Sierra Leonean-British Cellist tops chart after awesome performance at royal wedding
London, May 21, 2018 (Altafrika)-Cellist sheku Kanneh-Mason, the Sierra Leonean British who performed at the Prince harry and Meghan wedding at the weekend has climbed to the top of the charts after his stand out performance in St George’s Chapel on Saturday
The 19-year old tweeted that taking part “was an awesome moment ” which he would remember “for the rest of my life”
The talented youngster played three pieces as the royal couple signed the register
Yesterday, his debut album, Inspiration topped the iTunes and amazon classical charts and is the biggest-selling debut album of 2018 so far.
Prior to his stunning performance at the royal wedding, Inspiration was in the UK Top 20 after the album entered the chart at No. 18 on February 2
The 19-year-old from Mapperley said: “As a classical cellist, I can’t quite believe I’ve made the Top 20 in the pop charts with my first ever album.
“It has been an amazing experience and I’m very grateful to everyone who’s supported me. I hope the pieces on this album inspire others the way they’ve inspired me.
The album, Inspiration, features his interpretations of pieces by Shostakovich to Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry.
The BBC Young Musician winner is the youngest cellist ever to reach the Top 20 and the youngest classical artist to break into the Official UK Albums Chart in almost a decade, following Britain’s Got Talent star Faryl Smith’s debut in March 2009.
Meanwhile, the recording of the entire Royal Wedding ceremony is to be made available on CD and vinyl later this week – with Sheku Kanneh-Mason the highlight.
The official recording of the ceremony is available on streaming sites now, and will be released in physical format on Frida
It is being put out by Decca Records, the iconic label which has also signed up the Mapperley musician .
The official album includes the readings, blessings and vows, as well as the 19-year-old’s spellbinding performance on the cello.