Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has today (Friday 10 January 2020) released his new album ‘Elgar’ on Decca Classics.

Returning to his hometown of Nottingham for a special performance and signing this evening, the award-winning young cellist’s album launch comes just after his recognition for services to music in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, having been appointed Member of the British Empire (MBE) at just 20 years old.

The album includes the much-loved Elgar Cello Concerto, recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Commenting on the nine pieces that feature on the album alongside the Cello Concerto, Kanneh-Mason explains: ‘All the pieces are connected, either exercising similar emotions to the Cello Concerto, or written around the same time.’

Gennaro Castaldo of record labels association the BPI said: ‘We are seeing renewed interest in classical fuelled by an exciting new wave of talent led by Sheku and increased access to music through streaming. Despite his tender years, or perhaps because of his already incredible achievements at such a young age, Sheku is inspiring a new generation to explore and enjoy the genre, while his championing of music education will hopefully encourage many others to learn to play or access music in schools and in the new government music hubs.’

A passionate advocate for music education provision, Kanneh-Mason adds: ‘The love and enjoyment for this great art is something that should be available to everyone, regardless of background. I had incredible support from the state schools I attended in Nottingham where music was promoted for its value in developing listening skills, teamwork, self-expression and hard work.’