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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Sheku Kanneh-Mason announces debut album

11:53, 10th November 2017

Sheku Kanneh-Mason has collaborated with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and music director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla for his debut album Inspiration, scheduled for release on Decca Classics on 26 January 2018.

Recorded in Birmingham and Kanneh-Mason’s home town of Nottingham during two CBSO concerts conducted by Gražinytė-Tyla, the album is a collection of pieces of particular personal significance.

Kanneh-Mason pays tribute to his school music teacher, who first encouraged him to play ‘Evening of Roses’, and the great cellists – Mstislav Rostropovich, Pablo Casals and Jacqueline du Pré – who inspired him to play Offenbach’s ‘Tears for Jacqueline’ and Casals’ ‘Song of the Birds’.

The album also includes ‘The Swan’ from Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals, recorded in a brand new version for 12 cellos and harp; Shostakovich’s first cello concerto, with which he won BBC Young Musician in 2016; Kanneh-Mason’s own arrangement of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’; and Casals’ ‘Sardana’ in collaboration with fellow cellist and BBC Young Musician winner Guy Johnston.


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