House of Music

Pages: 320
Subject: Biography
Imprint: Oneworld

House of Music

Raising the Kanneh-Masons

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason

The most talented musical family in the world. For the first time, mother Kadie Kanneh-Mason shares her unique story.
9781786078445 (3 Sep 2020)
RRP £18.99

The Book

Seven brothers and sisters. All of them classically trained musicians. One was Young Musician of the Year and performed for the royal family. The eldest has released her first album, showcasing the works of Clara Schumann. These siblings don't come from the rarefied environment of elite music schools, but from a state comprehensive in Nottingham. How did they do it?

Their mother, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, opens up about what it takes to raise a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race. What comes out is a beautiful and heartrending memoir of the power of determination, camaraderie and a lot of hard work. The Kanneh-Masons are a remarkable family. But what truly sparkles in this eloquent memoir is the joyous affirmation that children are a gift and we must do all we can to nurture them.

Additional Information

Subject Biography
Pages 320
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason is a former lecturer at Birmingham University and the mother of seven children. The third eldest, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, was Young Musician of the Year in 2016 and performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The siblings have performed at the 2018 BAFTA Ceremony, Britain's Got Talent and concert halls across the country. 


‘An amazing, compelling, moving, unforgettable story...' 

- Lady Antonia Fraser

‘The Kanneh-Masons are a unique family and the family's matriarch, Kadiatu, has written a suitably unique and fascinating account of how day-to-day life works in an extraordinary household.'

- Julian Lloyd Webber

'Having just spent time working with my friend Sheku at Abbey Road it's wonderful to read about him and his terrific family.  All the DNA that makes him one of the most important classical musicians - actually make that ‘all around' musicians - of his generation is captured so well in this loving book.'

- Nile Rodgers

'This book is about hard work, determination and a triumph against the odds. It is truly inspirational!'

- Paul Smith