PLEASE NOTE PROGRAMME CHANGE
The world’s biggest selling classical violinist of all time, maestro and maverick Nigel Kennedy performs a programme including J.S. Bach and George Gershwin, including interpretations of Summertime from Porgy and Bess, Oh, Lady Be Good! from Lady, Be Good and How Long Has This Been Going On? from Funny Face. Kennedy’s performances have ranged from straight classical interpretations to collaborations with Stéphane Grappelli, Kate Bush, Robert Plant and Paul McCartney, as well as a sold-out show here in 2009.
Nigel Kennedy says: “I have dedicated myself to the interpretation of the Bach solo sonatas for violin ever since I was a teenager. This music has a meditational focus and is also good for keeping my hands in shape for playing the violin. I will choose between the more intense G-Minor sonata No. 1 or the happier dance forms of the E-Major partita No. 3 depending on what particular vibe I get off you lot when we’re in the hall. The performance will come straight from my living room to you.”
“Until recently I always hated Gershwin, and buying Ella & Satchmo Sing Gershwin didn’t redress my problem. However, I had inadvertently heard these songs many times and loved them during my school days apprenticeship with Stephane Grappelli. The songs of the Gershwins have so much pathos, charm, flavour and craft that it will be a joy to play them for you tonight.”
This programme has replaced the previously advertised Nigel Kennedy plays Jimi Hendrix.
The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.
The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.
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