Hackney help for a stunning young musician

Sheku Kennet-Mason and sisters @ St Paul’s church Stoke Newington London N16 130216 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com
sheku16: BBC Four broadcasts Sheku, Kanneh-Mason competing in the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year semi-finals © david.altheer@gmail.com
BBC Four shows, top, Sheku Kanneh-Mason competing in the Young Musician of the Year semi-finals and, above, the Kanneh-Mason musicians at St Paul’s

HACKNEY HAD a thrilling preview of one of this country’s most exciting musical talents when a church hall hosted the teenager who has just won the strings section of Young Musician of the Year 2016.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 17, will take his cello to the Barbican concert hall in the City of London next weekend in his attempt to win the final of the BBC contest, to be declared winner in any instrumental category.

Stoke Newington had the good fortune to hear him play an exclusive concert after his teacher, Dalston musician Ben Davies, arranged for him to perform at St Paul’s church.

Kanneh-Mason concert London N16 Feb 2016 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com
High note: section of the programme of the family concert in Stoke Newington

The concert was staged to give the cellist performance experience.

With Kanneh-Mason for support were five of his siblings, three of whom also played (grand) piano in the N16 concert.

Four of the family, who live in Nottingham and have been described by music promoter Simon Cowell as possibly the most talented in the world, attend the Royal Academy of Music in Marylebone once a week – they nap on the train – and three younger siblings are also learning to play instruments.

Though their parents are crazy about music, they work in non-music professions.

David Altheer 070516

* Backstory: Let us play, says Dalston churchBrainstorm at the Barbican; Buzzy Barbi

Sheku, L, and siblings Kennet-Mason family musicians @ St Paul’s church Stoke Newington London 130216 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com
Exclusive: The Kanneh-Mason musicians at the Stoke Newington venue

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