I thought you might like to see the BBC recording of the Julian Bream Masterclass which is now available to people living in the UK to download! My performance of Sevilla begins at 25mins 49 secs.


This competition was recorded by the BBC and shown in many countries across the world. It was the very last competition I ever entered. There where 6 finalists, one winner and 5 of us awarded joint 2nd place – including myself. I had a huge recital work load leading up to the competition, including an important solo recital for a new agent, and 2 concerto recitals – all containing different music to that played in the competition! So I entered the competition feeling very unprepared! I also decided to learn a new piece ‘Un Sueno en La Floresta’  for the ‘own choice’ selection, instead of playing something I knew well – putting myself under even more pressure.  The finalists had to play a movement from a concerto – choice of 2 – and I chose to play Rodrigo’s Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre. Enough said that it was very ropy!! A great experience though – the castle was stunningly beautiful – the one thing I miss about the UK – the historic buildings – not the weather!!

I have had hundreds of emails requesting information about this arrangement of Misty that I posted on YouTube. Its an old arrangement by Stan Ayers which is out of print and they have no intention of republishing it. So if anyone would like a copy just click on the link below.


Download sheet music here!

I have simplified some of the chords to allow the music to flow more easily – but you can make your own minds up on that when you receive the score. If anyone would like to work on learning the piece with me – remember that I do offer Skype lessons now, you just need a fast internet connection and a good quality webcam.

This youtube video is very funny – and so apropos my latest blog! A Must see!

Practising Guitar

This Masterclass was recorded by the BBC at Bream’s house for their Masterclass Series in 1978. Unfortunately all I have is a video recording direct from the TV. Hence the low quality image!

I believe there were 6 students playing in the recording, and we were informed by the producer that there would be no break in filming between each player – so no chance to warm up!! I was freaking out, as I couldn’t imagine sitting still for a couple of hours then getting up stone cold and playing any piece well, let alone something as technically difficult as Sevilla! Wow was I lucky, as the person before me had to catch a plane, so filming stopped while he left and it was decided that would be a perfect time for a cigarette break!  So I managed to get a 10 min warm up after all. 🙂

I think my biggest learning curve from this lesson was actually when I was able to watch the recording on television. I had never heard myself play before, and one thing I have noticed consistently through the years is how different a piece sounds to your ears as you play it, to how it is received by the listener. What I mean by this is that the intention you have as you play a phrase (and what you hear as you play) is often not how it actually comes across. The depth of feeling I had for Sevilla did not come across – it was definitely too agressive – yet it didn’t sound that way to me at the time. It was much easier to take in Julian’s comments when I could sit back and listen to myself objectively.

So my advice would be to always record yourself and listen to how you actually sound, and not how you think you sound! Then you can adjust your performance to have the effect you intend!