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Picture/Video: Kennedy wows The Proms in his Villa shirt
Nigel Kennedy on form.
8th Sep 2013
Picture/Video: Kennedy wows The Proms in his Villa shirt


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Nigel Kennedy gave a virtuoso performance at the Last Night of the Proms - in his treasured Villa shirt.

Having already played 'Lark Ascending' exquisitely in more conservative attire, Kennedy returned to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall resplendent in a claret and blue classic from 2009-10.

Kennedy performed the Vaughan Williams masterpiece before heading off stage to wow at Proms in the Park in Hyde Park.

It was there that he changed into his Villa top before heading back to the Great Hall for more violin brilliance.

He charged in with a cup of tea to wet his whistle, turned to the audience, smiled, and pointed to 'Agbonlahor 11' on the back of his shirt.

And an audience member made him feel at home by shouting 'Come on Villa' just before he launched into The Czardas, a fiendishly fast number - somewhat appropriate given Gabby's place of honour on his top.

He was joined on stage by Marin Alsop, who is the first female conductor in the Proms' 118-year history, and Kansas-born Joyce Didonato, possibly the greatest coluratura soprano alive.

For over 25 years, Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world's leading violin virtuosos and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced.

From a young age, he was Yehudi Menuhin's most famous protégé, studying first at the Menuhin School before moving on to the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

During his career, he has undertaken countless international tours, performing with the world's leading orchestras and conductors throughout Europe, North America, Central and South America, South East Asia and Australia.

And, of course, Kennedy is a massive Villa supporter and wowed fans in 2008 when he offered all season card holders free tickets for any date on his 'A Very Nice Album' tour.

He even once painted his car in the colours of claret and blue.

Snap up match tickets for Newcastle.

 Picture by BBC's Chris Christodoulou.

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