Star performer Durrant to perform charity concert in Edwinstowe next month

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Maverick musician and composer Richard Durrant will be giving a charity concert for Sherwood Forest as part of his Stringhenge tour of Britain, performing in the church where Robin Hood and Maid Marian are said to have been married – St Mary’s, Edwinstowe.

The gig takes place on Wednesday, June 13, from 7.30pm.

Hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Durrant has gained an international following for his creative fusion of folk, classical and jazz music.

Fans relish his unconventional approach. In 2014 for example, as part of his Cycling Music tour, he travelled 3,000 miles around the UK, cycling the whole production from gig to gig on the back of his bike.

In addition to his career as a performer and composer, Durrant has for years been passionately involved in community art projects, tirelessly championing youth orchestras from Brighton to as far afield as Paraguay, South America.

Stringhenge – an atmospheric mix of British folk melodies with unaccompanied Bach and music composed by the performer himself - was inspired by our ancient landscapes, and a guitar created for the performer by Gary Southwell, the Lincolnshire Luthier. The instrument was crafted using wood of an English oak tree growing more than 5,000 years ago and preserved in the black anaerobic mud of East Anglia.

So the location of the one-man show, a mere stroll from Nottinghamshire’s famous Major Oak, is especially apt.

The event will help fund the work of the Sherwood Forest Trust, a charity devoted to the preservation, conservation and celebration of Sherwood Forest.

Its chief executive Patrick Candler, is excited: “We’re thrilled to be able to host such a renowned and creative performer as Richard in Edwinstowe’s beautiful and historic parish church, here at the heart of Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest. The event will benefit the Forest – England’s best loved heritage woodland.”

Tickets are £15 adult, £5 under 18. They are available online at www.richarddurrant.com or (cash only) from Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, NG21 9HN.

Photo by Kris Pawlowski