Nigel wherever we find him
Yay oh yay ! An oasis in the desert ! A concert in 2015...........let's hope it isn't just a mirage ! See CONCERTS.
Meet Nigel Kennedy, Strad salesman ! The colourful British violinist has lent his services to the instrument dealership, J&A Beare, who – after a century of deliberation – have finally decided to take on Sotheby’s and Christie’s in the auction market. Bids open tomorrow (Monday) on the Beare’s site. Nigel is pumping up the product right now.
FINALLY ! A review of a concert ! Nigel played a concert in Bremen and Iris Hetscher was there to see it. Read her review in MEDIA CLIPS.
Jamie Hutchinson (violinist) was asked who were the standout artists she had encountered so far in her career. Her reply: As I am completely freelance the variety has been huge, but last year was special as Nigel Kennedy and Maxim Vengerov came to perform concertos with Oxford Philomusica, an orchestra with offices in Willesden who I perform with regularly. As a child, I listened to these two for inspiration and both surpassed my expectations as musicians and all round wonderful people.
Two pics of Nigel at the Scarborough Spa Festival. Not earth-shattering but better than nothing ! MEDIA CLIPS
John Hunter writes: I am sending you a recent portrait I made of Nigel Kennedy from a TV presentation of him performing at the Albert Hall.. The painting was done with a knife in oil. I paint portraits as a hobby being retired from a busy career in the electronics industry. As well as the occasional commission I like to portray musicians and singers from time to time for my own amusement and self training! I had to use a still gleaned from the TV of course, but normally I prefer to paint someone who is in front of me, using my photographs as a supplement to shorten down the sittings hours! The knife painting technique though is very fast. My Nigel painting was completed in just two afternoons! His image was so expressive. It inspired me and encouraged me to be vigorous. I wish that I was as half as good as a painter, as he is as a musician.
John has caught Nigel's expression to perfection, hasn't he ?
Experiment IV by Kate Bush (As recommended by:careydes) Described by careydes as “excellent” and “ahead of its time” it’s a song about a secret military plan to create a sound that is horrific enough to kill people. Experiment IV is also notable for its haunting violin work, courtesy of Nigel Kennedy. The video was banned from Top of the Pops, and the single only reached Number 23. If you would like to listen to it, click MEDIA CLIPS.
In 2013, , a Druze teenager and talented viola player from the village of Meghar in the Galilee, made headlines . Now he is making his first public performances since being released from prison earlier this year. He has served a number of jail sentences since 2013 for his refusal to be conscripted. On the seven-date tour, Omar Saad will be joined by his brothers Mostafa and Ghandi on violin and sister Tibah on cello. Collectively, they perform as The Galilee Quartet, while Omar and Mostafa both played in the orchestra led by world-famous violinist Nigel Kennedy at the . The concerts will take place in Cambridge, Evesham, Reading, Worcester, Brighton, Sutton and London from 30th September to 8th October. (Not strictly Nigel news, but Nigel would approve of my posting it here !)
Nigel's latest, greatest version of The Four Seasons will be released by Sony this winter. You can pre-order it at Amazon.
See MEDIA CLIPS for more information.