RAISING THE KANNEH-MASONS
By any standards Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason has raised an extraordinary family. Seven children, aged 10 to 24, all classically trained musicians, including Sheku, the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, who played at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, and sister, Isata, who last year released her first album. Sheku, Isata and their siblings have played in venues across the world and performed for royalty, and on TV. None of the children come from elite music schools, but from a state comprehensive in Nottingham. How do they do it? In her eloquent and inspirational memoir their mother, a former university lecturer who was born in Sierra Leone and brought up in Wales, opens up about her own life and what it takes to raise a musical family against the odds.
Kadiatu will be joined on stage by Konya Kanneh-Mason, a rising star in the classical music world, who will give a short recital.
Konya Kanneh-Mason is 19 and holds the Gilling Family Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies piano with Tessa Nicholson. She was Nottingham Young Musician 2017, and joint winner of the Carlton MVC Music123 Makers Award 2018. Konya plays solo and chamber music, particularly with her siblings, and has performed in concerts around the UK and in the Caribbean, including performances for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
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