'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

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Is there a Doctor in the House?

Once again there has been talk about clapping between movements of a concerto and whether musicians and/or audience find this a distraction. I've discussed this before, but will say again, that here in Hillhouse the feeling is that historically audiences applaud if they feel it has been an outstanding performance. Robin finds this reassuring, quietly acknowledges the applause with a smile and a nod, then continues, using this encouragement as a motivating force, and providing an even more exciting performance.
Things could be worse.
There is the story of Sir John Gielgud sitting in the audience and watching a play. Part way through he stood up and said, "Is there a Doctor in the house?"
A gentleman rose and replied,"Yes, I'm a Doctor."
To which Gielgud answered, "Doctor, isn't this play bloody awful."
Now that would be a distraction.

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