15 January 2024
Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is a hugely gifted pianist, whose talent is illuminated by her list of accolades – a small part of which includes being a Keyboard Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2018; winner of the Murs du Son Prizeat the Lagny-Sur-Marne International Piano Competition in France 2014; and The Nottingham Young Musician 2013. She was also winner of the Iris Dyer Piano Prize at The Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy, and currently holds the Victoria Robey Scholarship to The Royal College of Music.
She is part of the Kanneh-Mason family – seven brothers and sisters ranging in age from 14 to 27 years old, all of whom have exceptional musical talent and play either violin, piano or cello. They have won many prizes and awards, and appeared in numerous television shows; the six eldest reached the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2015; the five eldest performed at the BAFTA awards in 2018; and all seven siblings appeared in the December 2019 Royal Variety Show.
Ms Kanneh-Mason is also an avid recitalist, having performed in venues such as the Zurich Tonhalle, London Wigmore Hall, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, as well as the Lenzburgiade, Rheingau, Cheltenham, Bradfield and Lamberhurst festivals.
Now, she is performing at Warwick Hall on Warwick Schools Foundation’s site, representing a hugely exciting night of music for the area.
Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ inspires the Swan’s second concert of the season at Warwick Hall. In addition to Ms Kanneh-Mason, both the Swan’s professional orchestra and guest conductor Michael Collins return.
The concert will feature Arensky’s Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a, Mozart’s Piano Concerto. 23, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a (4 movements), and Mussorgsky’s (arr. Pierre-Alain Monot) Pictures at an Exhibition.
As part of both Warwick Schools Foundation and Orchestra of the Swan’s ongoing commitment to provide exceptional music opportunities to pupils in Warwickshire and surrounding areas, the Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite will be a side-by-side performance between some of Warwick Schools Foundation’s leading musicians and the professional Swan Orchestra. Speaking on this opportunity, Warwick Schools Foundation Principal, Richard Nicholson, said:
“We are delighted that some of our leading pupil musicians will be performing side-by-side with the Swan Orchestra at this concert. This is a truly unique opportunity for our students, representing our ongoing commitment to make Warwick Schools Foundation the home of transformational opportunities for young musicians.
With the fantastic Jeneba Kanneh-Mason as the soloist, we are all truly looking forward to a magnificent evening of music at Warwick Hall.”
This opportunity follows on from the Orchestra of the Swan Youth Orchestra, which provides the chance for young people from Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull to perform in an orchestra with like-minded musicians, and to learn from the professional Swan Orchestra and guest conductor Michael Coorey.
The ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ concert starts at 7.30pm on Thursday, 8th February, and tickets can be purchased from the Bridge House Theatre website.