Eric Hinton

Teen Cellist Praised for Royal Wedding Performance

when it came time to plan the royal wedding, Duchess Meghan booked the entertainment herself

A teenage cellist is getting praise for his performance at the royal wedding.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who is 19, performed for 600 guests and a huge global television audience as the newlyweds Harry and Meghan, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, signed the register.

Kanneh-Mason performed works including Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria." The cellist won the BBC's Young Musician of the Year contest in 2016, the first black musician to do so.

The young musician has a personal connection to the royal family. Prince Harry saw Kanneh-Mason perform last summer at an event in London for the charity Halo Foundation. And when it came time to plan the royal wedding, Meghan booked the entertainment herself.

"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," Kanneh-Mason tweeted in April.

Twitter users gave him positive reviews for his royal debut.

Kanneh-Mason's professional website says his debut recording reached No. 1 on the U.K. classical chart. He has also performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Bermingham Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich. 

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