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Jeneba Kanneh-Mason to join Sinfonia Viva's New Year's Eve Gala Concert at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

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Celebrated young pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, part of Nottingham’s internationally-renowned musical family, will return to the stage with Sinfonia Viva at the Royal Concert Hall for its annual New Year’s Eve gala concert.

Having successfully made her BBC Proms concerto debut this summer, Jeneba, 19, will perform the enduringly loved and romantic masterpiece that is Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2.

“I always love performing with Sinfonia Viva and, as a family, we are proud patrons of the orchestra,” Jeneba said.

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason (53735112)
Jeneba Kanneh-Mason (53735112)

“Everybody at Viva is always so friendly and welcoming and it is incredible to think that I last performed with them at the 2018 New Year’s Eve concert, which seems like a lifetime ago.

“In fact, a great deal has happened since then. I have obviously grown as a person and a performer in the past three years, but the biggest change has been starting the next chapter of my life to study at the Royal College of Music in London.

“After finishing my A-levels during the first lockdown, I was hoping to be able to move to London and start studying in September 2020.

Sinfonia Viva will perform its annual New Year's Eve gala at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. (53970373)
Sinfonia Viva will perform its annual New Year's Eve gala at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. (53970373)

“That obviously did not go to plan and I worked mainly from home as did most other university students.

“With so many of us in the house, it was pretty hectic but I knew just how lucky I was not to be isolated on my own somewhere which must have been hard for so many other people.

“I am now back in College full time and life has felt much more normal since the start of this term in September.”

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason (53735103)
Jeneba Kanneh-Mason (53735103)

Jeneba has combined her studies with performances across the UK.

“Although it was daunting at first to return to performing in front of a live audience, we all consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be given the chance to be back on stage," she said.

“There are also some exciting plans in the pipeline next year including our first long international tour together but I can’t say too much about that yet.”

The Kanneh-Mason family are all planning to be home together this Christmas but New Year’s Eve plans are still up in the air.

“I am not sure how many of the family will be around this year although I am sure they will all come to the concert if they can and we will get together afterwards to see in the new year.

“I was overjoyed when I heard I would be performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 as it is my all-time favourite. I fell in love with it at an early age and I think it is most /many people’s ‘go to’ piece.

“The Nottingham Royal Concert Hall is the perfect place to perform the piece. It is such an expansive space with great acoustics but then I am perhaps biased as it is my home ground in the city that I love."

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