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This Prom will be broadcast BBC Four at 20:00 BST

Please note that it will not be possible to have an audience at the Royal Albert Hall for this concert.

At only 21 Sheku Kanneh-Mason is already one of the most sought-after cellists, having won BBC Young Musician in 2016 and performed two years later to a worldwide audience of over 35 million at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

For this specially pre-recorded Proms recital he is joined by 24-year-old Isata Kanneh-Mason, the eldest of the family’s seven musical siblings, who released her first solo CD last year to great acclaim.

Continuing our 250th-anniversary celebrations of Beethoven’s birth, his C major Cello Sonata reflects the concentration of expression and form typical of his late period. By contrast, Barber’s sonata, though written in 1932, looks backwards, its drama and lyricism rooted in the Romantic era.

After Bridge’s passionate, youthful and lightly Impressionistic Mélodie comes Rachmaninov’s post-Romantic sonata, a full-blooded cornerstone of the cello/piano repertoire whose macabre scherzo movement and joyously ebullient finale contrast with a slow movement of melting bittersweet indulgence.


Ludwig van Beethoven
Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 102 No. 1 15’

Samuel Barber
Cello Sonata 20’

Frank Bridge
Mélodie 5’

Sergey Rachmaninov
Cello Sonata in G minor 25’

Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello
Isata Kanneh-Mason piano

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