'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

Friday, January 05, 2007

Hill to Hendrix

I've recently been discussing orchestras in a light hearted way with Jessica Duchen and it reminded me of some concerts Robin did with the BBC Philharmonic. As you know, orchestras don't have guitars, so if a piece comes along that requires a guitarist then the BBC often call on Robin. He has performed many times with various orchestras as a soloist, but it is very different being amongst the ranks.
On one occasion they were rehearsing at Abbey Road Studios, a huge inspiration in itself when you think of those that have gone before, Segovia, Elgar, The Beatles etc. This time was for one of the 'Proms in the Park', and Robin was playing both classical and electric guitar.
There is only one problem with Robin and electric guitars. As soon as he has one in his hands he has to break into some Jimi Hendrix, usually but not exclusively, Voodoo Chile.
So in a quiet moment that is exactly what happened, much to the amusement of the violin section who were seated directly in front of him.
You'll be pleased to hear that he did manage to restrain himself for the actual performance.
It does show however that some classical musicians with certain musical backgrounds do have the ability to crossover as has been debated previously.

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