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House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons

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House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons

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The most talented musical family in the world. For the first time, mother Kadie Kanneh-Mason shares her unique story.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY STORYTELLING AWARD 2021

‘Riveting, taking in prejudice as well as sacrifice. There are 4.30am starts, lost instruments, fractured wrists, all captured with vivid flourishes. A paean to camaraderie.’ Observer

Seven brothers and sisters. All of them classically trained musicians. One was Young Musician of the Year and performed for the royal family. The eldest has released her first album, showcasing the works of Clara Schumann. These siblings don’t come from the rarefied environment of elite music schools, but from a state comprehensive in Nottingham. How did they do it?

Their mother, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, opens up about what it takes to raise a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race. What comes out is a beautiful and heartrending memoir of the power of determination, camaraderie and a lot of hard work. The Kanneh-Masons are a remarkable family. But what truly sparkles in this eloquent memoir is the joyous affirmation that children are a gift and we must do all we can to nurture them.

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason is a former lecturer at Birmingham University and the mother of seven children. The third eldest, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, was BBC Young Musician 2016 and performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The siblings have performed at the 2018 BAFTA ceremony, Britain’s Got Talent, The Royal Variety Performance and at major concert halls around the world.

ISBN: 9780861540297

ISBN-10: 9780861540297

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Publication Date: 08/31/2021 - 12:00am

On Sale: 08/31/2021 - 12:00am

Pages: 368

Language: English

Categories

Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists

Biography & Autobiography / Music