Who is Royal Wedding Cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason ?

Kanneh-Mason was one of the talented musicians who performed during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s wedding ceremony on Saturday 19th, 2018

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19 years of age, is a British cellist. He grew up in Nottingham, England and he is the third of the seven children of Stuart Mason, a business manager, and Dr. Kadiatu Kanneh, a former university lecturer, and began playing the cello at the age of six, having briefly played the violin.

At the age of nine, he passed the Grade 8 cello examination with the highest marks in the UK, and won the Marguerite Swan Memorial Prize. Also aged nine he won an ABRSM junior scholarship to join the Junior Academy of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was tutored by Ben Davies. Kanneh-Mason received his non-specialist education as a pupil at the Trinity School, Nottingham, where he studied for A levels in Music, Maths and Physics.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Kevin John Edusei (conductor) and the Chineke! Orchestra.

Kanneh-Mason was one of the talented musicians who performed during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s wedding ceremony on Saturday 19th, 2018. Sheku said he was "excited and honoured" when Meghan rang him up to ask if he would perform ahead of the wedding. He wrote on Twitter: "I was bowled over when Ms Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes!!! What a privilege. I can’t wait!"

Along with an orchestra made up of instrumentalists from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia, he played three songs during the Signing of the Register near the end of the wedding ceremony, the talented cellist played:

Sicilienne Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824) arr. Chris Hazell (b.1948)
Apres un reve Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) arr. Chris Hazell
Ave Maria Franz Schubert (1797-1828) arr. Chris Hazell
Kanneh-Mason says that in the immediate aftermath of his performance, he was pleased with how it went, though he hasn’t had a chance to watch back yet. He says that he was told Harry and Meghan enjoyed it, too. “I think to play at anyone’s wedding, is an honor,” Kanneh-Mason says. “But to play at a wedding of this significance, it’s just incredible.” He adds: “They’re so lovely. I’m just so glad to have been a part of their special day.”

The teenage performer sounded overjoyed when asked how he’s felt to perform for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their big day. "I'm really grateful to have had the opportunity to perform to so many people," he told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat following his involvement on the big day.

Speaking of his music choices he said: "The first two pieces I suggested because they're pieces I've always loved for a very long time."

He added: “Then Ave Maria, which is probably the most popular piece of the three, was by suggestion of the couple.” He says that he was “obviously happy” to play all three songs for the couple.
England may have a new duke and duchess in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but in the process, classical music also got a new star in Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a 19-year-old cellist from Nottingham, captivated the congregation and everyone watching the royal wedding, his music filling St. George's Chapel.

Sheku won the prestigious BBC Young Musician competition of the Year in 2016

The Kanneh-Masons first came to fame after all but the youngest appeared on "Britain's Got Talent" back in 2015. They made it all the way to the semi-finals. A year before that, Sheku won the prestigious BBC Young Musician competition of the Year in 2016. He was the first black musician to win since the award's launch 38 years earlier. Sheku grew up in Nottingham and began playing the cello when he was just six. Prior to this, he had briefly played the violin.

For anyone else, you might say performing at a royal wedding is probably a career best, but for Sheku, it seems his career is just getting started.
"I think it's something I will remember for the rest of my life," he said. "I don't really like watching myself play, but maybe when I'm 50, looking back, it'll be nice to see."

You can catch him live on these dates and venue:
25/05/2018 The Forum     Bath, United Kingdom  
26/05/2018 St Michaels Church       Bath, United Kingdom  
15/06/2018 St Andrew's Church      Naunton, United Kingdom     
17/06/2018 Jordans Music Club       London, United Kingdom       
26/06/2018 Parish Church of St. Nicholas High Bradfield, United Kingdom     
28/06/2018 St Jude-on-the-Hill         London, United Kingdom       
30/06/2018 Erin Arts Centre   Port Erin, Isle of Man   
06/07/2018 Town Hall  Cheltenham, United Kingdom
08/07/2018 Parish Church      Thaxted, United Kingdom      
15/07/2018 Royal Albert Hall London, United Kingdom       
17/07/2018 St Peter's Church Budleigh   Salterton, United Kingdom         
19/07/2018 Temple Methodist Church       Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom         
24/07/2018 Castle Howard     York, United Kingdom 
25/07/2018 Duncombe Park   Helmsley, United Kingdom    
02/08/2018 Klosterkirche Eberbach Eltville, Germany
25/08/2018 Minster       Southwell, United Kingdom   
30/08/2018 Lukaskirche          Lucerne, Switzerland    
01/09/2018 Château de Chillon        Veytaux, Switzerland   
18/10/2018 Benaroya Hall      Seattle, USA       
19/10/2018 Benaroya Hall      Seattle, USA       
20/10/2018 Benaroya Hall      Seattle, USA       
24/10/2018 Muziekgebouw     Amsterdam, Netherlands        
08/11/2018 Philharmonic Hall    Liverpool, United Kingdom   
30/11/2018 Philharmonic Hall    Liverpool, United Kingdom
02/12/2018 Barbican Centre   London, United Kingdom
04/12/2018 Barbican Centre   London, United Kingdom
11/12/2018 Tonhalle Maag     Zurich, Switzerland
16/03/2019 Concertgebouw    Amsterdam, Netherlands        
18/03/2019 Concertgebouw    Amsterdam, Netherlands
25/04/2019 Symphony Hall    Atlanta, USA
27/04/2019 Symphony Hall    Atlanta, USA
16/05/2019 Town Hall  Birmingham, United Kingdom