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Sheku Kanneh-Mason talks Elgar with Spokane Public Radio

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Interview with Spokane PR's Jim Tevenan

Award-winning cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason returns with Elgar, a new album of works anchored around Elgar's Cello Concerto – arguably the best-known work in the classical canon written for solo cello, which saw the 100th anniversary of its first performance this month. Recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), and conducted by one of Sheku's lifelong heroes, Sir Simon Rattle, the work is a statement of intent from the 20-year-old musician whose rise to being "the world's new favourite cellist" (The Times) has taken nothing away from his ambition to continue evolving and learning as an artist. Sheku explains, "It's how I feel about the music that really motivates me to work and discover and develop my own ideas – that's what keeps me going."

Sheku is a young man with great technical prowess and an understanding of the music he plays much beyond his years. Listen to his conversation with Spokane Public Radio's Jim Tevenan about his new Decca album.  LISTEN