Kanneh-Mason family of musicians, in lockdown, perform living-room Beethoven

Posted on: April 22, 2020

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason (in top left photo) and siblings Sheku, Braimah, Konya, Aminata, Jeneba, and Mariatu Kanneh-Mason, at home in Nottingham, England, play Beethoven.

“People around the [U.K.] are staying at home to help ease the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19. The same goes for the country’s musicians, and one young musical family in particular,” writes Kyle Macdonald in Monday’s (4/20) Classic FM (U.K.) “The extraordinarily talented seven siblings of the Kanneh-Masons have all returned to their family home in Nottingham, England. And whenever they get together, they enjoy each other’s company, play games, and of course, make music. On Saturday 18 April, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason was due to perform Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall. With concert cancellations meaning that performance couldn’t go ahead, her siblings decided to accompany her in a chamber version of that concert, all from their family living room. And it really feels like a gift to a world that’s in need of a good dose of the joy and togetherness of music…. Soloist Isata is one of the country’s finest young soloists and, like her brother Sheku, is signed to the Decca Classics record label…. Violinist Braimah and multi-instrumentalists Konya, Aminata, Jeneba and Mariatu complete the talented Beethoven ensemble.”