Barbican Centre: Sheku Kanneh-Mason in Recital

The winner of 2016 BBC Young Musician makes his Milton Court debut in a cello recital charged with both wit and romance. Viewers were astounded by his talent when he played at the recent Royal wedding.

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Image credit: Glen Thomas

Since his BBC Young Musician triumph in 2016, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has quickly become one of the most eloquent and charismatic presences on the UK concert scene. Sonatas by Debussy and Brahms are at the heart of this beautifully curated Milton Court recital.

That’s a revealing choice in itself: it’s hard to think of two musical experiences less alike than the ardent, high-romantic grandeur of Brahms’s Second Cello Sonata and the shadowy, quicksilver grace of Debussy’s late Sonata, inspired by the figure of Harlequin. Less familiar works by Poulenc and Boccherini offer a delightful complement – and scope for Kanneh-Mason to display what The Independent called his ‘dignified playfulness’. Main image courtesy of Decca

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