“It’s great coming to schools like Prior Weston and seeing children really enjoying playing their instrument… they have an amazing opportunity, but it should be an opportunity that every child has.” These were the words of Sheku Kanneh-Mason as he visited one our primary schools and met some of the youngest cellists on our programme.
Since becoming a Junior Ambassador at London Music Masters, Sheku has become internationally famous for his performances at the BAFTAs and the Royal Wedding and is now a highly successful recording artist. His appearance at the school raised the kind of excitement you would usually associate with a pop star. He was welcomed by an enthusiastic and packed school hall as he performed for all 400 of the students that work with London Music Masters in violin, cello or musicianship lessons. There was barely enough time for Sheku to field the questions the students had about his music, his career and how he got started when he was their age.
Luckily for our Year 1 and Year 2 cellists there was more time in the day yet, as Sheku was joined by our own cello teacher Cliona Ní Choileáin for some fun and inspiring workshops. Sheku was amazed to see the children’s progress, especially because our Year 1 musicians only started their journey with us in September. There was even the chance for parents and family members to meet Sheku and ask their own questions, as well as take a selfie or two.
Sheku is a dedicated advocate for the power of a great music education. The children, parents, families and school staff were left feeling inspired and motivated by his journey in music. We hope that he comes back again soon to see how much further our young cellists will have travelled themselves.