World-renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy returned to the Royal Albert Hall in March 2017 with a special headline show, as part of our inaugural Love Classical festival.

Take a look behind the scenes as Nigel and his special guests, including jazz-violinist Jean-Luc Ponty prepared for the show:

Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise
Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise
Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise
Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise
Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise
Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise
Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise
Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise

Ahead of his anticipated performance, Kennedy said:

‘The Royal Albert Hall has always been a venue which has a special significance for me. Whether it has been attending concerts by Stephane Grappelli or Yehudi Menuhin as a child or attending many of Frank Bruno’s early fights, this venue has a gladiatorial aspect to it, which creates a completely unique atmosphere between the performers and the audience. I’m really looking forward to playing such a diverse range of music to one of the best audiences in the world!’
Nigel Kennedy, on Radio 2

Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise
Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise
Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise
Behind the scenes at Nigel Kennedy and Friends: Gala Concert. Photo: Andy Paradise


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All photos: Andy Paradise