Mozart Requiem Sheku Kanneh-Mason BBC Desert Island Discs


Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason chooses Mozart Requiem as one of his Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4. In fact, if he could save only one disc from the waves, it would be Mozart Requiem.

Having something with voices can communicate something really, really powerful, and that piece has so much in it. So much wonder and awe.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason


DISC ONE: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 – 1st movement: Adagio – Moderato. Composed by Edward Elgar and performed by Jacqueline du Pré, with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli
DISC TWO: Rivers of Babylon -The Melodians
DISC THREE: Dat – Pluto Shervington
DISC FOUR: String Quartet in C major, Op 20 No. 2, Capriccio: Adagio. Composed by Joseph Haydn and performed by The London Haydn Quartet
DISC FIVE: Chances Are – Bob Marley
DISC SIX: Requiem in D minor, K. 626 , Introitus 1 – Requiem. Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and performed by the Monteverdi Choir
DISC SEVEN: Symphony No.11 ‘The Year 1905’ – II. The 9th January; Adagio. Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich and performed by The Moscow Philharmonic, conducted by Kirill Kondrashin
DISC EIGHT: Largo from Organ Sonata No.5 in C major, BWV 529. Composed by Johan Sebastian Bach and performed by Samuel Feinberg
BOOK: The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard Feynman
LUXURY: A cello and strings
FAVOURITE: Requiem in D minor, K. 626 , Introitus 1 – Requiem. Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and performed by the Monteverdi Choir

Presenter Lauren Laverne

Listen to Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Desert Island Discs



Sheku is in good company.
Mozart Requiem is a favourite of Desert Island Disc castaways:

Scientist Athene Donald
Favourite track: Dies Irae (Mozart Requiem)
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Novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard
Favourite track: Dies Irae (Mozart Requiem)
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Experience this great work for yourself.
Come to Canterbury Cathedral on 16 March 2024

Canterbury Choral Society
The Hanover Band
CCS Youth Choir
Richard Cooke conductor
Helen Neeves soprano
Alexander Chance countertenor
Robin Bailey tenor
Simon Thorpe bass




Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s career and performances span the globe.  Whether performing for children in a school hall, at an underground club or in the world’s leading concert venues, Sheku’s mission is to make music accessible to all. After winning the BBC Young Music competition in 2016, Sheku’s performance at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in 2018 was watched by two billion people worldwide.

Highlights of the 23/24 season include the Last Night of the Proms with the BBC Symphony and Marin Alsop, performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orquesta Nacional de España, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Oslo Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic on tour in Germany, Cincinnati Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Munich Philharmonic.  With his sister, Isata, he appears in recital in Japan, Singapore, and South Korea in addition to an extensive European recital tour. Sheku will also perform a series of duo recitals with guitarist Plínio Fernandes as well as continuing his solo cello recital tour in the USA and Canada. He returns to Antigua, where he has family connections, as an ambassador for the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since his debut in 2017, Sheku has performed every summer at the BBC Proms, including in 2020 when he gave a breath-taking recital performance with his sister Isata, to an empty auditorium due to the Covid-19 pandemic.