Interview: Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason

In association with Berwick Literary Festival

6 pm, Friday 14th October via Zoom: Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason talks about her book House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons.

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.

Kadiatu will be interviewed by Aisling Ni Bhriain. Aisling is Vice President Talent for Shell, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, and is based in London, UK.  A significant part of her role is leading the global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion agenda.  Aisling has two children, one of whom is a music scholar at his school and a grade 8 level trumpet player at age 13.

This event is in association with Berwick Literary Festival.