Happy 50th, Jonathan Richards!

Guitarist Jonathan Richards has planned a month of celebratory concerts to mark his 50th birthday. Richards, who blows out the candles on a half-century September 30, will be performing works by Ernest Shand, Terence Croucher, as well as some of his own music. His schedule includes concerts at the North Wales International Festival, St Asaph Cathedral (September 20), Wesley Church, Chester (September 30), his students’ concert at Princess Drive Baptist Church, Colwyn Bay (October 3) and a performance with the poet Deborah Barker in Pensychnant, Conwy (October 4).

In addition to Richards’ performance at the North Wales International Music Festival, this year’s program also features guitarists Xuefei Yang, who will give a solo recital on September 24.