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Speed Interview – Andrew Kennedy

Mon Jan 7 2013

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With his performance in Haydn’s Creation on the horizon, we asked tenor Andrew Kennedy a few quick questions…

What do you fear the most?
Losing my health.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My wife, Kate.

What – or where – is perfection?
Having been in France for the last two months, perfection was spending Christmas at home with my lovely family.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Mr Micawber from David Copperfield. For his good humour and unbridled optimism in the face of disaster.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
Stephen Fry. He makes me laugh, and I admire his huge intellect and erudition.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
The ability to do nothing without feeling guilty.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Try to enjoy the present.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
Bach’s St John Passion.  Anything by Bach…

What’s the best thing about playing with the OAE?
Performing with such stylish and honed musicians.  It’s very humbling.

 

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