Jonathan Richards - Classical Guitarist

Wednesday 23rd June @ 8pm, St John’s Methodist Church Llandudno

Jonathan Richards was born in 1964 and started learning the guitar at the age of eight. He gained a Performer’s Diploma from Trinity College, London, in 1983. Since then, he has been active as a guitar teacher and concert performer, working from his base in North Wales. He has recorded previously for the Sain, Serendipity and Meridian labels. Jonathan has also composed prolifically for the guitar, including the works recorded here, a set of "Variations on a French Folk Tune" for guitar and string orchestra, songs and a guitar quartet which has been regularly performed. As well as giving solo recitals, he plays in a duo with pianist John R Williamson, and together they have appeared at many music societies, arts festivals and other venues.
Jonathan’s repertoire is extensive and covers much of the standard literature of the instrument, from the baroque works of Bach, Rameau and Weiss, through the classical period exemplified by Sor and Diabelli, and the Romantic output of composers such as Mendelssohn. Spanish and South American music is particularly well represented including regular performances of works by Albeniz, Barrios, Falla, Granados, Llobet, Mompou, Villa-Lobos and many others.
However, as well as playing conventional guitar repertoire, Jonathan has also made a speciality of new and unusual music. He has given several British premières, and world premières of works by Judith Bingham, Terence Croucher, John Franklin, John Williamson and of course his own compositions.


Canciones Catalanas Miguel Llobet
i. El Testament d’Amelia
ii. Canco del Lladre
iii. El Noi de la Mare
iv. El Mestre

5 Pieces Ernest Shand
i. Andante Religioso
ii. Forever
iii. Sorrow and Song
iv. Chanson
v. Air

Liten Serenad Dag Wiren
i. Marcia
ii. Preludium
iii. Solo
iv. Intermezzo
v. Duo
vi. Marcia

Sonatina Andrew Sheils
i. Giocoso
ii. Mesto
iii. Con Gioco

Transylvanian Song Robert Feurstein


3 Pieces from Argentina
i. Maria Luisa Julio Sagreras
ii. Nortena Jorge Gomez Crespo
iii. Estilo Mansilla Quijano

5 South American Folk Tunes Arr. Terence Croucher
i. Te Damos Gracias (Chile)
ii. Cancion (Venezuela)
iii. De Aquel Cerro Verde (Peru)
iv. La Tejedora de Nandutti (Paraguay)
v. Nesta Rua (Brazil)

La India Arr. Nicholas Hooper (Chili)

Greensleeves Arr. Jorge Morel (England)

2 South American Sketches Jonathan Richards

Choro No. 1 Heitor Villa-Lobos