playing in bands, teaching, and finding his first jobs playing classical guitar at small functions and weddings. When his band disbanded, he decided to concentrate more on building up his teaching and solo work, which eventually led to him studying for a PGCE in Secondary Music at Edge Hill University.

His experiences in studying, making and teaching music have formed him into the musician and educator today. While his main background is in classical guitar teaching and performance, his music making over the last ten years has included indie, rock, samba, electronica, country and bluegrass. he write, record and perform music all the time, and have developed his skills in music technology, which have in turn fed back into his teaching.


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Russell Cottingham - Classical / Popular Guitarist Repertoire

Medieval and Renaissance (up to around 1750)

  • Queen Elizabeth's Galliard - Dowland
  • Fortune My Foe - Dowland
  • Melancholy Galliard - Dowland
  • Lachrimae Pavane - Dowland
  • Aria con variazioni - Frescobaldi
  • Greensleeves - Cutting
  • Pavana - Gaspar Sanz
  • Merry Melanchollie - Thomas Robinson
  • The Sinckpace Galliarde - Willam Ballet's lute book
  • Passacaille - Sanz
  • Folias - Sanz
  • Passacaille - Weiss
  • Petite Suite in Re Minor - De Visee

Baroque, Classical and Romantic Music (around 1750 to1900)

  • Sonata in A major - Scarlatti
  • D minor Prelude - J. S. Bach
  • Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - J. S. Bach
  • Prelude in D for Cello - J. S. Bach
  • Air on a G string - J. S. Bach
  • Allemande From Lute Suite in Eminor - Bach
  • Canon in D - Pachelbel
  • A large selection of works in the classical style by Carulli, Guiliani and Sor - (too many to list!)
  • Variations on a Theme of Mozart - Fernando Sor
  • Al Malvina - Mertz
  • Mazurka - Tarrega
  • Recuerdos de La Alhambra - Tarrega
  • Marieta - Tarrega
  • Lagrima - Tarrega
  • Adelita Capricho Arabe - Tarrega
  • Pavane - Ravel
  • Sicilienne - Faure

Spanish and Latin

  • Asturias - Albeniz
  • Tango - Albeniz
  • Canarios - Gaspar Sanz
  • La Gatica - Lauro
  • El Negrito - Lauro
  • Vals Venezuelos - Lauro
  • El Testamen De 'Amelia - Anon
  • En Noi De La Mare - Llobet
  • Studies and Preludes - Villa-Lobos
  • Choros - Villa-Lobos
  • Suite Populaire Bresilienne - Villa-Lobos
  • Romanza - Anon
  • Canciones Populares Mexicanas - Ponce


  • Cavatina - Stanley Myers
  • Amazing Grace - Trad
  • Glory Hallelujah - Trad
  • Swing Low - Trad
  • Sweet Chariot - Trad
  • As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld
  • Blue Moon - Hart and Rodgers
  • Over The Rainbow - E.Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen
  • Summertime - George Gershwin
  • Something Stupid - C. Carson Parks
  • Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
  • Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
  • Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
  • Amazed - Lone Star
  • One Day Like This - Elbow
  • Theme from Titanic - Horner
  • Hey Jude - The Beatles
  • Let it Be - The Beatles
  • With a LIttle Help From my Friends - The Beatles
  • Yesterday - The Beatles
  • Here There and Everywhere - The Beatles
  • Blackbird - The Beatles
  • Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
  • Walking in the Air - Howard Blake

Russell Cottingham - Classical / Popular Guitarist Feedback

Hi Geoff, thanks for helping to sort the booking at such late notice. The recording session went really well and he did a brilliant job. He was both smartly presented and punctual, as well as very willing and able to take direction. The booking process was very smooth and your communication was great. Many thanks

Kamal Kamruddin, Eiger Studios, Leeds, (April, 2014)

I'm so glad you have got in touch because we would love to tell you how pleased we were with the guitarist, his performance and the whole process. From initial enquiry, including our special requests, through to his performance on the day we cannot fault it. He was helpful, friendly, and very professional. We wished we could have spent more time enjoying his performance but it was a fairly hectic day! He has even emailed since the day wishing us all the best in our future and offering to do some further studio recordings for our videography if required. We could not fault him. He went over and above what we expected and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. He was an important part of what made our wedding day absolutely perfect. Many Thanks

Rebecca Dawson, (September, 2014)

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