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Sheku Kanneh-Mason

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Stop Crying Your Heart Out BBC Children In Need, Anoushka Shankar, Ava Max, BBC Concert Orchestra 03:43
Songs without Words, Op. 62 : Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Op. 62 - No. 1, Andante espressivo Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Felix Mendelssohn 02:00
J.S. Bach: Come, Sweet Death, BWV 478 (Arr. for 5 Cellos) Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Hannah Roberts, Ben Davies, Desmond Neysmith 03:17
Melody Sheku Kanneh-Mason 02:09
Carnival of the Animals : Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals - The Swan Isata Kanneh-Mason, Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, Sheku Kanneh-Mason 02:30
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 : Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - III. Adagio Sheku Kanneh-Mason, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle 04:53
Fauré: Après un rêve, Op. 7, No. 1 (Arr. for Cello and Piano) Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Isata Kanneh-Mason 03:01
4 Short Pieces, H. 104 : Bridge: 4 Short Pieces, H. 104 - 2. Spring Song (Arr. Parkin) Sheku Kanneh-Mason, The Heath Quartet 02:16
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" : Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" - 9. Nimrod. Adagio (Arr. Parkin) Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Ashok Klouda, Caroline Dearnley, Hannah Roberts 04:00
Same Boat Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Zak Abel 03:53

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Winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award at the age of 17 in 2016 changed the life of Sheku Kanneh-Mason and set him on the road to becoming one of the world's most exciting young cellists, not least for his unlikely arrangements of material like Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' and Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry'. He even became the subject of TV documentary 'Young, Gifted & Classical: The Making of a Maestro' which added to his already high profile, leading up to the release of his first recording, a three-track EP that included Casal's 'Song of the Birds', Bloch's 'Abodah' and Fauré's 'Après un Rêve'.

Born into a musical family in Nottingham, England, his first instrument was the violin but later turned to the cello. Winning a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music he was tutored by Ben Davies and spent a lot of time travelling backwards and forwards to London where Chi-chi Nwanoku, founder of the Chineke Orchestra, saw him playing a concert with his sister Isata and brother Braimah and invited them to join.

In 2015 he and his siblings entered the 'Britain's Got Talent' TV show performing as the Kanneh-Masons and, although they didn't win, Sheku gained valuable experience which stood him in good stead for the BBC Young Musician competition a year later, becoming the contest's first black winner in its 38-year history by playing Shostakovich's 'Cello Concerto No. 1'. He subsequently signed a record deal with Decca Classics on a Nottingham City transport bus which was then named after him, and went on to perform at London's Royal Albert Hall at the 2017 British Academy Film Awards.

In 2018 he performed Maria Theresia von Paradis' 'Sicilienne' and Gabriel Fauré's 'Ave Maria' at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Later in the same year he took to the stage at the Royal Variety Performance, an honour which he repeated the following year before being awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year Honours.