Monday, 7 September 2020

Returning to live-performance: Sheku Kanneh-Mason joins Fantasia Orchestra for Dvorak's Cello Concerto

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Tom Fetherstonhaugh after Sheku's debut with Fantasia Orchestra, playing Haydn's C major Cello Concerto (2016)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason  & Tom Fetherstonhaugh
after Sheku's debut with Fantasia Orchestra,
playing Haydn's C major Cello Concerto (2016)

The Fantasia Orchestra, an ensemble made up of London-based young musicians, is returning to live performance with an audience and has four performances planned, in London and in Wells Cathedral. 

Conducted by its founder Tom Fetherstonhaugh, the orchestra will be joined by cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason for Dvorak's Cello Concerto, and the programme is completed by a selection of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. There are two performances at Wells Cathedral on Wednesday 16 September 2020, and two performances at St Mary's Abbotts Church, High Street Kensington, London on Saturday 19 September 2020. The orchestra will be playing the chamber orchestra arrangement of Dvorak's concerto, which was created in 2017 by conductor and composer George Morton.

Tom Fethersonhaugh founded the orchestra in 2016, when it was made up of players from London's junior conservatoire departments, and it has built on that beginning and now draws its players from conservatoires and universities across the country. Sheku Kanneh-Mason has performed with the orchestra before, in 2016 he played Haydn's Cello Concerto in C with them, and he has also played principal cello with the group.

Full details from the orchestra's website.

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