Robin had a lunchtime recital today at Leeds University. The weather forecast had been for snow and ice, so we braced ourselves as he would have to cross the Pennines. Relief first thing to see that it was a beautiful crisp, clear, sunny day.
The concert was in the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, part of the School of Music, and had been very well advertised for almost a year!
It paid off as there was an excellent audience and I'm pleased to say that the majority were young people. I know it's a school of music but it doesn't always follow that students attend. However they did on this occasion.
Robin woke them all up with Malaguena, broke a nail, (oh no..) whilst playing Salterello, the last of the Six Renaissance Lute Pieces, fixed it, and continued the programme with no further mishaps.
After briefly talking to a few suitably inspired students and the organisers asking him come back soon, he snuck out the back door and was home in time to clean son number ones football boots. Actually I did that, too risky with those nails..
Now, time to relax.
'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