Paul Weller plays memorial concert for Nick Drake string arranger Robert Kirby

Vashti Bunyan also performs at the London event

Paul Weller was the surprise guest at a memorial concert for string arranger Robert Kirby yesterday (October 3).

Kirby, who worked with artists including Nick Drake, Weller and Elvis Costello, died last year aged 61.

Weller performed ‘With Time And Temperance’ from his album ‘Heliocentric’ – which featured Kirby‘s arranging – at the event, held at London‘s Cecil Sharp House.

Speaking about Kirby, Weller said he was “a great man”, adding: “[We] made great music together and fell off many barstools together!”

With strings conducted by Harvey Brough, the memorial also saw performances from Vashti Bunyan, Teddy Thompson, Ben & Jason and Steve Ashley.

Meanwhile, Weller is reported to have married his girlfriend Hannah Andrews in Italy at the weekend, reports