We went to Brighton Dome last night with Jackie to see the last concert of Nigel Kennedy's current tour. Bea and Brian saw him in the 80s and thought him fantastic. We agree! He has played all over the country this month. With his orchestra he played an eclectic range of music including jazz and rock. His new interpretation of The Four Season was brilliant, as was his new piece Four Elements of which he played ‘Erf’ and Water. Many of the musicians were Polish – he lives in Kraków. The four singers and violinists included beautiful young ladies who he made a great fuss over, especially Lizzie Ball. His style was entirely informal as expected and he wore a punk outfit for the first half. It was obvious he enjoys a wonderful relationship with the members of the orchestra as everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and this came over in the music. They had obviously played together a lot and the most anarchic sounding pieces had an underlying sense of unity. One moment we were all tapping our feet and the next there was silence as he started another beautiful violin solo. The changes in pace added a lot to our enjoyment of the evening. There were standing ovations and multiple encores. We agreed that this was one of the most enjoyable musical evenings we have ever experienced. We are now looking at booking for Croydon in May when he plays Brahms with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nigel Kennedy is a Brighton lad who comes from a long line of musicians and was a child prodigy taught by Yehudi Menuhin. He has followed his own counsel and is very articulate and outspoken about the music industry:
Concert dates 2012: http://www.nigelkennedy.com/concerts.htm
Usher Hall, Edinburgh: