I have been following the debate on Jessica Duchen's Classical music blog about the crossover between classical and rock/pop music. This was sparked by the latest Sting CD featuring the music of John Dowland, and Paul McCartney's Ecce Cor Meum. I am looking forward to hearing both of these.
Robin has managed the crossover playing mainly classical, but in the past has played with Jethro Tull and Deep Purple - a long way from Rossini or De Falla!
Whilst this is a difficult, and rare transition, it is not unheard of and can work either way.
Chick Corea is an outstanding jazz musician who plays Mozart extremely well, Benny Goodman the jazz clarinet player also played Mozart.
Both Rick Wakeman and Elton John originally trained at the Royal Academy of Music before venturing into the world of rock.
One of our friends, Julian Gregory, is a long term violinist with the BBC Philharmonic who in his spare time relaxes by playing bass guitar in a progressive rock band!
Finally, the jazz guitarist John McLaughlin's Apocolypse albumn was produced by George Martin and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra.
So it can be done and much can be gained by either discipline observing the other.
I shall be listening to Sting and McCartney very soon with great interest.
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman