Saturday, December 28, 2019

Sergio Mims: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours

Sheku Kanneh-Mason
(Picture: BBC)

Sergio A. Mims forwards this news:

27 December 2019

By Maddy Shaw Roberts 

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 20-year-old cellist and Decca recording artist, has been made an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his services to music.   

After winning the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku played to an audience of two billion people at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and quickly found international fame as a soloist.

He has since been outspoken about music education, and is a Junior Ambassador of London Music Masters, a music education charity that supports young musicians in classical music.
“To be awarded the MBE for services to music is amazing,” Sheku tells Classic FM.
“I was so lucky to have the dedicated support of my parents in giving me the opportunity to have specialist music lessons from a young child. I also had incredible support from the state schools I attended in Nottingham where music was promoted for its value in developing listening skills, teamwork, self-expression and hard work.

“The love and enjoyment for this great art is something that should be available to everyone, regardless of background.”

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