Friday 20 November 2020 | 7:30pm

Kadiatu & Konya Kanneh-Mason

Friday 20 November 2020 | 7:30pm

Kadiatu & Konya Kanneh-Mason

£5.00 - Single event ticket
£25.00 - Winter Festival Pass

A story about race, immigration and education, and a story about a mother, her family, music and love.

In conversation with Anoosh Chakelian, New Statesman's Britain editor

House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons

The Kanneh-Masons are seven brothers and sisters ranging in age from 23 to 10 years old, all of whom play either violin, piano or cello. They are the most musical family in Britain and their inspirational and moving story is told by their Mother, Kadiatu. It is a story about race, immigration and education and a story about a mother, her family, music and love. Sheku, her third eldest was the first black musician to win BBC Young Musician in 2016 and performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It is a story like no other. Kadiatu will be joined by Konya on piano to make this a very special event. 

In conversation with Anoosh Chakelian. 

Author Biographies

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason is a former lecturer at Birmingham University and the mother of seven children. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, her third eldest was the first black musician to win BBC Young Musician in 2016 and performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Two of his siblings are also former BBC Young Musician category finalists and the eldest, pianist Isata, has also presented for the Proms. Collectively, the Kanneh-Masons have performed at the 2018 BAFTA ceremony and concert halls across the world and, during the lockdown months, garnered huge audiences for their popular Facebook live performances from their family home in Nottingham. These precious moments of family life and music were beautifully captured in the BBC’s recent Imagine documentary. 

Konya Kanneh-Mason is 20 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 Music 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 at Marlborough House to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at The BAFTAs, 2018. She has performed as soloist in various concerti including Mozart K414, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2, Schumann Piano Concerto and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 7 the Three Pianos (K. 242) with two of her sisters. Konya played Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 with The Orchestra of the Restoration in 2019 and has also appeared with her siblings on numerous television and radio programmes.

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