‘The simple truth is that Nigel was a one-of-a-kind violinist’: Letters to the editor August 2022

LOTM Nigel Kennedy Uncensored

A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: August 2022 issue

In his defence

Although I have yet to read Nigel Kennedy’s autobiography Nigel Kennedy Uncensored! I would like to comment on Tully Potter’s review (July 2022), which is totally inconsistent with the Nigel I have known for more than 45 years.

Potter says: ‘Perhaps, without straying too far into amateur psychology, I can winkle out a few of the reasons why Nigel Kennedy seems desperate to be liked and acquire “street cred”.’ In all the years I have known him, I have never seen him desperate in any way to acquire ‘street cred’. I played duets with Nigel on the streets of New York City when we were students. Nigel always had a smile on his face and was so eager to please everyone. He was never desperate to be liked!…

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