I have been doing a mental check list of things that need to be done before Robin goes off in the early hours of Monday morning. Apart from the usual packing requirements for a week away, we do have to consider the reason he is there. Concert clothes, footstools, (one for stage, one for backstage), and strings are just the beginning. Strings are the things that seem to surprise most people. Generally, those that dabble in playing the guitar will have the same set on for many months at a time. Not so in our house. Each concert requires a new set, sometimes only the bottom three, but sometimes the whole lot.
Consequently spare sets always have to be carried. On one memorable occasion a string broke, luckily we were on holiday in Portugal and not there for a concert. However, Robin without a guitar = nightmare, so we flagged down a passing coach which happened to be full of musicians, (this is true, honestly), and although they didn't have the required string they did give us directions to the nearest music shop in which to purchase one.
Since then I have always double checked the string status before any journey..
'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