Nigel Kennedy blasts Classic FM ‘censorship’News
The veteran controversialist has pulled out of a Royal Albert Hall concert this week with the Chineke orchestra after Classic FM, the broadcast partner, allegedly objected to him playing Jimi Hendrix.
Kennedy said: ‘Kennedy said: ‘Chi-Chi and Chineke! were saying we want to be seen as a classical orchestra and maybe the Hendrix repertoires not right. Classic FM were saying it’s not right for their audience.’
Chi-Chi Nwanoku said: ‘We had nothing to do with Nigel pulling out of this. It’s not up to us what we play in the Classic FM concert. It was decided by Classic FM, who rightly insist that repertoire played at their annual Royal Albert Hall concert is familiar to their loyal listeners. They did not want Jimi Hendrix on Classic FM. No blame should be laid at our feet.’
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