BBC Radio 3 In Tune

Richard was on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune last week talking about his upcoming Stringhenge concerts as well as his recently released album Durrant y Ledesma.

Click on the button below to listen Richard’s interview, which starts at 10.09 mins.

And here’s a little flash of what’s to come at Stringhenge with a rather English version of a piece by JS Bach – his Bouree from the 1st Lute Suite in E minor – which Richard calls his ‘Bog Oak Bouree’.

composer scribbles

Richard Durrant is emerging from his studio where he’s been buried in notes writing his new concerto: Six Grooves for Ukulele. But he’s looking forward to a fantastic season ahead. Here’s his update…

May has been a month for composing and it’s racing past – the only sunlight I’ve seen is when I’ve jumped on my bike for inspiration. But now I look to the start of my Summer Concerts; a mixture of Stringhenge (the first next Friday 26th May at Theatr Clwyd, Mold) and then a short run of gigs with the fantastic Mr Ledesma.

Yes, Ismael, one of the leading Paraguayan harpists of all time is returning to our shores for a weeks’ tour. Together we’ll be playing music from our new album Durrant y Ledesma which we launched in Paraguay last month.

Durrant Y Ledesma

Durrant Y Ledesma

If you didn’t see us last time you must try and come along – these gigs are something different! We start with an open air show at the Brighton Open Air Theatre on 15th June and finish at The Stables in Milton Keynes on 20th June. 

I hope to see you soon and I hope the sun is shining on us all by then!

Richard

Tour Diary 2017: Upcoming Dates

Here are all the dates coming up in the next few months – but do check the website for updates as new shows are being added regularly.

French Guitars

French Guitar Adventurers 2019

16 September : 12:00 pm - 22 September : 4:00 pmThe French Retreat
Homelink

Homelink 20th Anniversary Gala Concert

17 November : 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmGlyndebourne
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Shoreham-by-Sea

1 December : 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmRopetackle Arts Centre
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Shoreham-by-Sea

1 December : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRopetackle Arts Centre
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Beverley

5 December : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmToll Gavel
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Hurst Green

6 December : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmHurst Green
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

7 December : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£5 – £15 - Holy Trinity Church
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Shoreham-by-Sea

8 December : 2:30 pm - 4:30 pmRopetackle Arts Centre
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Shoreham-by-Sea

8 December : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRopetackle Arts Centre
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Royal Tunbridge Wells

19 December : 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmTrinity Theatre
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Mold, Flintshire

20 December : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmTheatr Clwyd
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Wilmington

21 December : 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm£5 – £16.50 - St Mary & St Peter’s Church
Richard Durrant Candlelit concert

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas – Wilmington

21 December : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£5.00 – £16.50 - St Mary & St Peter’s Church
Ukulele Ground Zero

Ukulele Ground Zero

15 January 2020 : 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm£70 - Ropetackle Arts Centre
Ukulele Circuit Training

Ukulele Circuit Training

15 January 2020 : 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm£82 - Ropetackle Arts Centre
French Guitar Adventurers

French Guitar Adventurers – July 2020

6 July 2020 - 12 July 2020The French Retreat
French Guitar Adventurers

French Guitar Adventurers – September 2020

21 September 2020 - 27 September 2020The French Retreat
Durrant Y Ledesma

Richard has recently returned from his visit to Paraguay where he and Ismael played a concert and launched their new album ‘Durrant y Ledesma’.

Richard also played a solo concert in Asuncion’s Salle Moliere – but while in Asuncion something magical happened:

Richards explains: ”Sometimes on these tours magical things can happen when you least expect them. While I was in Asuncion, I visited the Plaza Uruguaya – the very spot where Barrios Mangoré himself performed for the very last time in Paraguay in 1925. He left his home country soon after, never to return and died in 1944. I decided to play ‘La Última Canción’ a fitting piece for an impromptu, Paraguayan happening. 

This film includes my remarkable, spontaneous encounter with Paraguayan dancer Gaby Cabrera.  It was filmed and recorded entirely on i-phones (my phone was hidden just inside my guitar case to capture the audio) and then I edited it all in my hotel room. All this took place on Saturday, 8 April 2017.”

Durrant Y Ledesma

Durrant Y Ledesma

The Durrant y Ledesma album launch was a great success. This album is available from our online shop as a CD or as downloadable FLAC or Apple Lossless files at full mastering quality (96-24).

The No 26 Bus to Paraguay

The No 26 Bus to Paraguay

Richard’s book ‘The No 26 Bus to Paraguay’ is also available online and contains eleven, previously unreleased, beautiful new guitar pieces plus the story of how a number 26 Brighton bus took the Richard all the way to Paraguay.

All these items are ow available in Richard’s online shop.