Sheku Kanneh-Mason Releases Debut EP on Decca Classics (performed at EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 12th February)

BBC Young Musician 2016 winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason is taking to the stage of London’s Royal Albert Hall this Sunday (12 February) to perform at the prestigious EE British Academy Film Awards in front of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Hollywood’s biggest stars.

It was announced today on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune that Sheku will play the cello during the emotional ‘In Memoriam’ section of the ceremony, which pays tribute to the committed and passionate individuals of the film industry who have passed away since the previous ceremony. He will be introduced by BAFTA host Stephen Fry and the ceremony will be televised to millions around the world.

To coincide with his performance at the BAFTAs, 17-year-old Sheku is also releasing a recording of the piece on his debut EP – his first release since signing to Decca Classics last year.

The three-track EP, which Sheku recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, includes Gabriel Fauré’s beautiful Après un rêve (accompanied on piano by his sister Isata Kanneh-Mason) and Ernest Bloch’s moving Abodah, arranged for cello by Sheku himself.

Sheku, who is studying for his A-Levels at Trinity Comprehensive School in Nottingham, comments:

“I am so excited to be releasing my first Decca recording and performing at the BAFTAs – it’s such a prestigious event and I can’t wait to see so many great actors who I admire.”

Sheku’s debut EP will be available on all digital platforms from this weekend. The EE British Academy Film Awards will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD from 9pm on Sunday. On the night, www.bafta.org will feature a live red carpet show as well as photography and winners interviews. Dedicated coverage will feature across social networks including Facebook (/BAFTA), Twitter (@BAFTA / #EEBAFTAs), Snapchat and Instagram.

For more information on Sheku please contact: rachel.tregenza@umusic.com / 07787 821021

Jessica Duchen blogs about BBC Young Musician 2016

The BBC has announced the line-up of category finalists for its Young Musician of the Year 2016. There are some exciting names on the list, including some we’ve come across before and loved hearing, in a variety of contexts, and a couple who are apparently gluttons for punishment since they are taking their second try – or, in one case, even a third shot at the contest despite having won his category before.

Watch out for cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – from a whole family of gifted musical siblings…here he is with his violinist brother Braimah playing the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia:

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