Whilst continuing my Scottish quest I was reminded of a series of concerts that Hill/Wiltschinsky were involved with some years ago. It was a scheme called 'Music in Quiet Places', which usually meant very old churches in rural areas, some of which were not regularly used, and all of which were very cold!
They were always well attended and it was great to see people enjoying the fabulous buildings. The locals had inside information and would arrive beautifully dressed, including winter coats, which they took off to go outside for drinks in the interval, so they could catch the pleasant summer evening.
After a few of these occasions the duo got wise to the fact that old churches have old heating systems, if any, and t-shirts and long johns became standard wear under dress suits. Cold hands ranks pretty high on the list of 'problems to overcome' for the guitarist, particularly when combined with pre-concert adrenaline. I'm pleased to say Robin has much more control over his adrenaline these days and it's many years since I ran around backstage looking for bowls of warm water.
'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