Throughout June the English guitarist and composer Richard Durrant presents his annual musical celebration of midsummer in a short series of solo concerts.

Richard will be visiting venues in England and Wales where audiences can hear JS Bach’s 3rd Cello Suite played in its entirety on the ukulele, British folk melodies played onTenor Guitar and a number of Durrant originals on concert guitar. 

Richard says: “I want to use these gigs to explore the real meaning of midsummer – and surely there’s no better way to do this than playing music and meeting people.”

Last year Richard cycled his concerts from the cathedral on Orkney all the way to the Sussex coast, including a live performance on BBC Radio 3 from the centre of Sherwood Forest. He also released his first double album Stringhenge, The Richard Durrant Orchestra gave its debut performance and Richard played ukulele for Prince Charles’ birthday at Buckingham Palace.

More from the maverick guitarist: “People don’t tend to stop for midsummer, but I still hope to bring a moment of stillness and peace to people as we live through the very centre of the year and experience the summer solstice together.”

2020 Music for Midsummer already booking

Next year’s tour already includes concerts in St Magnus Cathedral Orkney, Greyfriars Kirke Edinburgh, National Centre for Early Music York, The Stables Wavenden, Brighton Open Air Theatre.

The 2020 tour will be another of Richard’s Cycling Music adventures undertaken entirely on bicycle.