Harry first heard and met him at a charity event. Meghan called him and asked if he would play at their wedding.
He's a 19 year old prodigy. One of 6 of a family of classical musicians from Nottingham, England....
Interesting that in the two Britain’s Got Talent clips there weren’t any cello solos, strictly ensemble playing. You can’t tell from the ensemble work that he’s this good. It’s a beautiful performance, both in terms of technique and in terms of taste. I can see why he was invited to play the Royal Wedding.
Kanneh-Mason at THE wedding:
I got up at 3am and watched. It was a beautiful beautiful wedding - and unlike any other royal wedding so far, that is for sure..... for the better. Much less stuffy, no doubt partly thanks to the bride but also his unlikelihood of ever becoming king, for Harry. Less pressure, more love and modernity.
The cello player was magnificent as was Most Reverend, or whatever his official title is, Michael Curry... as were both Nervous Harry and Cool and Calm Meghan, sharing smiles and quiet thumb rubs here and there. Meghan's mother, Doria, is beautiful and also looked so self-possessed and regal, imho.
I only got into the royal thing after living in London for college and walking by 19 year-old Diana as photographers swarmed, right after she was claimed by the prince who never wanted her. She looked terrified and so unprepared, all along. Maybe because we caught eyes that day for a minute, maybe because she was my age, maybe because she became a mother of sons too, I paid attention to William and Harry as they grew.
This wedding couldn't have felt more different than Charles and Diana's, and the love between Meghan and Harry - two full-on adults - was palpable. The historical mixed race, mixed country, aspects were brilliantly handled - and I loved how 'life' entered the ancient dry-as-dust Anglican service and music. (I've called Episcopalian church music 'funeral dirges' my entire life.)
Welcome to the 21st century, stuffy royals, a beautiful breath of fresh air has joined you. A good day.
Thanks Anna, that pretty much sums it up.
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