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Richard Durrant: Music for Midsummer

12 June : 7:30 pm 9:30 pm

Critically-acclaimed guitarist and composer Richard Durrant returns to NCEM in York as part of his popular 27-day Midsummer for Music tour.

At this concert Richard will play his Sussex downland inspired “The Crest, The Coombe, The Twitten” and the richly melodic “Book of Spells” on a concert guitar made from a 5,000 year old English oak.

You will also hear unaccompanied Bach played on a ukulele made from cedar rescued from the Oregon “Biscuit Fire”. 

Now in its eighth year, Richard’s 2022 musical pilgrimage takes him from the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral on Orkney, through the UK to Brighton Open Air Theatre for midsummer and further concerts in Sussex and Kent.

Once again, to reduce his carbon footprint, Richard will be travelling between venues by bicycle carrying his instruments on a trailer.

To coincide with the tour a new album “The Sleep of a King” will be launched. Like much of Richard’s music this collection of original guitar solos is inspired by the landscape of the British Isles.

My new favourite guitarist… Richard Durrant sits completely outside the accepted genres. He has a peculiar and wonderful mind.

Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music

“Richard’s album Rewilding is beyond beautiful.”

Isabella Tree, best-selling author

Tickets: £16, £14 concession, £5 under 35

Box office: For tickets see the National Centre for Early Music website

National Centre for Early Music

St Margaret's Church
Walmgate, York YO1 9TL United Kingdom
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