Sheku Kanneh-Mason debut as soloist with Chineke! Orchestra

BBC Young Musician Winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason to make Royal Festival Hall debut as soloist with Chineke! Orchestra.

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Only days after being crowned 2016’s BBC Young Musician, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been announced as soloist for Chineke! Orchestra’s upcoming performance at Southbank Centre on 4 September. He will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major, marking his Royal Festival Hall debut.

Sheku is principal cellist with the Chineke! Junior Orchestra, and also plays with the Chineke! Orchestra.

Chineke! Orchestra, the UK’s first Black and Minority Ethnic classical symphony orchestra was founded by Chi­chi Nwanoku MBE last year and made its triumphant debut at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in September 2015. A year on, Chineke! Orchestra’s concert not only celebrates an extraordinary year for diversity in classical music but also marks the beginning of a new relationship with Southbank Centre, as an Associate Orchestra at the arts venue. Their concert forms part of 2016’s Africa Utopia festival, and features popular works which have resonance with the black community.

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Naomi Burgoyne, Senior Press Manager, / 020 7921 0824
Naomi French, Press Officer, / 020 7921 0678

Sunday 4 September, 6.30pm 
Royal Festival Hall
Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei conductor 
Sheku Kanneh­-Mason cello 

  • Jean Sibelius: Finlandia
  • Joseph Boulogne (Chevalier de) Saint­Georges: Suite from L'amant anonyme
  • Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto in C major
  • Antonin Dvorák: Symphony No.9 (From the New World)


Notes to editors:

About Chineke! Orchestra

Chineke!, Britain’s first professional orchestra comprising entirely Black and Minority Ethnic musicians, made its critically­ acclaimed debut at Southbank Centre in September 2015. From September 2016, Chineke! becomes an Associate Orchestra at the arts venue, j oining Southbank Centre's distinguished family of ensembles and artists including Associate Orchestras Aurora Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Residency Orchestras London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Sinfonietta.

About Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

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We are carrying out vital restoration work on the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room to make the buildings fit for future generations to enjoy, more information can be found here: