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Nigel Kennedy

Nigel Kennedy plays Jimi Hendrix

Violin Maestro, Nigel Kennedy, is performing a special concert at the New Theatre Oxford inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix
"He was always gracious and never insulting to anybody and this showed through the music"

Nigel Kennedy’s Jimi Hendrix concert at the New Theatre Oxford, which is one of just three, takes place on 14 September at 7:30pm.

Kennedy’s experiences in music have ranged from straight classical interpretations to collaborations with Stefan Grappelli, Kate Bush, Robert Plant and Paul McCartney. However from early on in his career there has been one composer to whom he keeps on returning, namely Jimi Hendrix.

“What attracts me to Jimi Hendrix’s music is the amazingly open mind that he had,” he said.

“This was reflected in many ways; he was always gracious and never insulting to anybody and this showed through the music.

“There were any number of influences that he could hear through the compositions; these ranged from rock, blues and Celtic through to trance and experimental styles. Maybe that’s why I find it so natural exploring his music, having been involved in so many similar styles myself”.

Kennedy’s 2015 concerts will see the virtuoso work with a brand new international line-up consisting of guitarist Doug Boyle (who took Jimmy Page’s place working with Robert Plant regularly), Julian Buschberger (an 18-year-old guitar prodigy), Orphy Robinson (the unique vibraphonist who was a founding member of The Jazz Warriors), Tomasz Kupiec and Adam Czerwinski (one of the leading European rhythm sections who emanate from the Jarek Śmietana band).

Kennedy’s performance will range from full electric to completely acoustic renditions, and will include such compositions as Purple Haze, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Crosstown Traffic, Fire and many more.

Tickets can be purchased from the New Theatre box office on George Street, by ringing 0844 871 3020 or by visiting our website (phone and internet bookings subject to booking/transaction fee).

For bookings of 10 or more, or for Equal Access bookings, please call our dedicated in-house team on 0844 871 3040.


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