Winner of the BBC Young Musician 2016 award Sheku Kanneh-Mason is set to take to the stage at Fairfield Halls

The winner of the BBC Young Musician 2016 award is set to take to the stage at Fairfield Halls in Croydon on January 12.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a 21 year old cellist sensation and will be a guest soloist alongside the London Mozart Players (LMP) performing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 – one of the best-loved of 19th-century concertos, as part of a French-themed orchestral programme.

His performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launched him onto the international stage, and he has been on a stellar trajectory ever since, with his debut album Inspiration going straight to No.1 on the classical charts with acclaimed performances at the BBC Proms and elsewhere.

The concert includes Mozart’s Paris Symphony and Bizet’s youthful masterpiece, his Symphony in C.
The concert will be conducted by Jaime Martín, former flautist with the LMP who in recent years has risen to international acclaim as a conductor.

This will not be the first time that Sheku has shared the stage with the LMP.

In 2017, he performed the Haydn Cello Concerto with the orchestra as part of their programme of community concerts in the church of St John the Evangelist, in Upper Norwood.

Sheku’s concert at the Fairfield Halls on January 12, comes just two days after the release of his new CD Elgar on Decca – a collection of works including Elgar’s beloved Cello Concerto.

Julia Desbruslais, executive director of LMP said: “Having performed with Sheku when he was just starting out in his classical music career, we have been truly delighted to see how his talent has developed and to see his music reach music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

“We are really looking forward to performing alongside him again, this time at Fairfield Halls, in a sumptuous programme of French classics.”

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