Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh Mason cello

Isata Kanneh-Mason piano

Bridge Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor

Britten Tema Sacher

Rachmaninov  Romances Op.34 (Nos. 1 & 7)

Bridge Spring Song, Mélodie, Scherzo

Britten Cello Sonata


‘Sheku’s lyricism was both foil and peer to Isata’s muscularity and fire.’


‘Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a gifted, sensitive artist. And in the demanding works this duo performed, Isata Kanneh-Mason was a superb collaborator.’



The Kanneh-Masons – ‘Britain’s most famous musical family’ THE TIMES – here provides the brilliant brother-and-sister duo, Sheku and Isata, in a programme that perfectly suits their lyrical and passionate playing.

A collection of miniatures – many of them song-inspired – by Rachmaninov and Bridge provide a link between the two main works in the programme: sonatas by Frank Bridge (1913-17) and his pupil Benjamin Britten (1960). The ‘English romanticism’ of Bridge’s style ranges from impassioned intensity to elegiac melancholy, at a time when he was dismayed by the First World War.

Britten’s haunting sonata – the first of five works written for the great Russian cellist Rostropovich – also seems to reflect, yet rise above, difficult times and tense Anglo-Russian relations.

Read our interview with Sheku & Isata

Event Details

Monday 28 June 2021

West Road Concert Hall

5pm & 8pm
Two concerts of 1 hour 15 minutes with no interval


Prices for 5pm performance: £28, £20, £15. Prices for 8pm performance: £30, £22, £18.

Under 18s £8. Over 18 in Full Time Education £10

Please read our Covid-safe measures (in full here) and ensure you are comfortable with them before booking. They include the following:

  • Mandatory face-coverings
  • Full power ventilation which may make the hall feel cool or cold
  • There will be no bar service available

The seating plan shows every other seat as ‘unavailable’ – this is an intentional measure to maintain social distancing. If you book for more than one person there will be a space between members of your party. Even if you are members of the same household we ask that you please do not ‘move up’ when you arrive as it compromises the distancing with rows in front and behind. Thank you.