Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason’s fascinating book recounts what it takes to raise a unique family of seven classically trained musicians in a Britain divided by class and race. This is an inspirational memoir about a remarkable family, showing what determination, camaraderie and sheer hard work can achieve. 

Sheku, the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, played at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, while Isata has released her first album showcasing the music of Clara Schumann, which reached the top of the Classical Artists Chart. Their siblings Braimah, Konya and Aminata play violin and piano, while Jeneba and Mariatu play both cello and piano to a high standard. The family played at the Royal Variety Performance in December 2019, at the BAFTA Ceremony 2018, and appear in concert halls across the country.

Dr Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, born in Sierra Leone, is a former lecturer in literature at Birmingham University and mother to seven children. Her husband, Stuart, is a business manager. Both parents played musical instruments as children, but never pursued music professionally. The Kanneh-Masons grew up in Nottingham.

Kadiatu will be in conversation with the BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz. We look forward to a fantastic evening.

Will Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and a respected commentator on the arts. Voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine, Will was previously a Director of The Tate Gallery. He has written about the arts for publications including the Times and the Guardian, and his books on the arts include: Think Like an Artist: Imaginative Ways to a More Creative and Productive Life.