Amy Kakoura

It’s been 10 years since Richard Durrant invited young singer Amy Kakoura to join him on his UK Christmas Tour – and he has not looked back since…

The first time Richard heard Amy sing he knew we could create something magical.

’Here was a voice that combined an early music vibe with a folky, Pagan purity and a Christian message of hope for us all. It made me reach for my guitar.’

Says Richard

Richard has created his own unique brand of musical winter magic over the years, carefully avoiding the more commercial aspects of Christmas. 

Embracing both the Christian and Pagan landscape of these islands, his music hypnotises his audiences until they really do believe in Father Christmas!

Since 2023 Richard has brought another fascinating twist to his continuing wintry saga with the involvement of his family.

While Daisy Durrant has contributed songs to previous tours, this is her first time on the road singing and adding new instrumental colour with accordion, fiddle, whistles, piano and hammond.

His daughter Daisy and oldest son Django both bring new songs and instruments to the midwinter table.  They are a duo not to be underestimated.

Younger brother Django is now on his fourth Christmas tour offering his distinctive new songs, singing, playing drums and keyboards. He is currently studying music and music psychology at Leeds University.

Richard Durrant's Candlelit Christmas Concerts

But it is perhaps at Christmas that Richard Durrant’s musical gift shines brightest. Catch him and his musical mates on the Christmas tour if you possibly can.

9-22 December 2023

  • Ropetackle Arts Centre
  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Wilmington Church
Richard Durrant's Candlelit Christmas Concerts

It’s that time of year when the Durrant Christmas band assemble for a week of intensive rehearsals in preparation for their much celebrated Candlelit Christmas Concerts tour…

Richard’s Candlelit Christmas Concerts begin on 9 and 10 December at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, but of course the work begins long before.

Daisy Durrant joins the band for her first tour and has contributed much to the show over the years including some fantastic original songs. These will be performed alongside new material by Django, Amy and Richard.

Richard with Christmas band members Django and Daisy

2023 is also the 10th anniversary of Amy Kakoura joining the show – described by Richard as ‘the Voice of Christmas’.

There will also be a chance to hear some much loved, four part carols with this very satisfying ‘SATB’ spread of voices.

The Midwinter Christmas Collection

Meanwhile, you can listen to The Midwinter Christmas Collection on SPOTIFY

This collection is also available on other streaming platforms and downloadable from our ONLINE SHOP

Richard invites everyone to Come along and join this musical celebration of Christmas and Midwinter.’

9-22 December 2023

  • Ropetackle Arts Centre
  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Wilmington Church
French Guitar Adventurers

Richard’s next French Guitar Adventurers 22-28 April

This popular residential guitar course takes place each April in a beautiful, secluded location in the Charente region of France.

  • Daily study on classical guitars
  • Grade 5 to advanced level
  • Five days’ group practice
  • Culminating in a public concert
  • Magnificent location

This is a chance to effect real change in your playing under Richard’s careful guidance.

‘We will thoroughly explore standing to play whilst spending time on breathing techniques and key awareness – all part of getting the most from your daily practise and moving your playing on.’

Says Richard

There are currently just three spaces remaining (plus partners – more player spaces available if sharing a room). 

Book now to avoid disappointment

Richard Durrant pictured re-gig at St Michael's Church Lewes (photo: Felix Durrant)

Richard’s highly successful Autumn Equinox tour was full of great music and lovely people…

‘It’s hard to pick moments from such a magical week: from seeing authors Phillip Carr-Gomm and Tom Cutler sitting in the same row with recorder player Piers Adams and composer Peter Copley at Lewes, to Pete Howlett presenting me with a newly finished Terz guitar to play my encore in Bangor! It was one of those weeks…’

Says Richard

Concerts in St Michael’s Lewes, Pound Arts Corsham, Bangor and Plas Tan y Bwlch all went down a storm. And for their big Saturday night gig North Wales Guitar Circle did well to book Penrhyn Hall – the former home to the BBC Light Orchestra with its famous acoustic.

‘Thanks to everyone who worked at the venues. You confirmed that I have the best job in the world.’

Added Richard

Richard and Louise are currently booking the 2024 Autumn Equinox Tour: The Number 26 Bus To Paraguay.

Photographs – top: Richard pictured pre-gig at St Michael’s Church Lewes (photography by Felix Durrant) and pre-gig for Harlech Music Society at Plas Tan y Bwlch North Wales (photograph by Louise Durrant)

Love Song for Europe

Richard has been busy recording and filming the two tracks of Love Song for Europe in time for the Autumn Equinox Concerts…

There is a solo guitar version and also a trio version featuring Richard with Gareth Huw Davies (double bass) and Stephen Hiscock (percussion) from The Burning Deck.

Trio performing Love Song for Europe

The new recordings will be available on all digital download platforms at the moment of sunrise in Sussex on Autumn Equinox: 6.26am on Thursday 21st September

All streaming proceeds will go to UNICEF

Autumn Equinox Concerts 2023

The two tracks in hi-rez audio (96-24 ALAC or FLAC) are ready to purchase now in Richard’s online shop.

Richard’s Autumn Equinox Concert Series will include Love Song for Europe. The concerts will begin in the beautiful church of St Michael’s, Lewes this Thursday.

‘These gigs all begin with music from Spain and South America but then head north for suitably autumnal British folk and my own homespun works.’

‘I’m looking forward to singing ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’ as the leaves begin to fall and the evenings draw in.’

Says Richard
Richard Durrant

The glories of August are something to behold but these golden days inevitably lead us to the excitement of the Autumn Equinox…

To help us pause and mark this moment in the year of our planet Richard is playing three special solo concerts with music to reflect and compare the intensity of summer and the gentle beauty of a new autumn.

New release

We are thrilled to bring you news of Richard’s forthcoming new single. The beautiful music on this double A side release will go live on all streaming platforms at sunrise on 21st September.

Right now all we can show you is Jon Everitt’s exquisitely painted cover art and announce that Richard has diverted all streaming revenue from this release to UNICEF:

The recording and filming of the single is taking place this Sunday 27th August in Shoreham with Stephen and Gareth from The Burning Deck.

Watch this space!

Music for Midsummer at Brighton Open Theatre

There is just one final concert at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham on 28 July with a musical celebration to begin the summer holidays…

Richard says: 
Thanks to all who came to see me during my Music for Midsummer Tour 2023.  It was a dusty, sun-drenched adventure of satisfyingly diverse gigs. I travelled through some of the most beautiful countryside of any tour so far and met some remarkable people on the roadside and at the shows.

After the ride from North Wales to South Devon via Manchester, Lincolnshire and Ross on Wye, I returned home to play my last shows in and around Sussex. Here I am under the spotlight at the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells:’

Two shows were played with my quartet The Burning Deck. Corin Buckeridge, Stephen Hiscock, Gareth Huw Davies and I gathered around the Bicyclatter and played some tracks new and old including Triskellion from Rewilding and the recently re-released Wilbury Summer. The picture at the top is us at the Brighton Open Air Theatre...’

Before I get my deck chair out, I have one last concert at Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham on Friday 28th July – a musical celebration to begin the summer holidays. I’ll be joined on stage by some old mates including Stephen and Gareth from The Burning Deck.’

Don’t forget to listen to Richard’s re-release of Wilbury Summer!

Meanwhile, have a great summer yourselves!

Music for Midsummer 2023

The first leg of the tour saw Richard cycle around 700 miles through some of the most beautiful Welsh and English countryside in perfect, unbroken sunshine…

To mark the summer solstice Richard is releasing a remastered version of his 1997 track Wilbury Summer. 

This is the original recording originally heard on The Summer E.P with Herbie Flowers on double bass, Nick Pynn on dulcimer and Tom Arnold on Hammond.

And to celebrate further he’ll be playing Wilbury Summer at all the remaining gigs and a selection of his other original tracks with his quartet The Burning Deck…

Meet The Burning Deck

Stephen Hiscock
Drums & Bicyclatter

Founder member of Ensemble Bash, Stephen has toured the world several times (once with Stewart Copeland!).

Stephen has worked regularly with Sarah Angliss and Harrison Birtwistle. He also composes and has released several solo albums. Stephen has played Richard’s creation The Bicyclatter as part of the Richard Durrant Orchestra and played the bicycles on Richard’s album Cycling Music.

Gareth Huw Davis

Gareth has performed all over the world collaborating with and recording for Graham Coxon, Sir Willard White, Simple Minds, Chrissie Hynde, Echo and the Bunnymen, Charlie Dore, the Tootsie Rollers and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Gareth and Richard first worked together in The Richard Durrant Orchestra in 2017/18 and have collaborated ever since – notably on Daisy Durrant’s lockdown videos where he totally stole the show with his Reasons to be Cheerful bass line!

Corin Buckeridge 

A composer and instrumentalist, Corin has worked with Ian Drury,  Trevor Nunn, Charlton Heston and written music for the RSC (and so many others).

Corin studied at Oxford, conducts in the West End and has released several solo albums. Some of Richard’s earliest gigs were with his mate Corin when they were in their mid teens!

The tour begins again at Brighton Open Air Theatre on Midsummer’s day (21st June 7pm), continuing further dates in the south east.

Richard on tour 2023

The sun shone brightly for Richard Durrant’s first week of concerts as he cycled through North Wales, Manchester, The Midlands and Herefordshire…

‘It’s so wonderful to be out and about playing this beautiful music to so many people. Also nice to have a mention by Petroc Trelawney on BBC Radio 3.’

Says Richard

Above: Richard at the Theatre Clwyd
Below: all set and ready to go and performing at the Stoller Hall, Manchester

Below: with schoolchildren from St. Margaret’s Primary School in Stoke Golding

The tour continues to Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire before south west venues in Taunton and Newton Abbott, and then over to a series of concerts in the South East.

Bass Clef

What’s the connection between Richard Durrant’s Music for Midsummer Concert Tour and this giant Bass Clef?

As Richard sets off for his annual Midsummer tour, a look at the map shows that his route looks rather like a giant Bass Clef. Starting in North Wales he heads across to Manchester before looping down towards south Devon.

After a short break the tour resumes in Sussex with further concerts including the annual Solstice celebration at Brighton Open Air Theatre with Richard’s quartet, The Burning Deck.

Friday 19th May
Theatre Clwyd, Mold

Sunday 21st May
Stoller Hall, Manchester Guitar Festival

Wednesday 24th May
St Margaret’s Church, Stoke Golding

Friday 26th May
The Corn Exchange, Ross-on-Wye

Saturday 27th May
Malmesbury Abbey

Thursday 1st June
Taunton Brewhouse

Saturday 3rd June
Abbotsbury Church Newton Abbott

Wednesda 21st June
Brighton Open Air Theatre

Friday 23rd June
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Saturday 24th June
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Sunday 25th June
St John the Baptist, Clayton

Wed 28th June
St Peter’s Church, Bexhill-on-Sea Bexhill Festival Music

The Tour will also form part of some great UK music festivals this summer.

This year’s programme is pure, concentrated Durrant, with its intricate and ornate folk baroque guitar works and the occasional splash of Spain and South America. You can hear JS Bach at his most unadulterated ringing out in crystal clear tones on the Supertenorukulele.

‘I feel that this selection of music clearly shows where I’m at right now.  It also makes the most of these beautiful instruments – we understand each other! Meanwhile my bicycle is primed, ready and purring with anticipation.’

Says Richard

Watch Richard’s pre-tour offering with part three of his guitar solo The Sleep of a King.