Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE
We first met Sheku through Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, and our support for Chineke! when he was just 14 years old. Sheku showed such infectious, intuitive musicianship, and it was immediately clear that he needed a cello which would allow him to continue to achieve his potential. It quickly became our mission to support his journey.
We were able to arrange the long-term loan of a rare Hieronymus Amati cello (Cremona, 1610) and a superb Maire bow, purchased for Sheku’s use by generous benefactors respectively, themselves long-term friends of FLFV. Sheku’s meteoric rise to global stardom ensued, which none of us could have foreseen, beginning with winning BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, playing on the Amati cello in the final two rounds. In May 2021 we were able to secure for Sheku the long-term loan of a superb cello by Matteo Goffriller, Venice c1700, through the Fellowship thanks to the generosity of a syndicate of private benefactors.
We remain extremely proud of Sheku’s achievements as a cellist, ambassador, and role model for young musicians everywhere. Sheku is taking the Classical Music world by storm and changing its face forever.
Photo Credit: Mark Allan and Chineke!