Kanneh-Mason tops US chart

Novelty mug sellers are not the only ones to benefit from the British royal wedding: Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who performed during the ceremony, has seen sales of his music soar.

The cellist temporarily topped the US iTunes pop chart with his album Inspiration, after more than 29 million people watched him on television. Kanneh-Mason performed Sicilienne by Maria Theresia von Paradis, Fauré’s Après un Rêve and Schubert’s Ave Maria.

“I think it’s something I will remember for the rest of my life,” he said in an interview with CBS News. “I don’t really like watching myself play, but maybe when I’m 50, looking back, it’ll be nice to see.”

Kanneh-Mason is the first Black musician to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award (2016). In he last 12 months he has performed at the BAFTAS, 10 Downing Street, BBC Proms and Carnegie Hall. Upcoming concerts will take him to Bath (25-26 May), Naunton (15 June), London (17 June) and High Bradfield (26 June).

The service also featured soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, trumpeter David Blackadder and the Kingdom Choir.

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