We all have heard of a runaway bride. But I’m pretty sure you haven’t heard about a runaway cellist. Yet, it happened!
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was about to celebrate its 50th anniversary season. So they invited the 19-year-old British talented cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason. All good, until that day, when…surprise, the cellist runaway. Tempted away by none other than prince Harry and his beautiful fiance, Meghan Markle. And, honestly, how you could ever turn down a prince?
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is studding at the Royal Academy of Music. And he really impressed prince Harry with his adorable performance from the last summer, in London. So, the couple decided to invite him at the royal wedding.
“I was bowled over when Ms. Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes. What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can’t wait!,” said the artist.
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra executive director, Scott Harrison showed his disappointing, but he said he understands.
“I was sad for a moment, but I was also thrilled for him. It’s such a moment for him and he’s such a wonderful musician. But more importantly, it’s such a great moment for the classical music world. This kind of visibility on a global stage for classical music is great for all of us,” Harrison declared.
Thankfully, Mr. Harrison has managed to find an replacement, in the person of Joshua Roman. But they still won’t give up at Sheku Kanneh-Mason, as he was rescheduled for 2019-20 season. “We don’t know what the repertoire will be yet, but he’ll do a residency week with us. So in addition to performing onstage, he’ll also visit various community and educational settings to perform and teach and share the music beyond the concert hall. So the impact and reach of his visit will be magnified beyond just a traditional concert”
On the other hand, Kanneh-Mason’s performance at the royal wedding was breathtaking. You can watch it in the video bellow!