Over many years Durrant has won a devoted audience who have warmed to his relaxed, easy going manner, his obsession with presentation and his unpredictable choice of music. A magazine article (Classical Guitar May 2012) referred to his cross bench status; the journalist was impressed that the RD solo guitar gig he chose to attend took place in a rock venue and attracted a large audience.
The Number 26 Bus
In addition to his extensive UK touring and occasional forays into Europe Durrant visited Paraguay for the first time in 2011. During this successful concert tour he launched the first album in his Paraguayan trilogy titled: The Number 26 Bus to Paraguay. This album is still the only collection of Barrios’ guitar works to be launched in Paraguay by a foreign artist. The awards and accolades followed and Durrant returned to Paraguay a year later to launch the second album in the series titled: Hijo de Hombre. He also gave the Paraguayan premiere of the Villa-Lobos guitar concerto under the baton of maestro Luis Szaran. In 2013 he was invited to perform the Aranjuez Concerto in Asuncion to mark the reopening of the British Embassy in Paraguay. The concert included the premiere of Durrant’s specially commissioned work for five cellos and guitar “Lamento y Danza”.
Richard was recently added to Brighton’s Walk of Fame, where he has his own interactive paving slab! He is Patron of Sussex based Guitars on the Beach, Ambassador for the Brighton Youth Orchestra and a passionate supporter of music literacy.
Richard lives on a beach in Sussex with his wife & children, a cat called Stan and a huge, black Newfoundland called Bollo.