As we settled down to relax yesterday evening, we were grumbling that we had missed the 'Proms on Four' as it had been on between 7.30 - 9.20 pm.
As we didn't sit down until 10.30, I think most of the orchestra would have been nearly home by then.
However, Melvyn Bragg saved the day.
The South Bank Show is a long running series that can be seen all round the world.
We always try and check in, to see what it's about, as programmes of this quality are few and far between.
Last night we were rewarded with a lovely hour of Dame Emma Kirkby.
Dame Emma Kirkby is hugely influential in the field of early music and Bragg met the singer as she rehearsed with the Purcell Quartet, talked to her about her career to date, and followed her to Italy to show her coaching students in a masterclass of Monteverdi madrigals.
All the more appropriate as we are heavily into Bach here at the moment as Robin prepares for his J.S.Bach CD.
Incidentally, I just discovered that 'The South Bank Show' featured a piece of music, 'Fairie Queen', played by the Hill/Wilschinsky Guitar Duo, a few months ago.
I'd love to find out more.
'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