The cellist who played at last year’s
royal wedding has revealed how life has changed since his performance and congratulated the ‘lovely couple’ on the birth of their son.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 20, played three songs at
Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle last May.
Millions of people across the world watched his stunning performance and since the performance Sheku, from Nottingham, has appeared on TV several times.
In an interview with HELLO! the musician revealed how he’s now recognised on the street and people ask him to perform at their weddings, and it all started with a person phone call from Meghan last year.
Sheku said: ‘An American voice came on the line saying, “Hi, I’m Meghan Markle. Would you like to play at my wedding? I’ve been a fan of yours for a while but I didn’t know you were British”.’
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has revealed how his life has changed since he played at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding last year. The musician is pictured with his siblings. Left to right is Mariatu, Jeneba, Isata , Sheku , Braimah , Konya and Aminata Since then, he’s had ‘strangers come up to me in the street and ask if I can play at their wedding’. Speaking about the occasion last year the cellist, who plays a £500,000 Amati cello, said he ‘enjoyed every minute of it.’ He said: ‘I enjoyed every moment of it. The atmosphere was buzzing and I felt lucky to play in such a beautiful building.’ Sheku, who is one of seven musically talented siblings, also passed on his congratulations to the couple who last week welcomed their first baby.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pictured on their wedding day, met with Sheku before their big day discuss the music for the ceremony Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 5.26am on Monday and introduced to the world in a photocall on Wednesday. Sheku said: ‘I’m delighted for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. ‘They are such a lovely couple and this is a wonderful event to coincide with the anniversary of their beautiful wedding.’ During the ceremony Sheku played Maria Theresia von Paradis’s Sicilienne, Gabriel Faure’s Apres un reve and Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria. In an interview with the Evening Standard Magazine, Sheku previously revealed that he’d never been to a wedding before and talked to the royal couple before their nuptials. Sheku said: ‘I’d never actually been to a wedding before. It was pretty cool. Kind of like I’d imagine a wedding to be. I actually really enjoyed it.’ In the run up to the wedding he met Meghan and Harry in St George’s Chapel to discuss the music they wanted for the big day. He said that Meghan had her own ideas about songs and they both very passionate about what would be played. Sheku continued: ‘They were really friendly. It was great to talk to them and see how much they cared about what I played.’ In May 2016 Sheku became the first black winner in the history of the BBC’s Young Musician contest. He also reached the 2015 semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in a classical music ensemble with four of his siblings. He has performed at No 10 Downing Street, been the subject of a BBC Four documentary and performed at the BAFTAs twice. Sheku was brought up, the third eldest of seven siblings. His parents Stuart and Kadiatu both played instruments but didn’t have a musical calling. His big sister Isata, the eldest, studied at the Royal Academy on a scholarship funded by Sir Elton John (after she played for him at a concert in America) and was a Young Musician piano finalist in 2014. Brother Braimah also took part in the 2014 Young Musician contest as part of a string quintet.