Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Clive Betts Lunchtime concert

Had first lunchtime concert at Wonford House Hospital yesterday. About 40 people heard Clive Betts perform an exquisite collection of Spanish and Latin American guitar music (programme in earlier post). We had some high quality sandwiches from Taste and the event was introduced by Devon Partnership NHS Trust Chief Executive, Iain Tulley. Some of the pieces, such as Recuerdas de la Alhambra, were familiar, others less so. Clive introduced each set, giving a history of the pieces and some biographical detail on the composers. The highlight for me was Clive's performance of Asturias, by Albeniz, a very demanding piece that Clive performed with great panache. There were also several pieces that demanded the delicate use of harmonics, which Clive pulled off brilliantly. The concert has been recorded, and I look forward to transferring it to DVD soon. I hope to make some excerpts available on the blog. I invited people to give written feedback afterwards, and the consensus was that this was a top quality concert, in a great venue, and was fantastic value for money. I look forward to the next concert, on 24th October, featuring top band, Refuge.

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