At 19 years of age, Sheku Kanneh-Mason was gearing up for a special weekend in May 2018. The young man was all set to play the cello alongside the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – but something came up. Shortly before he was due to take to the stage, he received a call from none other than Meghan Markle.
That summer, Kanneh-Mason was a student of the London-based Royal Academy of Music. His chosen instrument is the cello, and he’s reportedly something of a master when it comes to playing it. In fact, one of his performances in the British capital even caught the attention of someone notable – Prince Harry.
Having seen the young man in action, it seems that Harry had become quite enamored with his musical abilities. With this in mind, the prince and his then-fiancée decided that they wanted to recruit Kanneh-Mason for a special occasion. And so Meghan Markle personally phoned the musician to ask him to perform at the couple’s wedding.
According to Kensington Palace, Kanneh-Mason was ecstatic at the offer. In his own words, “I was bowled over when Ms. Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes. What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can’t wait!”
Needless to say, despite the short notice, Kanneh-Mason made it to the ceremony, which took place on May 19, 2018. Yet this left the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra short of a cellist for its own performance that same weekend. Thankfully, though, a replacement was promptly found, and plans were made to have Kanneh-Mason and the orchestra perform together down the line. So all in all, everything worked out nicely for everyone involved.