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12 October 2017, 8pm at the Old Divinity School

We are delighted to welcome siblings Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason to open our 2017/2018 chamber music series. In May 2016, Sheku won the BBC Young Musician competition, performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Hall. Isata Kanneh-Mason is an undergraduate at The Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Hamish Milne, having been awarded the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. She performed with Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013.

Individual tickets for this concert are SOLD OUT. Call 01223 748100 to be added to our waiting list, or to purchase a subscription ticket to secure your place at all of our 2017/2018 chamber concerts.



Gaspar Cassado: Suite for solo cello
Beethoven: Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op.5 No.2
Shostakovich: Sonata in D minor, Op.40


About Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason began learning the cello aged six with Sarah Huson- Whyte. In May 2016, at the age of 17, Sheku won the BBC Young Musician competition, performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Hall. He currently studies cello with Ben Davies at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, where he holds the ABRSM Junior Scholarship.

Sheku won Nottingham Young Musician of the Year aged 12, and was three times a winner of the Royal Academy’s Lower Strings Prize. He has held the String Recital Trophy for the Derby Music Festival for five years. Sheku won the Royal Academy Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music Prize (2014), the Pro Corda Chamber Music Competition (2015), and is the Gregynog Young Musician 2015.

A keen chamber musician, Sheku performs regularly as part of the Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio and String Quartet, and the Mizuta Trio.

Isata Kanneh-Mason was in the Piano Category Final of The BBC Young Musician 2014, winning The Walter Todds Bursary for the most promising musician before the Grand Final. She has won The Royal Academy Iris Dyer Piano Prize four times and won the Mrs Claude Beddington Prize for outstanding recital results in her second year as an undergraduate at The Royal Academy.

Isata has performed several times on BBC television and radio, including Radio 3 In Tune, The Proms Extra, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Al Jazeera TV, BBC World Service, Channel 4, The One Show, the BBC4 documentary: Young, Gifted and Classical, ITV Born To Shine, and BBC Young Musician.

Isata and Sheku both recently performed together, with their other siblings, in the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent, leading Simon Cowell to name them ‘The Most Talented Family in the World’.