PROM 84: September 12
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, one of the brightest young stars on the classical music scene, became a household name worldwide in May 2018 after performing at the wedding of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. His performance was greeted with universal excitement after being watched by nearly 2 billion people globally. The winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition, Sheku is already in great demand from major orchestras and concert halls worldwide. In January 2018, his debut recording for DECCA Classics, Inspiration, was released, featuring the Shostakovich Cello concerto No.1 with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. In June 2018, Sheku received the Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice Awards at the re-launched Classic BRIT Awards, and in July 2018 became the first artist to receive the new BRIT certified Breakthrough Award, having sold over 30,000 copies of his debut album in the UK and surpassing 100,000 album sales worldwide. In January 2020, Sheku released his second album, Elgar, centred around the Elgar cello concerto, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.