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Sheku Kanneh-Mason


Classical music club series noisenights present internationally-renowned cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and award-winning pianist Harry Baker. The duo will perform a special programme at the Jazz Cafe, exploring themes of song and improvisation through folk melodies, jazz standards, and pieces by Bach and Mahler. Sheku Kanneh-Mason initially garnered renown as the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition, the first black musician to take the title. He has released two chart-topping albums on the Decca Classics label, Inspiration in 2018 and Elgar in 2020. The latter reached no. 8 in the overall UK Official Album Chart, making Sheku the first cellist in history to reach the UK top 10. He has since become a household name after performing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in 2018, a performance watched by nearly two billion people globally. Sheku will be joined for this performance by collaborator Harry Baker, an award-winning improvising pianist and composer active in jazz, classical and new-music settings. His music has been featured on Jazz FM and BBC Radio 3, and his compositions recorded by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain on NMC Recordings. Expect to hear some of Harry’s compositions intertwined in this set between his arrangements of Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, Arthur Hamilton, and more.