Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated TV Entertainer Of The Year and Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers. He turned his back on show biz for his first loves of music. Over 4,000 live shows, 62 British tours, 17 books, 3 stage plays, 32 albums and 4 million YouTube visits says it all. He composed the audio book music for Bill Bryson’s best-seller ‘The Road To Little Dribbling,’ His Animal Alphabet poems are used as English Teaching Aids in 14 countries and his guitar instrumentals are used on numerous TV productions. He supported Robin Williams at The London Palladium, and supported Steve Martin in the USA. He is also one of a just a handful of folk-singers listed in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters.
On his own ITV show for London Weekend Television he performed a guitar duet with Queen guitarist Brian May and also played guitar with Status Quo and The Moody Blues.
Richard was born in West Ham, London, the son of a lorry driver and a sweet factory cleaner, before leaving for college in Glasgow. He developed a passion, originally for traditional folk music before being inspired by Bob Dylan and later by Ralph McTell with whom he carved a close friendship.
1974 saw his debut as a support act, a British tour with Steeleye Span, a great success that led through the 70s to him becoming a support act for great names of the time; Supertramp, Jethro Tull, Joan Armatrading, David Essex, Tom Jones and Elkie Brooks. At the end of the 1970s, having already secured his own BBC Radio 2 series for 6 years, he joined Capital Radio, London, where he presented the first ever folk programme on British commercial radio, until he joined LWT and so began his television career. As his television career began he’d already scooped numerous radio awards through musical compositions for documentaries. After 11 years in TV Richard chose to concentrate more on his music and and left the heady world of show-biz behind for a quieter life in Salisbury with his two daughters Polly and Rosie. He now composes soundtrack music in his digital recording studio and performs in smaller intimate venues thanks to a loyal following envied by so many performers.
Book a table for pre-concert dining
Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.45pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here. To book a table online, select the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left. Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE RELIES ON THE INCOME FROM DINING TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK ALL THE GREAT ACTS PERFORMING.
- All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if not eating.
- Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
- Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
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Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.