Sheku Kanneh-Mason shot to global fame after his mesmerising performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.

The winner of the BBC Young Musician award in 2016, and the first cellist in history to reach the top 10 of the UK album charts, Sheku is also one of seven siblings, all extraordinary instrumentalists, who have been described by Simon Cowell as the world’s most talented family.

On this, the first Australian tour by Sheku and the Kanneh-Masons, he will be joined by his sister Isata, now one of Britain’s leading young pianists, in a performance of greatly loved sonatas for cello and piano, and, in the second half of the program, by the entire family. The program will feature works by Schubert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Gershwin and other popular composers.

The Kanneh-Masons are Isata, 26 (piano), Braimah, 24 (violin), Sheku, 23 (cello), Konya, 22 (piano and violin), Jeneba, 19 (piano and cello), Aminata, 16 (violin and piano), and Mariatu, 13 (cello and piano).

In a coup for Australian audiences, this will be the largest tour the siblings have undertaken together outside of the UK.

The concert tour to Australia this summer is the most exciting event on the Kanneh-Mason calendar to date. We have never been to Australia but we have always wanted to go, and to have the opportunity to play there is a dream come true.
We are excited to meet our audiences on the other side of the world and visit so many different cities, beginning with Perth. We have been waiting since 2020 to perform in Australia and we can’t wait to be there! – Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason (mother)

Sheku plays a 1700 Matteo Gofriller cello, kindly on loan from an anonymous syndicate of private investors.

The Kanneh-Masons – Exclusive Australian album
https://classicsdirect.com.au/products/the-kanneh-masons-the-kanneh-masons-cd-australian-exclusive

Order Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason’s new album, ‘Muse’.
https://classicsdirect.com.au/collections/pre-orders/products/sheku-and-isata-kanneh-mason-muse-cd?_pos=1&_sid=8b21e9b05&_ss=r

This 20-year-old British cellist has sparked a global music phenomenon
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/this-20-year-old-british-cellist-has-sparked-a-global-music-phenomenon

Good Weekend: From the royal wedding to the world stage, meet virtuoso cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason
https://www.smh.com.au/culture/music/from-the-royal-wedding-to-the-world-stage-meet-virtuoso-cellist-sheku-kanneh-mason-20191203-p53gdh.html

New York Times review: A Brother and Sister Triumph Together at Carnegie Hall
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/12/arts/music/review-sheku-kanneh-mason.html

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is first cellist in history to reach top 10 of UK album chart
https://www.classicfm.com/artists/sheku-kanneh-mason/makes-uk-chart-history-elgar-album/

Performances:

Perth
Perth Concert Hall
Thursday 4th August 2022 – 7pm
https://perthconcerthall.com.au/events/event/sheku-kanneh-mason-n

Adelaide
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Sunday 7th August 2022 – 2pm
https://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/events/sheku-kanneh-mason/

Sydney
The Concourse, Chatswood
Tuesday 9th August 2022 – 7pm
https://premier.ticketek.com.au/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=SHEKUKAN20

Sydney
City Recital Hall, Sydney
Thursday 11th August 2022 – 7pm
https://www.cityrecitalhall.com/whats-on/events/sheku-kanneh-mason-the-kanneh-mason-family/

Canberra
Canberra Theatre Centre
Sunday 14th August 2022 – 2pm
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/sheku-kanneh-mason/
Presented by Andrew McKinnon and Canberra Theatre Centre

Brisbane
Concert Hall, QPAC
Thursday 18th August 2022 – 7pm
https://www.qpac.com.au/event/sheku_kanneh_mason_20/

Melbourne
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Saturday 20th August 2022 – 2pm
https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2022/classical-music/sheku-kanneh-mason

Program:

Frank Bridge
Sonata for Cello and Piano
I. Allegro ben moderato
II. Adagio ma non troppo – Molto allegro agitato
Sheku, cello, Isata, piano

George Gershwin
Prelude N.1 (from The Three Préludes)
Isata, piano

Felix Mendelssohn
Song without words for cello and piano d major opus 109
Sheku, cello, Isata, piano

Maria Theresia von Paradis
Sicilienne
Sheku, cello, Isata, piano

Dmitri Shostakovich
Sonata for Cello and Piano
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
Sheku, cello, Isata, piano

Intermission (20 minutes)

Eric Whitacre (arr. Parkin)
Seal Lullaby
Isata, piano, Jeneba, piano, Braimah, violin, Konya, violin, Aminata, violin, Mariatu, cello, Sheku, cello

Franz Schubert
Impromptu op 90 no 2
Konya, piano

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Violin Sonata in D Minor
I. Allegro ma non tanto
Braimah, violin, Jeneba, piano

Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Trio n.1 in D Minor op. 49
II. Andante con moto tranquillo
Jeneba, piano, Aminata, violin, Mariatu, cello

Franz Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
Jeneba, piano

Jerry Bock (arr. Kanneh-Masons)
Fiddler on the Roof
Isata, piano, Jeneba, piano, Braimah, violin, Konya, violin, Aminata, violin, Mariatu, cello, Sheku, cello

Bob Marley (arr. Kanneh-Masons)
Redemption Song
Isata, piano, Jeneba, piano, Braimah, violin, Konya, violin, Aminata, violin, Mariatu, cello, Sheku, cello

*Program subject to change