Academy Student Becomes Best-Selling British Debut of 2018

-Posted on 07.02.2018

18-year-old cellist and Academy student Sheku Kanneh-Mason has become this year’s best-selling British debut artist, making the Top 20 in the Official UK Albums Chart with his classical album ‘Inspiration’. It has entered the main chart at No 18 and No 1 in the classical chart.

Sheku makes chart history as the first BBC Young Musician winner to enter the Official UK Albums Chart with a debut recording, as well as the youngest cellist ever to reach the Top 20. He is also the highest-charting BBC Young Musician winner ever. Sheku’s album was released on Decca Classics last week.

Sheku says: ‘As a classical cellist, I can’t quite believe I’ve made the Top 20 in the pop charts with my first ever album! It has been an amazing experience and I’m very grateful to everyone who’s supported me. I hope the pieces on this album inspire others the way they’ve inspired me.’

Sheku will be returning to the BAFTAs on 18 February – the first time an artist has ever been asked back to perform. He will be joined by members of his talented musical family – six of whom study at the Academy either as undergraduates or in our Junior and Primary academies.

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