SHEKU KANNEH-MASON, HARRY BAKER
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‘★★★★★ a big, thrilling emotional sound… making a powerful impact way beyond the world of classical music.’ — Financial Times
‘the future of British jazz is in very capable hands.’ — Jazz FM
We are excited that Sheku Kanneh-Mason is returning to perform a special programme at Bold Tendencies with his collaborator Harry Baker, an award-winning improvising pianist and composer in jazz, classical and new-music. The programme will feature improvisations around folk songs and jazz standards, in addition to compositions by Bach and Nadia Boulanger the French composer, conductor and music teacher who shaped a whole generation of musical genius, counting amongst her students Philip Glass, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.
Nigel Kennedy/Kroke Lullaby for Kamila
Arthur Hamilton Cry Me a River
Nadia Boulanger 3 Pieces for Cello and Piano
Sheku Kanneh-Mason Melody
Trad./Harry Baker Thomas and Eleanor
J.S. Bach/Simon Parkin Goldberg Variation 13
In 2020, Sheku Kanneh-Mason released his second album, Elgar, featuring the Cello Concerto, which he recorded at Abbey Road Studios with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra. On its release, it reached No. 8 in the UK Official Album Chart, making Sheku the youngest classical instrumentalist and the first cellist in history to reach the UK Top 10. In 2017, Sheku made his BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall as soloist with the Chineke! Orchestra, an ensemble with which he enjoys a special relationship. Sheku is passionate about the importance of making classical music accessible to all and is an ambassador for music education charities London Music Masters and Future Talent.
Harry Baker is an award-winning pianist active on the UK jazz and classical scenes, performing at venues from Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club to Wigmore Hall. His music has been featured on Jazz FM and BBC Radio 3 with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and his compositions recorded by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain on NMC Recordings. In 2020, he released his debut album, The Floating Boy, a suite for big band and voices performed by the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra and vocal group The Oxford Gargoyles.
Presented by Bold Tendencies.
This is an all ages event.