'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, March 31, 2007

Foulds before Flying ( for Robin Hill )

Yesterday I talked about Robin's 'Concerto Primavera' and it was a coincidence when I looked in The Telegraph today to find an article by Simon Heffer on John Foulds.
John Foulds was born in Manchester, England, in 1880. Manchester is just a few miles down the road from us and, with Walton coming from Oldham, it seems we are a quite a prolific lot up here in the frozen north of England.
Foulds was a composer and conductor who joined the Halle orchestra when in his 20's. By 1906 he had left the Halle to concentrate on composition.
His major work, 'A World Requiem', which commemorated the World War 1 dead, was very popular at the time, but was last performed in 1926.
That is about to change. On November 11th, Armistice night, it will be performed again at The Albert Hall, under the auspices of the BBC, and sponsored by The Daily Telegraph.
I only hope we don't have to wait 81 years for the next performance of 'Concerto Primavera', or any of Robin's other concerti for that matter...
Meanwhile, here, things are a little frantic. There's packing to be done ready for Robin's journey tomorrow.
He is currently in denial about his trip, which is normal, he'll be fine when he's actually on his way. So instead of getting organised he has gone shopping with son number two. That's fine by me, it will save me a job, as he is buying food he won't be home to eat!

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