Today, Manchester’s music scene is graced with the pleasure of the utter nutcase that is Nigel Kennedy. In the classical music world this man has been causing a stir for years, and shows absolutely no signs of stopping. Undoubtedly one of the greatest violinists in the world, Kennedy has been performing on the world’s most acclaimed stages for decades and tonight is coming to Bridgewater Hall. The programme is to include the Four Seasons alongside some of his own compositions.
Anyone who has heard Kennedy play in recent years will probably be aware that his Four Seasons are unlike what the public have been listening to for the past 3 centuries, and even if you have heard the 1989 album of Kennedy’s Four Seasons, the work has got progressively more outlandish. Several years back, Kennedy played the work at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and left the audience rather taken aback, but also inspired and amazed and the sheer skill that is employed by this man! He plays the infamous Vivaldi work with outstanding vigour, and yet in ways that have never been done before. The 1989 album from Kennedy of the Four Seasons was at the top of the classical charts for over a year and sold over 3 million units
Kennedy and his genres
The classical superstar has covered every genre you can possibly think of and has amassed a huge following since the 80s. He is now heavily involved in the klezmer scene and has done many covers of pop and rock favourites. Kennedy had an interest in music from a very young age and is said to have often gone over to the family piano and bashed out tunes at a surprisingly adept level. He actually started his career when he was just seven and has seemingly become more and more of a character. Breaking away from the stereotypes of classical concerts, Kennedy has been known to perform his concerts wearing Aston Villa football tops and t-shirts and jeans. After a concert in the eighties (which I believe was phenomenal) Kennedy exited his venue and found his way to the car park where he proceeded to clamber on top of my mother’s car and attempt to yank off the windscreen wipers. Hopefully tonight’s performance will live up to standards, and leave the audience members enthralled.