Sheku Kanneh-Mason funds cello lessons at former school11:33, 13th September 2017
Sheku Kanneh-Mason has donated money to his former school to ensure that cello teaching continues.
The 18-year-old cellist, who has just started his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, donated £3,000 to Trinity Catholic School in Aspley, Nottingham after hearing that budget cuts could bring an end to cello teaching.
The money, which was earned through playing engagements, will ensure that cello teaching continues at the school for the next three years.
Kanneh-Mason, who won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, told the Nottingham Post: ‘I have had amazing opportunities at Trinity School, and to see other children not have the same opportunities as I had would be a huge shame.
‘Being a cellist myself the department of music is something that is close to my heart and I couldn’t see it go,especially when I knew I could do something about it.
‘I didn’t really have to think about it, I knew it was the right thing to do.’
The cellist’s mother, Kadie Mason, said Sheku was ‘heartbroken’ when he heard cello teaching was under threat.
‘Sheku would like to help ensure the continuation of the opportunities he had at Trinity and allow other pupils to benefit from learning a musical instrument, particularly the cello.
‘Hopefully his donation will be an encouragement to others and send the message that music in schools is too valuable to lose.’