We were thrilled to have the great Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl here with us again on Friday 1 February. This was his second visit to the School - all but one of our students had not met him or played to him before - and we are already looking forward to the next one.
Everyone was thoroughly inspired by Pavel’s teaching. He is a truly unique artist and a remarkable musician with his own distinctive approach to just about everything. All the guitarists played a solo work for him, and Martin, Finlay, Kotone and Alfie played ‘Cuban Landscape with Rain’, Leo Brouwer’s famous piece for four guitars. Here in particular he opened up the pupils’ imaginations, encouraging the use of extreme colours and effects. He also showed us some unusual, and very advanced, technical exercises for both hands, leaving us all with plenty to think about.