JDRF’s Global Ambassador Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the highest-charting cellist of all time with the release of his new album Elgar
Sheku has made official UK album chart history at the age of 20 as the first cellist to break into the Top 10. This is because his second album, Elgar, entered the charts at Number 8 with its release on 10 January 2020. Sheku is also the first British classical musician in more than 30 years to reach the UK’s Top 10.
Performing at Harry and Meghan’s wedding
The inspirational young cellist from Nottingham shot to fame when he performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding at Windsor castle in 2018. He said the experience was “very exciting and a real privilege.” Subsequently he performed for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Royal Variety Performance in December 2019.
Type 1 diabetes diagnosis to global fame
Sheku was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 12. But five years later he became the first black musician to win BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016. On his type 1 diabetes diagnosis Sheku said: “It’s something you must adapt to but it doesn’t and shouldn’t stop you doing anything you want.”
A Global Ambassador for JDRF
JDRF announced Sheku as our Global Ambassador in 2018. As our ambassador, Sheku helps to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes. He also highlights JDRF’s global research programme. Plus he lends his talent to fundraising events for our world-leading research to improve the lives of those with type 1 diabetes and find the cure.
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