Anyone who thinks classical music is boring needs to go to a Classical Kicks show. In one night we went from La Traviata to Czech and Slovak folk music, to the best cover of “Your Song” I have ever heard (sorry Ellie Goulding, but frankly Lizzie’s version was way better).
The Studio at St James’ Theatre is a really small, intimate setting and was rather reminiscent of an old school jazz club.
Classical music and opera have traditionally been written for opera houses and large concert halls. As much as I enjoy the grand atmosphere, sometimes I just want to relax and enjoy music for what it is – without the frills and formalities.
The audience seemed mesmerized by the entire thing, especially when his young violinist Lizzie Ball took a solo, or even channeled Mary Ford’s vocals on the Les Paul classic “How High the Moon.
Violinist/vocalist Lizzie Ball was a force and possibly commanded as much attention as Beck. Rhonda Smith was ferocious on the bass, and as with the other musicians in the band, had a great time letting the instrument do the talking.
Lizzie is delighted to feature in a recent article along with her fellow classical collaborator Gabi Swallow, in which they both discuss with journalist Tom Hodge their views on classical music in unusual contexts, with reference to Lizzie’s Classical Kicks.