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10 March 2017, 15:46 | Updated: 31 March 2017, 17:16
Nigel Kennedy shot to fame as a classical violinist with a blockbuster recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in 1989. But now he’s planning to stop playing classical music entirely – with one exception.
Nigel Kennedy is one of the biggest names in classical music. But when he spoke to Classic FM ahead of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall (14 March), he said he was planning to focus on other genres of music:
“I’m thinking of giving up the whole of classical music except Bach. I’m going to do one or two things in the next couple of years but then devote most of my attention to other aspects of music outside classical, but Bach’s always going to be there.”
“No musician on the planet believes in some kind of protectionist scenario like Brexit or who would be so selfish to not want to help someone less fortunate than themselves… I’m extremely embarrassed and upset by the whole scenario.”
Playing some beautiful Bach