News from 2018...

September 2018

Concert - October 6th...

Fusion in Concert - Bedhampton 2018

"fusion" - a quartet featuring Gilly Slot, Lisa Wheadon, Derek Hasted and Claire Whiteside - is performing "Light Music for Dark Evenings" - a family-friendly evening of gentle music.

It's on October 6th - more details here...

Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire

 

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"The Christmas Song"?

 

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"The Christmas Song" for four guitars or a large ensemble

This is a very accessible arrangement of the evocative "Christmas Song", which is much better known as "Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire"

 

It's based on the version played at my Guitar Workshopand the chromatic harmonies which sound so complex are actually very easy to play when the workload is split four ways amongsth the players!

 

 

 

 

 

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You'll find it listed under "Christmas music"

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

 

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"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"?

 

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"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" for four guitars or a large ensemble

This is a very accessible arrangement of this lovely little Christmas piece.

Guitar One is slightly more complicated than the other parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You'll find it listed under "Christmas music"

Waking In The Air (from The Snowman)

 

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"Walking In The Air"?

 

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"Walking In The Air" for four guitars or a large ensemble

This is a very accessible arrangement of the wonderfully haunting song "Walking In The Air" from the film "The Snowman".

 

It's based on the version played at my Guitar Workshop, but this version has just one more section added, to make it faithful to the original. The music is in full score and parts and there are no page-turns in the parts.

 

 

 

 

 

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You'll find it listed under "Christmas music"

Let It Snow! for 4 guitars

 

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"Let It Snow"?

 

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"Let It Snow" for four guitars or a large ensemble

With Christmas in mind (OK, I know it's only October, but we need time to practise...) here's a really fun Christmas piece - it's in copyright, but this is a legal arrangement, and your purchase will ensure that royalties go to the copyright holder...

 

This is an easy arrangement that players with limited experience can enjoy and perform. But in the hands of more experienced players who are confident up the neck, the music has a sweetness of tone that is quite compelling. Click on the picture and follow the link - you'll end up able to hear a 30 second recording.

 

 

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Rhode Island All-State concert

Rhode Island

I was both delighted and, I admit, surprised, to receive a video from Wayne Kilcline of the Rhode Island Music Education Association - it showcased their concert late last year and featured two of my ensemble pieces : "Penultimate Waltz" and the very popular "Tutu Tango", which feature in "Diff'rent Dances Book 2" and Book 1, respectively.

I have to say the performances were amongst the best I've heard!

 

You can buy copies of the two books in my shop.

Lessons for you...

Guitar Lessons with Derek Hasted

If you are looking for private guitar lessons, either as a beginner or someone wanting coaching at a higher level, then pop over to my teaching website and look at the latest vacancies I have - but hurry, there aren't many!

Bedhampton Village Sign

John Keats's famous poem "To Autumn" begins "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness".

Autumn is when people think of a new hobby for the increasingly dark evenings.

Well, how about learning to play guitar?

If you want to learn nylon-strung guitar, or you already play but you want to lift your musicality and repertoire to new heights, well pop over to my teaching website and see what's on offer!

 

I teach in Bedhampton - John Keats stayed in Bedhampton... It was in the Old Mill House where Keats finished his poem "The Eve of St. Agnes" in 1819, and in 1820 he spent his last night in England. Keats is commemorated in the Bedhampton Village Sign, situated at the Social Hall.

The inscription reads

"Its loveliness increases;
It will never pass into nothingness; ...

From Book 1 of the Endymion - John Keats 1795 - 1821 "

August 2018

I'm starting to arrange music for fusion's full-length concerts in October - more news soon!

July 2018

The Rose (Bette Midler) - arranged Derek Hasted for guitar quartet

 

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"The Rose"?

 

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"The Rose" (Bette Midler) for four guitars or a large ensemble

This is a very accessible arrangement of the wonderfully haunting song "The Rose" by Amanda McBroom (made famous by Bette Midler).

 

Laid out in the same key as the original, this is an easy arrangement that players with limited experience can enjoy and perform. But in the hands of more experienced players who are confident up the neck, the music has a sweetness of tone that is quite compelling. Click on the picture and follow the link - you'll end up able to hear a 30 second recording, and the last few seconds of that will explain what I mean about a sweet tone.

 

 

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Music downloads - July 12th

As well as July 12th being a great day for fund-raising (see next story), it is also the day that I've sold the most music as instant downloads. There's music for 1,2,3,4 and 5 guitars and for flute & guitar

Workshop rehearsing for their concert

Guitar Workshop concert - July 12th

My Guitar Workshop gave a concert on July 12th in aid of the Southampton Festival of Music and Drama. I'm delighted to share the good news that we raised £517 towards their fund-raising appeal.

Thank you to all my players, and you, the audience, for making it such a success.

Where Is Love - Oliver - for Classical Guitar

 

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"Where Is Love"?

 

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"Where Is Love?" from "Oliver" for flute and guitar

This is a very accessible arrangement of the wonderfully haunting song from the Stage Show "Oliver".

 

Using familiar shapes, this slow, gentle, piece slowly builds before it fades away. It's a lovely piece and the sustain of the flute mingle with the sweet tones of the classical guitar to make a magical rendition.

 

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Derek Hasted's Student Concert 2018 - the players

Student Summer Concert and Social - 7th July

It was the hottest day of the year so far, and by all accounts the hottest Student concert we've ever had!

 

The Small Hall at Lovedean Village Hall was pretty much packed with players and audience for the 8th Student Summer concert and social.

 

The short concert was followed by something MUCH more important - wine & nibbles and a chance to chat with fellow students.

 

See the programme and a larger photo here...

 

 

Where Is Love - Oliver - for Classical Guitar

 

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"Where Is Love"?

 

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"Where Is Love?" from "Oliver" by Lionel Bart for solo guitar

This is a very accessible arrangement of the wonderfully haunting song from the Stage Show "Oliver".

 

Using familiar shapes, this slow, gentle, piece slowly builds before it fades away. It's a lovely piece and the sweet tones of the classical guitar make a magical solo rendition.

 

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Sunrise Sunset for 4 guitars

 

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"Sunrise, Sunset"?

 

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Sunrise, Sunset from "Fiddler on the Roof"

This is a very accessible arrangement of the wonderfully haunting song from the Stage Show "Fiddler on the Roof".

 

This piece has featured in quite a few of the Hampshire Guitar Orchestra concerts and it's always delighted the audience. Read more about Sunrise, Sunset here..

 

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June 2018

The Incredible Hulk for 2 guitars

 

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"The Incredible Hulk"?

 

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Theme from "The Incredible Hulk"

It's been a long time coming but I have finally secured Copyright Clearance to publish my arrangement of the theme from The Incredible Hulk - a haunting piece by Joe Harnell, with the actual title of "The Lonely Man".

 

This music has featured in quite a few of my concerts and it's always surprised and delighted the audience. Read more about The Incredible Hulk Theme here..

 

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Where Is Love for Guitar Quintet

 

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"Where Is Love"?

 

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"Where Is Love?" from the stage show Oliver

I'm delighted to tell you that my arrangement of Lionel Bart's haunting "Where Is Love?" is available for instant download.

The music begins with just some of the ensemble playing, and it builds into a massive wall of sound - read more about Where Is Love? here..

 

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You Needed Me for 5 guitars

 

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"You Needed Me?

 

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You Needed Me

I'm delighted to tell you that my arrangement of You Needed Me (as sung by Anne Murray) is available for instant download.

This version is almost identical to the version that Hampshire Guitar Orchestra played in concert - read more about You Needed Me here..

 

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Eternal Flame for Guitar Quartet

 

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The Bangles - "Eternal Flame"

I'm delighted to tell you that my arrangement of The Bangles' "Eternal Flame" is available for instant download.

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra frequently played this piece and it's a concert audience pleaser - read more about Eternal Flame here..

 

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If You Leave Me now - arragned by Derek Hasted

 

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"If You Leave Me Now?

 

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Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now"

I'm delighted to tell you that my arrangement of Peter Cetera's "If You Leave Me Now" is available for instant download.

The music has an interesting twist that turns a straightforward piece into a concert audience pleaser - read more about If You Leave Me Now here..

 

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Love Hurts - arranged Derek Hasted

 

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"Love Hurts" ?

 

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"Love Hurts" - The Everly Brothers and more...

My arrangement of Boudleaux Bryant's "Love Hurts" is now available for instant download.

Made famous by The Everly Brothers, Jim Capaldi and many others, this is a really easy yet satisfying arrangement for 4 guitars or a larger ensemble.

 

Read more about Love Hurts here

 

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Love Me Tender with a twist

 

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"Love Me Tender"?

 

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"Love Me Tender" (with a twist!)

I'm delighted to tell you that my arrangement of Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" is available for instant download.

The music has an interesting twist that turns a straightforward piece into a concert audience pleaser - read more about Love Me Tender here..

 

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Recycling

I'm as concerned as the next person (that person was VERY concerned) about pollution, wastage and the scarcity of resources. With that in mind I have published my recycling policy which you can read here

News from Australia

I've received the following email from a teacher in Dubbo, Australia...

"I would like to let you know that my trios cleaned up at yesterday's Eisteddfod performance, placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd (this was their first ever appearance anywhere) and earned glowing praise from the adjudicator for their reading of your arrangement. Many thanks once again!"

And that arrangement was English Country Garden - a free download for 3 guitars, here on my website.

Breakfast in America

 

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"Breakfast In America"?

 

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"Breakfast In America" - a new arrangement for you...

I'm delighted to tell you that my arrangement of Roger Hodgson's "Breakfast in America" for 4 guitars (or large ensemble) is now for sale. This is a real crowd-pleaser, and not just for Supertramp fans!

More about Breakfast In America here..

 

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Stop Press - I've also arranged a duo version of Breakfast In America for Flute & Guitar!

Forthcoming concert

Advance notice that my Guitar Workshop is holding another little informal concert on Thursday July 12th at St Nicholas, Belmont Grove Bedhampton. We're raising much-needed funds to support the work of the Southampton Festival of Music and Drama - one of the oldest in the UK.

Lately - Stevie Wonder arr Derek Hasted

 

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"Lately"?

 

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Stevie Wonder's "Lately" for classical guitar ensemble

I'm delighted to tell you that my arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Lately" for 5 guitars (or large ensemble) is now for sale.

 

Read more about Lately here

 

See and hear a snippet it in my Downloads page and click to buy a PDF of the score and parts ready for instant download...

May 2018

Forrest Gump arr Derek Hasted

 

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"The Feather Theme"?

 

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"The Feather Theme" from the film "Forrest Gump"

I'm delighted to tell you that my arrangement of "The Feather Theme" (the music over the opening sequence of the film Forrest Gump) is now for sale - it's written for two flutes (or similar melody instruments) and classical guitar, and it's a great match for these instruments!

 

Look for it in my Downloads page and click to buy the download...

 

I've also written a version of The Feather Theme for three guitars too

GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25th. Unless you have given me consent to keep your contact details, I can't let you know about local events and my concerts, except through this news page, so do please check back here regularly...

Derek Hasted's website at www.hasted.me.uk

New website

I've created a top-level website at hasted.me.uk It's a good reference place if you're not sure which of my 4 websites you are looking for!

I've moved my websites to another hosting provider following a really awful upgrade by the provider I've used for the last 18 years.

The Contact Forms are sometimes very slow to process once you press Send, but that apart, we're back in business at this website, the Workshop website, the Hago website and my Teaching website.

String of Pearls arr Derek Hasted

 

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"String Of Pearls"?

 

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"String of Pearls" - 30 years of my Guitar Workshop!

Last Thursday, my Guitar Workshop celebrated its Pearl Anniversary - 30 years of ensemble music making in South East Hampshire!

I arranged the Glenn Miller version of "String of Pearls" for the occasion.

 

If you live too far away to drop into Workshop, you can purchase a copy as an electronic download - contains full score and parts. It's arranged for four guitars (or large ensemble) and it's accessible and fun to play.

Read a little more about String Of Pearls here.

 

Look for it in my Downloads page and click to buy the download...

April 2018

Workshop's 30th birthday

On April 26th, my Guitar Workshop met for the start of the Summer Term and to celebrate our Pearl Anniversary, with wine, cake and a new arrangement of "String of Pearls" (made famous by Glenn Miller).

For larger photos, pop across to the Workshop Website's Story Page

See the story below - we've been invited to play at the Southampton Music Festival closing concert on Sunday 22nd April - concert starts 7:30pm

Lisa, Gilly, Derek, Claire at Southampton Music Festival

It was a thrill to play "The Feather Theme" from Forrest Gump, and "Driftless" by John Goodin at today's Music Festival in Southampton.

It was a bigger thrill to win the "Music In Print" Cup for the best ensemble performance.

My thanks to Lisa, Gilly and Claire for a performance on flute, two guitars and double bass that the adjudicator described as "I really enjoyed your performance... there is a lovely feel in the playing and the combination of instruments is very pleasing. Lovely"

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Music for sale!

There's a new video on the Hampshire Guitar Orchestra YouTube page that showcases some of the HAGO arrangements that I have re-worked to suit a standard guitar quartet or large ensemble.

 

You can download any of the arrangements via this link on my site...

 

I've given a small facelift to my Guitar Workshop website ready for Workshop's 30th anniversary at the end of April

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March 2018

Southampton Music Festival (see the news below) is postponed until 15th April. My quartet is looking forward to playing our two pieces again!

Classical Guitar Lessons - Derek Hasted - one-to-one tuition

Looking for lessons?

I've updated my teaching website with the vacant slots I'll have after Easter.

First come, first served - enquire now!

Looking forward to the Southampton Music Festival at Thornden Hall on 18th March.

I'll be playing in a quartet late in the afternoon.

Congratulations to my solo student Kai, who won the Vice-Chairman's Cup in yesterday's Portsmouth Music Festival!

Derek, Gilly, Lisa and Claire at PMF

I put together a quartet and arranged two pieces of music for it to play at the Portsmouth Music Festival. We won our class (but I'd better be honest and say we were the only entry in the "Guitar and other instruments" category!)

Here's a photo of Gilly (flute), Lisa (guitar) and Claire (double bass) along with yours truly.

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Viv and the team

Later in the afternoon at Portsmouth Music Festival six fellow guitarists (Viv, Jana, Caroline, Aurora, James and Jenny) played three of my compositions in the "Guitar Ensemble" category, finishing just a mark behind the section winners.

You Raise Me Up (flute and guitar or two guitars)

The fastest selling arrangement of mine at the moment is for flute and guitar (though it's also available for two guitars) - it's "You Raise Me Up" and you can listen and see some of the score on the SMP website....

 

For a complete list of my contemporary downloads (including flute and guitar duets), visit this page on my website...

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February 2018

You'll see a new and fresh look starting to appear on this website to celebrate its forthcoming 20th anniversary.

All the existing pages are still tucked away, but the free music, the music shop and the free Mini-Masterclasses all have a new, clean appearance.

Looking forward to the Portsmouth Music Festival at Park Community School on 3rd March.

I'll be playing in a quartet, some guitar friends of mine are playing three of my compositions, and two of my students are competing too.

Since Christmas, I've arranged a number of contemporary pieces for 2-5 guitars. They're all legal, with copyright clearance, and you can purchase them as PDF downloads at this link

The latest is Viva La Vida - read more here

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