WSO: Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the 2016 BBC Young Musician, a title he won with a stunning performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto at London’s Barbican Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2016. In April 2017, Sheku returned to the hall for another performance of the concerto, this time with the National Youth Orchestra and Carlos Miguel Prieto after which the Guardian wrote that “technically superb and eloquent in his expressivity, he held the capacity audience spellbound with an interpretation of exceptional authority” and the Telegraph acknowledged “what a remarkable musician he already is, bringing other-worldly tone to the haunting slow movement and displaying mature musicianship in his handling of the extended cadenza”.
In February 2017, Sheku performed an arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for Cello and String Trio at the BAFTAS Awards show at the Royal Albert Hall, an interpretation which brought the celebrity-filled audience to their feet and which has subsequently been shared and viewed by nearly two million people on social media sites. He has an exclusive recording contract with Decca Classics and his first concerto recording for the label will be released in 2018. The family were featured in a BBC Four documentary Young, Gifted and Classical. The concert opens with Smetana’s brilliant overture to his opera The Bartered Bride, a sparkling work that dazzles with its orchestral virtuosity and infectious dance rhythms. Brahms’s Second Symphony is one of the sublime romantic masterpieces of the nineteenth century. A work that glows with lyrical tunes, lush harmonies and rich orchestral sonorities and which builds to a warm satisfying climax.
Sunday 4 March
£28 / £25 / £19
Under 16s £1 (not available online)