About Derek Macrae - Guitarist
The classical guitar of Derek Macrae will create an atmosphere that is elegant, sophisticated, and intimate – perfect for that dream wedding you have been planning for weeks! Derek has more than 20 years of experience playing and performing on the guitar, both as a soloist and as a part of various musical groups. His extensive musical education includes studying guitar at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Derek is a personable and talented musician who would like to help you make your wedding day truly fantastic.
Derek performs many types of music, ranging from Baroque, Renaissance, and Spanish Classical period pieces to Celtic, flamenco, and contemporary popular music. Using a sound system to amplify the sound of his guitar, Derek carefully tailors the volume of music to the size of the room and the number of guests present. He ensures that each guest is able to hear and enjoy the music while still being able to engage in conversation.
In addition to weddings, Derek loves lending his talents to entertaining crowds at anniversaries, baby showers, birthdays, bridal showers, corporate events, engagement parties, holiday parties, and memorials.
Derek is based in Oakville but he performs in Toronto and the GTA, including:
The classical guitar is particularily well suited to the GTA's historic wedding venues, such as the Ancaster Mill, The Torono Old Mill, Elora Mill, Paletta Mansion and the Millcroft Inn.
Some venues benefit greatly from battery powered amplification. Derek uses his battery powered Bose S1 Pro system for such venues as the Toronto Distillery District, and the Kortright Centre.
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Kimberly Kyle · Married on 22/07/2017
Derek was great! He was no-stress, all professionalism and with everything to worry about when planning a wedding, was a welcomed addition to our ceremony.Sent on 24/07/2017
He always responded quickly to any questions we had, on the day he coordinated with the officiant on timing and just handled everything perfectly. We realized there were many service providers we had to manage and Derek was not one them (something that you learn to truly appreciate!!)
We would highly recommend him!!!
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katrina walper · Married on 13/06/2015
Derek was great to deal with leading up to the wedding. He got back to me right away on my multiple emails and he was super flexible. I found a number of music selections on youtube that I wanted played during the ceremony and most of them were already in his repertoire, but the ones that weren't he learned for my wedding. He arrived with plenty of time to spare on the day of and I had a few of my guests comment on his playing. I unfortunately didn't get to listen much to his playing.Sent on 07/07/2015
Kyla Drewette · Married on 12/09/2014
Derek played acoustic guitar for our ceremony at Archeo in the Distillery District on Friday, September 12.Sent on 06/10/2014
Derek was very helpful during the planning process. We chose a lot of the ceremony songs based on the list of available songs on his website, but for my entrance, I wanted a Cranberries song that he hadn't played before. This wasn't a problem though! Derek learned the song and even played it for us over the phone a week before the wedding so that we could be sure that we liked it.
The day of the wedding, Derek arrived on time with his equipment and did a wonderful job. He played while guests arrived and then during the ceremony too. I have to admit that I was so busy that I never got to say "hi" to him or thank him personally, but we were very happy with his service and the price was reasonable too.
Greg Hammond · Married on 08/10/2011
Derek is great! Very easy to work with, and extremely flexible with the type of music you would like. We had Derek play the music for our ceremony, and then for another hour during the cocktail hour. My only complaint is that I missed most of his playing welll we were having our photos done.Sent on 10/02/2012
We had a short brunch wedding and had Derek play for the entire thing. Derek was really wonderful and easy to work with. He made great suggestions for the song choices in the ceremony when we asked for ideas. We gave him a small list of songs we liked for the reception and from there he filled in the rest of the time with selections that were right on the money. I actually had friends comment on the awesome song choices. And of course he sounded great. Very talented. I wish I could have heard more of it on the day. He learned a few new songs at our request as well.Sent on 21/05/2013
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