Robin has been over at Leeds University again today. He was asked to go and help during a lecture on the history of the guitar. After the success of last week's concert he thought it safe to return.
The lecture was open to all the non-music students, and was well attended.
One of the lecturers gave a talk and Robin punctuated it with pieces of music from the relevant period.
He started with a couple of Renaissance Lute pieces, moved onto Baroque with a 'Bach Prelude', Classical period with 'Mozart Variations', 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra' - Tarrega for Romantic, and for the 20th century, Villa Lobos 'Choros No 1' and 'Xodo da Baiana' - Dilermando Reis.
For a sample of Spanish music and to demonstrate the flamenco style Robin played 'Rumores de la Caleta' - Albeniz.
Throughout the whole event Robin talked about the various pieces and techniques he uses and also the guitar he was playing. Today he played his Miguel Rodriguez Churchdoor which is a beautiful instrument, literally made from a churchdoor, with spectacular Brazilian rosewood.
Just when he thought he had finished one of the students asked him to play one of his own pieces, so he threw in 'Eternal Dance.'
A good days work.
'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