Biography

Richard Durrant (born 11 November 1962, Hollingbury, England) is a English stringed instumentalist, most commonly playing the guitar. He studied guitar, cello, and composition at the Royal College of Music and has since performed a mix of all guitar styles - classical, pop, jazz, folk. He also runs the indie acoustic LongMan Records company from his studio in Sussex.

He has composed concert music including his Rucenitsa Guitar Quartet, as well as music for the BBC, is record producer for the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Don Partridge and Ungagged, and has toured as part of the band Sky and with Herbie Flowers One of his more challenging performances is a stunning reinterpretation of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint for soloist and 20 pre-recorded guitars. His concerts are difficult to categorise as he covers many styles and often includes improvisations and electronic treatments—but he is above all a classical virtuoso. His many recordings are widely available.

Since his 1986 London debut, Richard has performed as a soloist throughout Europe.

He was chairman of the Adur Festival for many years until his resignation in 2005. He is a passionate supporter of community arts projects and is a regular visitor to local schools. In October 2002, as recognition of his work promoting art in the community, Richard was presented with a Daily Mail Golden Jubilee Award by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Richard has played many concerts with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra (now known as the Brighton youth orchestra), as well as the Hanover Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2007.

He has also produced other artists, such as Simon Stewart.

Edited by the-axolotl on 24 Oct 2008, 17:32

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