ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM — This talented all-star cellist just made the guess list at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. Donald Trump is still not invited. Lol.
According to Money, 19-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason will be rendering musical selections for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they walk down the aisle next month.
Reportedly, Kensington Palace announced Tuesday that the young cellist is on the list of artists scheduled to perform at the May 19 extravaganza.
Likewise, the source says he’s already made a name for himself, as well. Money notes that he’s the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition. In addition, Sheku released a record-setting classical album this past January.
— Sheku Kanneh-Mason (@ShekuKM) May 2, 2018
With this in mind, it’s no wonder he was selected for their royal wedding ceremony.
NOTE: Actually, Prince Harry saw him play last year and was floored.
Via Twitter, Sheku mentioned the honor and gave thanks to Harry and Markle, both.
“I’m so excited and honoured to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. I was bowled over when Ms Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes!!! What a privilege. I can’t wait!”
As you probably know, the happy, royal couple have been given an international fanfare regarding the upcoming wedding, as notes Money.
So, with all the attention and celebrity status likely to be present, Sheku is about to — in the word of Jamie Foxx — “blowupuate.”
Yet, even through all the fame and fame-to-come, the source states that he’s still a money-conscious musician.
According to the source, things weren’t always so bright for Sheku and his family.
Money reports that Sheku has 6 brothers and sisters, “all of whom are musically inclined” and classically trained in violin or piano.
Like many musical geniuses, this cellist started when he was 6. The source mentions as follows.
“The family is bursting with talent—seriously, they even went on Britain’s Got Talent — and cultivating it costs a lot. In 2016, matriarch Kadie Kanneh-Mason told The Daily Mail that ‘every penny of our money goes on music. We haven’t decorated for years … the tiles are coming off the roof. We never buy new clothes. I do the girls’ hair myself because it’s too expensive to take them to a salon. Our car is a wreck.'”
The source also reports that Sheku and his siblings allegedly use to borrow instruments from a local retiree named Frank White.
“What would we have done without him?” Sheku’s mother mentioned to Daily Mail. “What do other families do? I don’t know. One of Sheku’s strings can cost £80 [about $110]. A cello bow can be £2,000 [about $2,800]. Then there are the trains, the sheet music, the overnight stays.”
And like his siblings, Sheku doesn’t own his cello — instead, he uses an Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello from 1610.
The source notes that violin dealer Florian Leonhard arranged for him to play the antique cello in the BBC competition.
Leonhard ended up brokering a permanent deal for Sheku to keep it “with the help of a generous anonymous sponsor based in London.” Sheku states as follows.
“The cello has been bought and is on loan to me from a private collection. I can hardly believe that I can continue to develop my relationship with this cello, making the sound more completely my own over time.”
SCHOLARSHIP AND ACHIEVEMENT
According to Daily Mail, Sheku received a junior scholarship through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) to study under Ben Davies in the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music.
Reportedly, he’s still an ABRSM scholarship student, now attending the Royal Academy of Music full-time, working with Hannah Roberts.
The source says Royal Schools of Music tuition starts at approximately $13,000, and annual living costs are estimated about $16,000.
However, he’s definitely not the only one getting financial aid. His sister, Isata, also had her Royal Academy of Music education paid for by the one and only Elton John.
Yet, throughout all the achievement, Sheku hasn’t forgotten his humble beginnings.
— Money (@MONEY) April 25, 2018
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