Despite an extraordinary rise in the activity of classical music, there is still a feeling that it needs to sell itself to certain audiences. Lovers of classical music can be uncomfortable with this sort of popularisation, but the three-day C’est Pas Classique festival in Nice on 10 to 12 November is beyond reproach for innovation and variety.
One leading name in the trend to popularise classical music is of course Nigel Kennedy who, with his style and repertoire, epitomises a fresh approach. As patron of the festival, he performs in Nice on the opening night, giving a concert with the Nice Philharmonic at the Salle Apollon, centred on a new take of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
The festival takes place at the Acropolis in Nice and includes gypsy music, baroque, jazz, bel canto, harp, guitar, dance and theatre. One highlight will be the Trio Zodiac on Saturday at 19:00, performing the unusual Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky.
To find out more about this and other music events, see our Live Music section in the What’s On Guide.