Bruce returned to the UK in 2008 and joined us at our concert in Denmead
Bruce and hago at All Saints Denmead
hago were delighted to be hosts for a real once-in-a-lifetime Concert featuring the very special
talents and musicianship of New Zealand's most expressive and romantic Classical Guitarist - Bruce Paine, on his second UK visit.
The Concert was at St Agatha's Church, Portsmouth, recently described as one of Portsmouth's hidden architectural gems, with a massive interior, a cathedral-like acoustic and one of the finest decorated apses in the UK.
The concert took place on the day of the dreadful London terrorist atrocities, and the final item - Schindler's List - brought together Bruce and hago. The music, dedicated to those caught up in the awful events earlier that day, was played to a hushed audience.
Bruce opened the concert with a delightful selection of solos, including music from his homeland - Duarte's arrangement of Hine e Hine.
His encore - the well-known and instantly appealing "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" - saw a massive queue in the interval for his latest CD, and the signed copies sold out completely!
You can order a copy at guitarCDs - it's entitled "Guitar@Museum".
Bruce played a Rod Capper guitar that he brought over from New Zealand, and it was a great pleasure to welcome Rod to the concert.
Visit Rod Capper's website
hago viewed from the back of the Church
hago played their new 2005 repertoire, including some new pieces that require you to see us in concert to find out why the audience laugh!
hago finish their performance
Video of Bruce and hago playing Schindler's List on YouTube
Visit Bruce Paine's website for a video of Bruce playing Recuerdos de la Alhambra recorded live at this concert
Read highlights of WSGC's review & Classical Guitar Magazine's review
While Bruce was in the UK, he joined us at the Birdman of Bognor - more photos in our Birdman Gallery
Roll call at the car-park!
We performed in the rather orange VIP Lounge on the pier