NIGEL Kennedy plays Jimi Hendrix for a good cause at Leamington’s Assembly on Monday (March 9).
The violinist will perform his acclaimed The Hendrix Project for no fee as the opening event of a series of Human Aid charity concerts at the Spencer Street venue organised by renowned barrister Michael Mansfield QC.
The series will raise money for three charities – Medical Aid for Palestine, Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) and The Children’s Air Ambulance Service.
Mr Mansfield said: “I am delighted that Nigel has kindly agreed to be part of this ambitious and unique project and believe it is an excellent way to start our “human aid” fundraising campaign which will continue between April 7 and 11. The people not only of Leamington, but the wider area, will enjoy the diversity this event will bring to the Assembly.”
Although acknowledged as one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos, Nigel Kennedy is no ordinary classical musician.
His punk attitude both on and off the bandstand has seen him turn classical music on its head. In 1999, the self-proclaimed ‘bad boy of the string set’ paid tribute to the ‘wild man of pop’ by releasing The Kennedy Experience, an album of music inspired by rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix.
Kennedy revisits the album at the Assembly where the audience can expect classics such as Little Wing, Fire and Purple Haze.
Visit www.leamingtonassembly.com or call 0871 220 0260 for tickets and further details.