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Nicky and Wynton: The Making of a Concerto

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary exploring a unique musical collaboration between American jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti.

The film follows the two musicians as they embark on a journey that culminates in the creation and performance of a violin concerto written by Marsalis especially for Benedetti. The composition, which draws inspiration from the violin concerto's first formation in the Baroque era to the 21st century and African-American spiritual music, explores Nicola and Wynton's own musical heritage in Scottish folk and American jazz music respectively.

The film follows Wynton and Nicola during the process of composition, rehearsals and performance, from the pair batting ideas and drafts back and forth across the Atlantic to rehearsals together in the UK and US, and the world premiere of the violin concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican. Show less

Contributors

Production Company:
Swan Films
Producer:
Chris Eley
Director:
Chris Eley
Executive Producer:
Neil Crombie
Executive Producer:
Joe Evans
Participant:
Nicola Benedetti
Participant:
Wynton Marsalis
Participant:
Jonathan Kelly
Conductor:
James Gaffigan
Narrator:
Eve Best

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