Having publicly humiliated Peter Wiltschinsky yesterday, it's only fair that I tell you of Robin's 'accident' today.
On this occasion Hill/Wiltschinsky were playing in a church.
Robin is the one who introduces the pieces, (apart from his own compositions which Peter does), he always appears relaxed and tries to give the audience some interesting bits of information about the next piece. Robin actually finds this part easy, as he says, it's playing the notes that is difficult.
He does tend to sit on the very edge of his seat when playing, which always makes me nervous, but this is not when the accident happened.
About half way through the concert Robin was introducing a piece and swinging back on his chair as he did. As all school boys know, this is a dangerous thing to do.
They were playing in an old church and the legs of the chair slipped on the stone floor.
As Robin disappeared backwards his very valuable guitar flew up into the air.
Peter acted with lightening reflexes and deflected the guitar from the very hard floor with his left foot.
Robin meanwhile had managed to right himself enough to catch it as it came back down again and before it made splintering contact with the stone floor.
Whilst this was hugely entertaining for the audience, they decided against keeping it in the act.
'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