LEADING UK concert guitarist Richard Durrant is back doing what he does best – captivating audiences the length and breadth of the country with the sheer bravura of his musical presentation.
For nearly 30 years, the world-class virtuoso has been in the vanguard of staging a dazzling variety of repertoire in ever more innovative ways while the rest of the classical musical world continues to agonise over how to make itself more accessible.
Durrant is on the road again with his 2013 autumn tour, taking the wraps off his ever-popular Guitar Whisperer show.
Highlights include his showstopping interpretation of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and his fond tribute to the late, great Freddie Phillips, inspirational guitarist behind the music to BBC children's TV favourites Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley.
Local music fans can catch Durrant in action at Holy Trinity Church, Chantry nr. Frome on Saturday 19th October at 7.30pm.
All the usual Durrant trademarks will be there, including eye-catching projections, ingenious use of digital sound loops and, not least, his warm, larger-than-life personality that makes him an instant friend to every audience.
At the heart of the evening, though, is a master musician at the height of his powers, playing everything from famous works by JS Bach and Django Reinhardt to music from Venezuela and Paraguay.
Another treat will be a series of Romanian and English folk dances, "fast, complicated and groovy" and played by Durrant with the help of his laptop.
No wonder one critic described Durrant as having "cross-bench" musical status. And the Sussex guitarist's popularity doesn't stop here, stretching far beyond these shores as, following his autumn tour, he is making his third visit to Paraguay in November.
While there, he will not only play the iconic Rodrigo guitar concerto (Concierto di Aranjuez) with the Asuncion City Symphonic Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Luis Szarán, but will also world-première, with cellist Pablo Romero, a composition he has been commissioned to write for guitar, cello and cello section.
Meanwhile, on October 21, Durrant is releasing his most ambitious solo album to date, Christmas Guitars, including a guest appearance by comedy legend Barry Cryer.
Tickets for Durrant's Chantry Concert on Saturday 19 October are available on 01373 836294; firstname.lastname@example.org; and from Mells Village Shop, Mells, Frome. Price £12 adults/£5 child
Further details can be found at http://tinyurl.com/36q6o6n or by visiting his Facebook site.
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013
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