About Us

Aquillo are an instrumental guitar duo comprising Merv Young and Stuart Wheaton.

We are based in Surrey/Hampshire and are more than happy to travel across London and the South East and further afield if required!

Both working as professional guitarists, guitar teachers and guitar examiners we draw on a range of musical experiences to deliver a varied instrumental acoustic guitar set that features classical, jazz, latin, rock and blues influences.

Our musical history has included session work, albums for EMI records and work on numerous guitar magazine articles and guitar tuition books.

We have plenty of experience at playing for wedding receptions, ceremonies and a host of other events.  We can offer the ideal accompaniment to any occasion whether you are looking for background music or something livelier. We can combine the classical repertoire with foot tapping jazz as well as some unique takes on classic rock and pop tunes, and much more. All of these sit alongside plenty of furious fretwork and energy. Enjoy our musical journey!!

If you’d like to go on our mailing list to find out about future gigs then drop us an email: aquillomusic@gmail.com

Further Information About Merv Young

Merv is an accomplished guitarist proficient in a range of contemporary and classical styles of music. His qualifications include LLCM(TD) and FLCM. He has regularly performed in a variety of bands and musical projects including musicals and shows. Merv has worked for a number of producers and composers including sessions for EMI Music. He has also been involved with the Hal Leonard Corporation as a product demonstrator and author. As well as being a busy guitar tutor Merv is also the Chief Examiner for the Registry of Guitar Tutors/London College of Music guitar exams. He lives in Fleet, Hampshire with his wife and one child.

Further Information About Stuart Wheaton

Stuart graduated from the University of Surrey in 1997 having studied with Carlos Bonell, Mark Eden and Arne Braitland. He has subsequently performed at the Nottingham Music Festival, alongside appearances at Guildford House and London Guitar Festival as well as performing in various function bands, musicals, guitar quartets and duos. Stuart has been the Head of Guitar at Surrey Arts (2002-2005), and now teaches at Bedales School and Churchers’ College where he teaches guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo, as well as coaching various bands and ensembles. He also examines for the Registry of Guitar Tutors/London College of Music Examinations. He lives in Farnham,Surrey with his wife and two children.