"To have all these pieces in one place and to share with everyone is so exciting and I've really enjoyed the experience of choosing them and pulling them all together here." Sheku Kanneh-Mason
The Sheku Kanneh-Mason Cello Collection, the first sheet music book from the world-renowned cellist, is out now. The book combines the artist’s celebrated performance repertoire with his own inspirational compositions, all as performed by Sheku himself.
Suitable for the intermediate cellist and beyond, this dynamic volume is sure to spark a desire to perform. With commentary from Sheku revealing the stories behind the pieces and his own expert advice, this collection is for all aspiring cellists.
Sheku said of the publication, "I am thrilled to be releasing this collection of music for cello. It includes some of my favourite pieces to play when I was growing up, alongside arrangements I’ve made and compositions of my own. I am often asked for the sheet music for my arrangement of ‘No Woman, No Cry’ amongst the pieces I’ve performed and recorded and until now, this hadn’t been written out. To have all these pieces in one place and to share with everyone is so exciting and I've really enjoyed the experience of choosing them and pulling them all together here."
The pieces in the book include those for solo cello and with piano accompaniment. Many pieces have been recorded by Sheku and appear on his albums Inspiration and Elgar.
Après un rêve (Fauré); Ave Maria (Schubert); Blow the Wind Southerly (Traditional); Haydn Cello Concerto No.1: Cadenzas (Sheku Kanneh-Mason); Elegie (Rachmaninoff); Evening of Roses (Hadar); Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen); In the Bleak Midwinter (Holst); Melody (Sheku Kanneh-Mason); No Woman, No Cry (Ford); Scarborough Fair (Traditional); Sicilienne (Paradis); Song of the Birds (Casals); Theme and Variations (Sheku Kanneh-Mason)
The winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition, Sheku Kanneh-Mason is in great demand from major orchestras and concert halls worldwide. He became a household name worldwide in May 2018 after performing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor castle. His performance was greeted with universal excitement after being watched by nearly two billion people globally. In June 2018, Sheku received the Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice Awards at the re-launched Classic Brit Awards, and in July 2018 became the first artist to receive the new BRIT certified breakthrough award, having sold over 30,000 copies of his debut album in the UK and surpassing 100,000 album sales worldwide. In January 2020, Sheku released his second album, Elgar, featuring the cello concerto, which he recorded at Abbey Road Studios with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra. On its release, it reached No. 8 in the UK official album chart, making Sheku the youngest classical instrumentalist and the first cellist in history to reach the UK top 10. Sheku is currently a full-time ABRSM Scholarship Student at the Royal Academy of Music.