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British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who shot to international stardom after performing at the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in 2018, will make his Australian debut at next year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Photo © Lars Borges

“I’m very excited to visit Australia for the first time,” Kanneh-Mason told Limelight. “Playing great music with wonderful musicians is what I’m looking forward to most.”

Kanneh-Mason, who took out the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2016, released his first full-length album, Inspirations, on the Decca label in January last year. He was subsequently named the UK’s youngest cellist to break into the Official Albums Chart Top 20 with  Inspirations, one of a string of firsts the cellist has notched up. Kanneh-Mason was recently cited as one of the drivers of young people seeking out classical music on streaming servicesin the UK. The cellist comes from a musical family, performing regularly with his siblings – his sister Isata KannehMason has just released an album of Clara Schumann’s piano...