A prestigious string to music club’s bow
Recital by royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and sister Isata
HE may currently be at the top of the classical charts, riding high in the pop charts and the owner of two shiny new Classic Brit awards but that didn’t stop cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, from keeping his date with a Bucks music club.
The young cellist garnered worldwide acclaim after being asked to play at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. But long before that he had been invited to give a recital in Seer Green, on Sunday June 17 for Jordans Music Club.
Sheku’s sister Isata, herself an exceptionally talented pianist, accompanied him at the recital which was held at the Jubilee Hall.
Sheku and Isata are two members of the extraordinary Kanneh-Mason family of seven children. Mr Kanneh-Mason also won BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016.
Following the royal wedding 18 year-old Sheku saw his debut album Inspirations rise to 11 in the charts and return to No1 in the classical charts.
On June 12 he claimed two Classic Brit awards, Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice award.
Speaking before the music club recital, chairman Marian Pell said: “When we heard Sheku play in the 2016 competition we knew that we had to invite him to play for us. Little did we know that he would become a worldwide phenomenon as well as a wonderful cellist.
“And what is more, Sheku is playing for us a cello sonata by Francis Poulenc which received its first public performance in this country in 1949 at Jordans Music Club with Poulenc himself at the piano and Pierre Fournier playing the cello.
“Sheku’s concert sold out a long time ago – even before the Royal wedding – but we still have some tickets left for our other two concerts.”
Now in its 75th year, the club is dedicated to bringing chamber music of the highest quality to the local community at affordable prices and has a policy of giving opportunities to talented young artists to play in the festival alongside established greats such as the Nash Ensemble and Freddy Kempf (piano), who play for the Club on July 1 and 15.
Isata and Sheku KannehMason at Jordans Music Club. Left, Sheku performing during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor
Sheku KannehMason with his Classic Brit awards