Rory Russell

Classical Guitarist

The beautiful sound of the Spanish guitar is synonymous with romance and is perfect as an accompaniment to a huge range of events.


Rory Russell is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (with a first class BMus (Hons)) where he studied under the tuition of Craig Ogden and Gordon Crosskey.

Rory’s primary work is as a member of the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet with whom he has performed extensively throughout Britain and abroad in venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Athens’ music conservatoire. They appear regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 and have had features on them in Gramophone, BBC Music, Classic FM & Classical Music magazines. In 2009 they were signed to Chandos Records and received widespread acclaim for their first release ‘Spirit of Brazil’. Their second CD for Chandos ‘Dances’ was released on the 1st July 2010 and has been featured on the Classic FM play list in Britain and Australia. ‘Final Cut’ (film music for 4 guitars) was released in 2012 and is a regular on BBC radio 3 and Classic FM and Cuatro, a new CD of Spanish music was released in 2013.

Rory has appeared with Orchestra’s around the UK to perform concertos including Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, the Malcolm Arnold Concerto and Vivaldi’s Concerto in D major. In 2007 Rory was the winner of the John Fussell Trust Fund Competition at the Swansea Festival.

Rory is a tutor of guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Manchester University.

Rory plays a huge variety of styles of music from classical to Spanish and Latin. He is the perfect accompaniment to a drinks reception, a wedding ceremony or even for an evening recital. He travels nationwide.


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“...Rory Russell is a name to remember...”

Classical Guitar Magazine

“…Rory Russell was a revelation…”

South Wales Evening Post


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