|pre-show rehearsal - Halloween at The Wool House|
|Also in the audience that night...|
...I am still coming to terms with finding out, at the interval, that sitting in the audience was Vincent Lindsay-Clark. I am pretty much speechless with the honour of it. I found out he was there when he came up to me in the interval. I had already played Salsa Roja', the
|Interval time, jolly audience - spectacular building|
third movement of his extraordinary and brilliant Suite, Fiesta Americana, commissioned from Vincent by world famous Paraguayan guitarist, Berta Rojas. (Berta gave it its world premiere in Whitchurch back in February - a night, and a concert, to remember!) and I have been working hard at the piece ever since. It was very well received in Edinburgh but by constantly practising I have got into it even more since then. Vincent kindly said that I had made a good job of it and even more kindly, he acknowledged that it is a tricky piece to play. I am very pleased to have received his encouragement, expressed with such wit and such an acute appreciation. Playing the classical guitar is frightening at the best of times and I am always aware of being close to some kind of edge when I am playing so it was only right that such an extra frisson should have happened on Halloween. And on behalf of the audience and of myself I would like to say a huge THANK YOU! to Element Arts and The Wool House Project for making last night such a magical evening. If you missed it, you can hear a bit of the concert HERE
A big thank you to the impressive people at Element Arts for creating such a lovely venue.