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Nigel Kennedy

Nigel Kennedy

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Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival, will host a performance by the world’s best-selling violinist of all time, Nigel Kennedy, on Thursday May 25.

This will be at St Mary’s Church in Rye as part of a special spring series of concerts.

Kennedy has sold millions of albums across the world, performed to sell out audiences at international concerts halls, and continues to embrace new and challenging musical visions.

Nigel performs in Rye during his European tour, which has included two sold out concerts at both the Birmingham Symphony Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall in mid-March.

Bach Meets My World will be an exhilarating evening with a programme packed full of Nigel’s favourite, and most celebrated Bach compositions, combined with the music from his acclaimed and stunning new album My World. His audience should expect the unexpected, with additional repertoire including pieces from Stéphane Grappelli, and Jimi Hendrix.

Festival director Ian Bowden said: “This will be an incredible music experience, if you have never seen Nigel in concert before, and for those that have, you can expect the most exceptional evening of amazing music. The word genius is so often over used, but in the case of Kennedy, there is no denying that he is wholly deserving of being credited with this title.

Having had the pleasure of presented Nigel in concert in November 2016 in Brighton, I was completely overwhelmed by Nigel’s music ability, and his charismatic, fun and warm interaction with his audience – we are in for a real treat.”

The May series also includes two other world class concerts, with the highly acclaimed American jazz singer, and Grammy-nominated Stacey Kent, performing with her outstanding band, on Friday May 26.

A stunning double bill takes place on Saturday May 27 with two of the most talented singers, Sarah Jane Morris - performing with Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione - and Liane Carroll, both of whom have strong connections to nearby Hastings.

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