Spanish Guitar Tapas Night White Hart Fyfield Oxfordshire

I was very pleased to play Spanish Flamenco and Classical Guitar music for the Tapas Night at the White Hart in Fyfield, Oxfordshire.

By following the mood throughout the evening I was able to select pieces from my repertoire to provide music that was appropriate as the evening developed.

Untypically I started quite energetically. There were a few diners in the first 20 minutes, they were friendly and very well disposed to having live music from a guitarist.

So, I began by playing happy celebratory flamenco styles such as Colombiana, Guajira and Rumba which are all of South American origin and then following with Alegrias, Zapateado and Fandangos which are all from Andalucia.

A little later I went upstairs to the gallery which is quite small and intimate so I felt it best to play some quiet Classical pieces and chose Capricho Arabe and Recuerdos de La Alhambra, both by Francisco Tarrega and then Romance Anonimo which as its name suggests is anonymous but certainly has been very much enjoyed by audiences all over the world for many years.

After my second break and having played in all the main dining areas I moved to the bar area which had all the  tables taken with diners.

I played the Romance Anonimo again and was delighted that one diner recognised it as her song. In contrast I played two rather fast Rumbas which were much enjoyed and I was touched by the very generous tip from another diner. It is very good to know that the music I am playing is really being enjoyed and such gestures confirm that.

I returned to the main hall to play Asturias by Isaac Albeniz and several flamenco pieces such as Bulerias, Tientos, Cantinas and Alegrias de Cordoba.

People go out to have diner and not to listen in silence to a guitar recital and that is the way it should be. I am always careful to make sure that the music is of a high standard as in concert because people have a right to expect quality in music as they do with the food.

On this point the chef at the White Hart very kindly provided me with a rather spectacular dinner of several dishes, all of which were unique, interesting and I am  sorry to say that I do not have refined manners; I left nothing on the plates!

It was a very pleasant evening for me and I hope that my Spanish Flamenco and Classical Guitar playing left a favourable impression on the diners.

 

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