A pres­ti­gious string to mu­sic club’s bow

Recital by royal wed­ding cel­list Sheku Kan­neh-Ma­son and sis­ter Isata

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

PHOTO: IS­ABEL INFANTES/PA WIRE

Sheku Kan­nehMa­son with his Clas­sic Brit awards

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