The concert began with “Danzas Fantásticas” by Joaquin Turina. I liked the percussion and the brass because they made an exciting sound. As I play the guitar, I was looking forward to The Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo. Pablo Sainz Villegas played the guitar as I had never heard before. His fingers moved so fast I could barely see them move. He played in a variety of styles. Sometimes fast strumming and at other times soft plucking. The orchestra played well but did not seem to combine with the soloist. I enjoyed the cor anglais solo because it gave a nice definition. Because he played so well, everyone gave him the applause he deserved.

His first encore was a tango in which he sounded very much at home. The audience applauded loudly and he responded with a second encore. I was amazed by the fact that he remembered everything by heart.

After queueing for ages for ice creams, we took our seats for the second half. It started with Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin from his opera “Prince Igor”. They are played in Act 2 when slaves are brought in to entertain the prince. I recognised some of the tunes which brought a smile to my face. The music was dramatic and exciting with plenty of percussion. The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky had good dynamics and I liked the Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy with the celeste. Each piece made different pictures in my mind. The Waltz of the Flowers finished the suite. Overall, I thought that everyone in it was very skilled in what they performed and I would gladly go and listen again. We had a really good view from the Circle seats and the concert was very well supported.

Joseph, age 13

He attended a concert on 10th December with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michal Dworzynski, and guitar solo by Pablo Sainz Vellegas.