ROYAL WEDDING CELLIST TO OPEN ABERYSTWYTH MUSICFEST

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Cambrian News photographer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason will perform at Aberystwyth MusicFest's opening gala concert

THE young cellist who impressed a worldwide television audience of billions at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will play in Aberystwyth next week.

Cambrian News reported “Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the BBC Young Musician 2016, will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Saturday, 28 July, with the Orion Orchestra.

The performance by the talented 19-year-old has been organised as part of Aberystwyth MusicFest, an eight-day festival of concerts and courses. Sheku will take part in the opening gala concert.

The publicity storm that has engulfed this young star of the cello is based on reality, not hype. He is already regarded as one of the great musicians of his generation.

When he played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle he was seen by an audience of billions, but he is still firmly grounded in his family in Nottingham and his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

His quiet, unassuming but authoritative personality has endeared him to audiences and fellow-musicians alike.

At 8pm in the Great Hall he will play Haydn’s popular concerto.

Sponsor Carol Nixon said of the appearance: “I had the good fortune to meet Sheku’s family in Machynlleth in 2016 and was overwhelmed, like everyone else.

“I wanted to hear more, but after his success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year, we had to compete with great demand from venues across the world; so it was an utter delight that we secured a booking for him to visit Aberystwyth. What an unmissable opportunity to catch this star of the future!

“MusicFest is all about fostering the very best in young musical talent – here is an outstanding role model!”

The biggest programme in Aberystwyth’s classical music calendar is MusicFest.

As well as the opening gala concert, there will be a total of 31 concerts or public masterclasses, many of them free, in the succeeding seven days.

Brochures are available from the arts centre, tourist board and Old College, and you can visit the MusicFest website, facebook.com/AberMusicFest or @MusicFestAber on Twitter for more information” here.

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