Festival Concert 2016 review

Six siblings each with a talent for music and instrument playing, wowed a packed audience at the Albert Hall in a concert performance that was “out of the top drawer!”

Carlton Male Voice Choir unleashed the Kanneh-Masons , at its  annual Festival Concert, which supports local charities, and while talented pianist Isata,19,whose claim to fame is that she performed with Sir Elton John in America and appeared with her siblings on Britain’s Got Talent, was a big attraction,it was her brother Braimah,18, who stole the limelight.

Each year at the Festival Concert the choir presents its annual Music Maker of the Year Award to a talented singer or musician who has made impressive progress in his or her respective field and while Isata won the award in 2014, it was violin player Braimah,18, who won the judges’ votes this time.

Presenting him with the award and a £750 prize John and Sue Brydon,sponsors of the competition,described the teenager as “an exceptional musician”.

Braimah Kanneh-Mason

Braimah Kanneh-Mason, the winner of the Carlton MVC Music Maker Award 2016

Accompanied by their brother Sheku,16,who plays cello,sister Konya,15,on violin,sister Jeneba,13,(cello)and sister Aminata,10,(violin) the Kanneh-Masons whose proud parents Kadie and Stuart,were in the audience, earned standing ovations for their fantastic repertoire of “mesmeric music” which included a Swan Lake Medley, Brahm’s Hungarian Dance,  and special arrangements which were put together by them.

Distinguished guests including Deputy Lord Lieutenant Trevor Fletcher,Lord Mayor Jackie Morris,Paddy Tipping(Crime Commissioner),Judy Naake (High Sheriff), Sheriff of Nottingham Mohammed Sagir agreed that the concert was “exceptional” and that the Kanneh Masons were “destined for stardom”

Carlton’s seventy strong choir conducted by Terry Moore and accompanied by Roger Holland and John Sellers, played their parts too with a splendid programme of songs that included Bohemian Rhapsody,Nessun Dorma,Verdi’s Anvil Chorus,and Take Me Home,while compere Revd.Howard Ketton was in fine form throughout.(The audience loved his Gene Kelly impersonation in the ‘Singin’ in the Rain number!)

A brilliant rendition of the fabled anthem Jerusalem featuring the musicians,choir and audience was the crowning glory of a concert performance that lifted the spirits and almost raised the roof!

CMVC and Kanneh-Masons

Carlton MVC and the Kanneh-Masons perform Canon In D (Festival Concert 2016)

Report  by Peter Jordan (Nottingham Post reporter)

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