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Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Haydn

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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason with a bright smile holding his instrument.


Marin Alsop – conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason – cello


Strauss Don Juan Listen

Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 Listen

— Interval —

Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 Listen

Ravel Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2 Listen

Superstar cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays the first of his concerts as the Philharmonia’s Featured Artist for the 2022/23 season.

Sheku’s unparalleled rise to fame has included winning BBC Young Musician of the Year, playing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and becoming the first cellist ever to have an album in the UK Top Ten. He joins the Philharmonia in not just one but both of Haydn’s surviving cello concertos – delightful works full of joyful energy.

Framing the concertos are two dazzlingly orchestrated pieces of musical storytelling. Richard Strauss portrays the flamboyant, insatiable Don Juan in music brimming with drama. The rich, imaginative orchestral textures of Ravel’s masterpiece Daphnis and Chloé, composed for the Ballets Russes, transport the listener to a magical world of shepherdesses, goatherds, gods – and pirates.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running time:

1 hr 55 mins, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available here.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

After the event

The Philharmonia Sessions, credit Camilla Greenwell
9.30pm, The Clore Ballroom

Insights Talk: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku joins us for an Insights talk after the concert in the Clore Ballroom on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall.
Free, no ticket required.


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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