Monday, 6 January 2020

Sheku Kanneh-Mason joins the London Mozart Players for their first concert of 2020 at the newly restored Fairfield Halls in Croydon

Sheku Kanneh-Mason with the London Mozart Players in 2017
Sheku Kanneh-Mason with the London Mozart Players in 2017
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason joins the London Mozart Players for their first concert of 2020 at the newly restored Fairfield Halls in Croydon on Sunday 12 January 2020, performing Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1

This won't be the cellist's first appearance with the orchestra, in 2017 he performed the Haydn Cello Concerto with them at one of their community concerts at the church of St John the Evangelist in Upper Norwood. Kanneh-Mason, who is not yet 21, has had an extraordinary career since winning the BBC Young Musician in 2016 and this month sees him continuing with the release of his recording of Elgar's Cello Concerto with Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra on Decca (but this does not make Kanneh-Mason the youngest instrumentalist to record an Elgar concerto, that prize goes to Yehudi Menuhin who was 16 when he recorded the Elgar Violin Concerto with the composer conducting).

On Sunday 12 January 2019, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the London Mozart Players, conductor Jaime Martin (himself a former flautist with the orchestra), perform Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1 as part of an all-French programme including music by Ravel and Bizet, alongside Mozart's Symphony No. 31. The symphony was written when the 22-year-old composer was in Paris, and features the largest orchestra that he had yet written for as the Concert Spirituel, where it was premiered, allowed him to write for double woodwind (flutes, oboes, bassoons AND clarinets), two trumpets, two horns and timpani.

Further details from the London Mozart Players' website.

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