… and some carefully prepared magic in significant places!
Richard Durrant’s Christmas concerts are a bit of a tradition – especially for Richard! He gets to meet up with his mates Nick and Amy and the three of them spend long days preparing in the warmth of his studio playing seasonal music.
We know that lots of audience members also enjoy the tradition – and a strong part of this is returning to regular venues that offer that extra bit of magic.
Wilmington church in Sussex at sunset on the day of the solstice certainly takes some beating.
But then so does the splendour of Theatr Clwyd, a major arts centre, theatre and producing house standing in the hills near Mold in North Wales.
The beautiful Toll Gavel in the town of Beverley, Yorkshire, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells and St Johns in Hurst Green Surrey are also part of this tradition, along with Richard’s home venue Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham where there will be four shows this year (already selling fast!).
And this year sees the addition of another Sussex Church – Holy Trinity in Hurstpierpoint.
As was recently said on BBC 6 Music:
‘A beautiful venue can elevate a good gig to a transportive musical experience.’
And Richard agrees:
‘Each instrument, every light and every candle will have been carefully placed by Nick, Amy and I before we fill the space with music during our several hours of careful warming up.
‘This is to help every audience member feel they are walking into something magically prepared.
Christmas and the winter solstice do the rest!’
From Yorkshire to Sussex and from North Wales to Kent, Richard Durrant’s Candlelit Christmas Concert is travelling across England and Wales to bring his unique brand of seasonal magic to a venue near you.
We look forward to seeing you on the tour!