What a wonderful evening we had. The Great Hall is always a pleasure to sit in with the backdrop of the pipe organ used on this occasion to great effect.
It was lovely to have a good sing to the usual Christmas Carols, 'Once in Royal David's City', 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', 'Hark The Herald Angels Sing', and 'O Come All Ye Faithful'. The choir have a good reputation which was well deserved with some beautiful descant counter melody. We were particularly impressed with a quadruple canon in 'Rejoice and be Merry.' Considering all the boys are under 11 years old it was a fantastic achievement.
Despite only a few hours at home after his journey, Robin thoroughly enjoyed the evening, especially as he was able to sit back and enjoy the performance without being the one giving it!
It did bring back some memories though, he whispered to me at one point that he remembered being 8 years old, playing 'Ye Banks and Braise' on violin, in the very same hall. He was terrified at the time, and with just cause, because at that stage he hadn't realised the need for practice.
It was shortly after this that he fell in love with the guitar and things took a very different turn.
'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