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REVIEW: Nigel Kennedy at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds Festival

Two sofas, four pipes and a magical and commanding performance by Nigel Kennedy captivated a packed house.

Forever reinventing his offer and expanding his talents virtuoso performer Kennedy and his talented four piece support made this an evening to remember.

As his supporting players sat on sofas with the pipes handed out by Kennedy, the violinist gave an absorbing interpretation of Bach’s Sonata in G minor, before they moved on to his own composition The Magician of Lublin and then a selection of Gershwin.

Nigel Kennedy.
Nigel Kennedy.

The stage was backlit in his beloved Aston Villa colours and the second half had all musicians wearing team shirts.

There was plenty of humour and fun but above all there was massive expertise and musical magic from this genie of sound.

Piotr Kulakowski on bass provided a constant backdrop while Peter Adams, cello, performed haunting moments alongside Kennedy’s amazing playing. Guitars of Rolf Bussalb and Doug Boyle were in their element during the Gershwin and the Lublin piece, the latter dedicated to the devastated Jewish culture of Poland.

You Can’t Take That Away From Me, Lady Be Good and Swing 39 had all players jamming furiously and there was an additional treat as the master magician took to the piano.

Wearing odd shoes and the ubiquitous Villa shirt Kennedy ended the evening with Danny Boy and his spellbound audience sang a quiet satisfied accompaniment.

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