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Goals and focus don't change for Royal wedding cellist

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Goals and focus don't change for Royal wedding cellist

Goals and focus don't change for Royal wedding cellist

Sheku Kanneh-Mason hits the road with his pianist sister, Isata, ahead of new album release.


Goals and focus don't change for Royal wedding cellist

The young cellist from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's 2018 wedding is set to release his second album as his piano playing sister prepares to drop her debut album.

Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason are currently touring the world with dates in the U.S., France and Italy.

Twenty-year old Sheku Kanneh-Mason will release 'Elgar' centered on Elgar's Cello Concerto and recorded at Abbey Road studios.

Sheku said Elgar has been his favorite piece of music since he was young and always loved listening to and playing it and wanted to record it.

Sheku earned world-wide fame after his performance at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, but simply called the moment something different than what he's used to.

"It was performing to an audience maybe who haven't experienced that kind of - a lot of them won't every experience that sort of performance before," he said.

"So that's, that's important to me.

And it hasn't changed my goals and focuses.

But it's, yeah, gave me the opportunity to be heard by many people." Isata's album is all Clara Schumann: "I basically just started researching her and then I just picked - I listened to a lot of her music and I just picked the pieces that seemed the most substantial and I just felt the most connected." The duo are a small part of a musical family that includes seven musical siblings, who hope to influence more kids and people of color to learn to enjoy classical music.

"I think if you don't see someone excelling at something who you can kind of relate to it by how they look, then it's difficult to see yourself doing it.

And there's, yeah, there's lots of kind of areas where that has been the case, but I think classical music is a little bit behind some of these areas in terms of.

So, we're hoping to change this," said Sheku.

Sheku's album will be released January 10 and Isata's album, "Romance: The Piano Music of Clara Schumann" is currently available.

(Production by Hussein Al Waaile and Alicia Powell)

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