Virtuoso guitarist Richard Durrant to play Wymondham Village Hall

Richard Durrant
Richard Durrant

Guitarist Richard Durrant brings his Candlelit Christmas concert to Wymondham village hall on December 7.

Durrant is the UK’s only barefoot, stand-up, un-classical guitarist. He delivers an eclectic show incorporating sounds, imagery, and commissioned artwork in a show that can best be described as an “everyman’s performance”.

Durrant’s programmes are aimed at the popular as well as the fine. And the UK’s busiest touring, virtuoso guitarist is now embarking on his annual, always-magical, candlelit Christmas concerts. This year’s Christmas tour has even more sparkle as it includes music from Richard’s album, Christmas Guitars, featuring guest vocalist Amy Kakoura and the unmistakable voice of Barry Cryer.

The audience is promised both a musical and visual feast, with beautifully presented wintry music enhanced by specially commissioned projected imagery, tales from the road and lots of candles.

Highlights will include early English carols, European Christmas songs and Durrant’s superb guitar suite, The Polar Bear, with narration recorded by Barry Cryer (featured on the album). The I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue comedy star plays it straight, reciting haiku verse in Durrant’s moving depiction of a mother bear and her cubs’ desperate swim for survival through the Arctic ice floes. This snow drenched piece was inspired by the well-documented plight of the bears as their environment continues to change.

The album Christmas Guitars is a deeply personal, kaleidoscopic vision of what the season of goodwill means to Durrant. Traditional and original compositions go hand in hand as the father of four not only celebrates the excitement and joy Christmas continues to bring to him and his young family, but also evokes both the Christian and pagan significance of this time of year.

Special guest singer Amy Kakoura is half Irish, half Greek, something which you can hear in her remarkably expressive voice. Amy’s haunting lead vocals give several songs the tingle factor, most notably Emmanuel and the beautiful Clannad-style arrangement of A Northern Winter Night, written by Paul Cartledge.

For tickets call 01572 787247 or visit www.centrestagetouring.org.uk

Christmas Guitars is available now on LongMan Records, Amazon, i-tunes etc. For further details, go to http://www.richard-durrant.com/