Preview: Nigel Kennedy at O2 Guildhall, Southampton

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On 20th April, critically-acclaimed violinist Nigel Kennedy is coming to Southampton’s O2 Guildhall alongside the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra to end his UK tour after dates in Croydon, Malvern and Watford.

The new tour revolves around the re-release and re-creation of Kennedy’s famous 1989 album Dedications which achieved world-wide acclaim as it became one of the fastest-selling classical albums of all time. It’s re-release, alongside the show, preserves all the original nostalgia while also embracing new music technologies to enhance the power and capabilities of classical music. Kennedy combines traditional and electric violin alongside both classical, pop and rock music to show that the violin is not an outdated instrument that should be consigned to the 20th century.

Kennedy is famous for his emotional and astounding performances. UK Music Reviews praised his previous tour highly, claiming that “when he starts to play, something extraordinary happens”. Kennedy rose to fame as Yehudi Menuhin’s most famous protégé, and was educated at Juilliard School of Music in New York under celebrated teacher Dorothy DeLay. The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, meanwhile, have performed at several nationally-acclaimed events and toured with Kennedy before, after accepting a base at the University of Oxford in 2002.

Tickets for Kennedy’s performance at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton on the 20th April are available via this link.

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