Who Is Sheku Kanneh-Mason, The Teen Cellist Performing At Meghan And Harry's Wedding?

"What a privilege."

All eyes will be on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the May 19 royal wedding, but all ears will be on those performing on their big day. Among those tributing the couple at St. George's Chapel will be Sheku Kanneh-Mason. But who is this young talent?

Kanneh-Mason is a 19-year-old cellist who won BBC Young Musician 2016 and current student at the Royal Academy of Music, balancing studies with a life of international touring. He debuted on BBC Proms in 2017 and, earlier in 2018, released a debut album titled Inspiration. Prince Harry has come across Kanneh-Mason in relation to the charity world, something both of them have in common.

"I'm so excited and honoured to perform at Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle's wedding," Kanneh-Mason said in a press release from Kensington Palace. "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 to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can't wait!"

Here’s Kanneh-Mason playing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”:

Here’s Kanneh-Mason playing Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry”:

"Both Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their Service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works," the press release noted, including other performers.

There will be, of course, the home Choir of St. George's Chapel, which was first founded in 1348. This includes 23 boy choristers from St. George's School and 12 Lay Clerks of the alto, tenor, and bass ranges. James Vivian, the director of Music at St. George's Chapel, will be in charge of this rather traditional ceremony.

In addition, The Kingdom Choir, directed by gospel conductor Karen Gibson, will be there. The Orchestra will be conducted by Christopher Warren-Green and will include musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonia. Welsh soprano Elin Manahan, trumpeter David Blackadder, organist Luke Bond (assistant director of Music at St. George's Cathedral), and State Trumpeters from all ranks of the Band of the Household Cavalry will be in attendance as well. More details should be announced closer to the date.

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