Classical cellist breaks into top of the pops

Classical cellist breaks into top of the pops


norman lebrecht

February 03, 2018

Sheku Kanneh-Mason has burst into the UK pop charts at number 18 with his debut album, Inspiration.

The album was recorded in his hometown Nottingham, and in Birmingham with the CBSO and music director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

It is, needless to say, #1 in the classical charts.

It is also the fastest selling release by any UK debut artist this year.



  • Britcellist says:

    Congratulations! Hope this is the first many accolades, you’ve earned it

  • buxtehude says:

    Maybe now he can afford to fly with it.

  • buxtehude says:

    Let’s have airlines execs take a look here–

    See cello?
    No smash!

  • Tommy says:

    The most beautiful “Jacqueline’s Tears” I have ever heard!

  • Yo Yo Ma? says:

    And what about the musical quality? Choice of repertoire? Is it an anectodal success or insightful music making? Hype or art?