The Swindon Arts Centre is proud to announce that television personality Richard Digance has agreed to lend his support and become the first ever Patron of the Arts Centre.
Richard is a keen supporter of theatres and is thrilled to take on the role as patron, by helping and supporting the Arts Centre over the coming years. Richard lives just a stone’s throw away in Salisbury so is very happy to be supporting a local venue.
Richard is known as one of the great folk entertainers of the 70s and 80s and has received numerous awards within both the music and entertainment industries, from a BAFTA Nomination as a TV entertainer to a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. Richard is a unique performer who appeals to all age groups by singing his own songs, telling fun stories, whilst throwing in his popular poems and legendary audience participation sing-alongs.
Richard began his TV career in the early 70’s on Sound of The City for Thames TV, and followed this up with appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test and the Today programme but had to wait a decade before getting his own ITV Saturday-night show where he played guitar with Queen's Brian May, The Moody Blues, Status Quo, Chris DeBurgh, Juan Martin, Marc Cohn and Elkie Brooks to name a few. His guest-spots are almost endless with Surprise Surprise, Cilla Black, The Jim Davidson Show, Des O'Connor Show being just a small selection. In recent years he has built a further following through his regular appearances in Dictionary Corner on the Channel 4 game show Countdown.
Culture Swindon Programme Manager Clarry Bean says “We are lucky to already have two patrons to represent the Friends of Swindon Arts Centre in poet Pam Ayres and actor George Baker but we have never had a patron for the Arts Centre before now. We are delighted to welcome such a keen supporter of theatre and look forward to working with him”
Richard Digance will officially be announced as the new Patron at an Arts Centre Benefit Show, Applause! being held on Sunday 28 November. Richard will be making a special guest appearance in this show.