Watch Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Video For New Single ‘Melody’

Sheku Kanneh-Mason has released one of his own compositions for the first time – watch the video for his new single ‘Melody’ here.

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For the first time Sheku Kanneh-Mason has released one of his own compositions – watch the video for his new single, ‘Melody’, which was filmed in the garden of his family home in Nottingham.

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“I wrote this tune a while back, inspired by folk music I love listening to”

Award-winning British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason recently celebrated his 21st birthday and is delighted to mark the occasion by releasing his own piece, for solo cello, which was inspired by folk music. He sometimes performs ‘Melody’ as a surprise encore at concerts but had no intention of officially releasing it until now.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason explained, “I wrote this tune a while back, inspired by folk music I love listening to. I never intended to release it but felt now would be a good time to share it. I hope it might encourage people to try something new and express their creativity during this difficult time.”

The Kanneh-Mason family had been due to travel to Antigua last month to support the Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra. Instead, the seven siblings found themselves all together, back home in Nottingham for the first time in five years.

The family have been sharing two Facebook Live videos each week (on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30pm BST), featuring family activities and what used to be known as ‘salon’ concerts – short chamber performances at home, originally popularised in the 19th century by composers including Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt. Viewers are treated to a mix of masterclasses, solo and chamber performances, ‘Q&A’ sessions, and intimate snapshots of Britain’s most musical household as they step away from the international stage and into the homes of people around the world.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, was due to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 at the Royal Albert Hall on the 18 April 2020 and when the concert was cancelled the family accompanied her with a scratch orchestra at home on Facebook Live.

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Earlier this year Sheku Kanneh-Mason became the first cellist in chart history to break into the UK Official Album Chart Top 10 when his new album Elgar entered at No. 8. Elgar features the composer’s famous Cello Concerto, recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by one of Sheku’s lifelong heroes Sir Simon Rattle. Sheku Kanneh-Mason also made chart history with his Classical BRIT award-winning debut album Inspiration when he became the youngest cellist ever to break into the Top 20 UK Official Album Chart. The album entered at No. 18 and peaked at No. 11 following his performance at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018 which was watched across the world by 2 billion people. Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been described by The Times as, “The world’s new favourite cellist” and has been named as one of TIME Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders, evidence of his ability to cross boundaries and draw new audiences into the world of classical music.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s new single ‘Melody’ has been digitally released.

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