Featuring the WINNER of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason!

SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2016 | 8.00PM | St. James


Dmitri Shostakovich
Festive Overture in A Major, Op. 96

Dmitri Shostakovich
Cello Concerto No 1 (Soloist - Sheku Kanneh-Mason)

Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82

Sheku's winning performance:

For the final concert of the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra 2016 Credit Suisse Series, the orchestra is delighted to welcome guest conductor Richard Dickins and winner of the 2016 BBC Young musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

To begin this exciting concert, the orchestra will perform Shostakovich's 'Festive Overture', a piece composed to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution. It is with great pleasure that we welcome the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason to perform his winning performance of the first of Shostakovich's cello concertos. His performance at London's Barbican was described as "electric" and he received a standing ovation. Starting at the age of six years old, Sheku is now seventeen and currently attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. He has played cello on various television shows, including the semi final of ITV's Britain's Got Talent in 2015 with his five other siblings within the talented Kanneh-Mason family.

To conclude the concert, the orchestra will perform Sibelius's Symphony no.5, a composition which was commissioned by the Finnish government in honor of his 50th birthday, which had been declared a national holiday. During the composition phase, Sibelius wrote in his diary: "It is as if God Almighty had thrown down pieces of a mosaic for heaven's floor and asked me to find out what was the original pattern."

Conductor: Richard Dickins

Soloist: Sheku Kanneh-Mason (Cello)

Upcoming Concerts:


25 MARCH 2016

Roger Coull will conduct the orchestra in a programme entitled 'The Journey to Freedom'

Aram Khachaturian
Masquerade Suite

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'

The 2016 series of concerts is kindly sponsored by Credit Suisse (Channel Islands) Limited
The Orchestra would like to thank Credit Suisse for their continued support since 1992