I was extra pleased and super surprised to get this back in the mail today. I have lingered outside venues in rain and hail for hours to catch one of the world’s violin greats, Nigel Kennedy, to sign my sketch. This creative ‘defacing’ of my profile drawing of him is a welcome and long overdue addition to my collection of famous fiddlers that include Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Stephane Grappelli, who incidently asked the 16 year old Nigel to appear with him at New York’s Carnege Hall. Nigel’s unique appearance, virtuosity and relaxed attitude has made him a popular figure with audiences worldwide.
Nigel has just finished his ‘The New Four Seasons’ UK tour revisiting his version of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ from the original 1989 recording that sold over 3 million copies and is considered one of the best classical albums of all time.
Music critic Rian Evan’s wrote in his Guardian review of the current gig, “The violinist is still a mass of contradictions, but his skill is still in tact and the sound compelling”
His final tour venue was G Live in Guildford. I thought that sounded like a place that would pass on my drawing to Nigel to sign and return. I was right.