Mark Shurey | Ceremonial (Spanish Guitar for Weddings)

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Ceremonial (Spanish Guitar for Weddings)

by Mark Shurey

Classical romantic arrangements of popular traditional themes for weddings and ceremonies on Spanish guitar.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prelude from Cello Suite No.1
2:30 $0.99
2. Recuerdos De La Alhambra
3:47 $0.99
3. Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring
2:25 $0.99
4. Romanza Anonima
2:28 $0.99
5. Canon in D Major
3:11 $0.99
6. Estudio No. 5
2:57 $0.99
7. Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
2:34 $0.99
8. Andantino
2:25 $0.99
9. O Lord My God. How Great Thou Art.
1:53 $0.99
10. Air On The G String
4:11 $0.99
11. Lord Of All Hopefulness
1:51 $0.99
12. Ave Maria
4:09 $0.99
13. Greensleeves
1:36 $0.99
14. Wedding March
2:34 $0.99
15. Willson's Wilde
1:33 $0.99
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Mark Shurey has been fascinated by the guitar since he first saw one when he was 10 years old. A chance meeting with John Williams at age 12 inspired him to become a student of the classical guitar; however, it was not until 8 years later that he became infatuated with flamenco after seeing a concert by the legendary Paco de Lucia.

After studying with English flamenco guitarists Steve Homes and Mike Jingle, he traveled around Europe in caravans with a gypsy family accompanying dancers for the flamenco dance troupe "Zambra". He then formed a flamenco-jazz fusion duo with Latin jazz guitarist Simon Attwood, who he performed with for 2 years.

When he was 27, Mark left his native England and moved to Spain to learn flamenco from the gypsies of Andalucia. There he earned the gypsy name "pimientito". He studied 2 years with gypsy maestro Ricardo de la Juana and befriended many players and guitar makers. He studied a further 2 years accommpanying guitar for dancers in one of the flamenco dance schools in the Sacromonte caves, Granada. In the last 5 years Mark has furthered his studies with Gerardo Nuñez who is currently the top flamenco player in Spain, and is the only English Guitarist in the world to receive 5 diplomas in guitar technique from this master. He currently resides in Granada.

Apart from regular concerts and recitals throughout Andalucia, Mark has performed at many of the large music festivals in England, Ireland, France and Holland. He has written the music for two Lorca stage productions, "Yerma" and "The Millers Wife", and made many appearances for radio and TV. He has given lectures on the history of the guitar and on the development of flamenco music in the United Kingdom, Spain, and in the United States.

In 2009 Mark was featured in the BBC radio 4 show "musical migrants", a documentary about his life and personal experiences in the flamenco world.

Mark is frequently asked to perform at weddings in Spain playing both flamenco and classical music. The album Ceremonial is a collection of the most popular and frequently requested classical themes. Produced by Harold Burgon of Andalamusica and released by Spanish Records in 2011 it is the ideal music collection for playing at any wedding or special ceremony.

Ceremonial can also be ordered from Spanish Records with a personalised cover with a picture of the bride and groom and details of the ceremony. In Spain it is customary for newly weds to give their guests a gift and many couples have found a personalised music CD to be an ideal memento with which to remember their special day.



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Sue Jones

A Beautiful Compilation
I loved this selection of classical guitar pieces. Exquisitely played and beautifully produced. I recommend this album to everyone who loves Spanish guitar. And if you are looking for something distinctive and unique for a wedding ceremony, or even a special wedding gift, this album is the perfect choice.

Theresa Guthrie

Fabulous music for weddings
I have worked with Mark for many years. I am a wedding planner in Spain and Mark often plays at the weddings. He is fantastic live and it is great to now have a recorded sample of his work. I would recomend this CD to any guitar lovers and especially if you want some music on your special wedding day.