Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason wore a Paul Smith suit to perform at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19th
Ahead of the performance, Sheku visited Paul Smith’s No. 9 Albemarle Street shop where Paul personally dressed him in a navy blue Soho-fit suit matched with a classic white shirt and a mauve floral tie.
19-year-old Sheku was one of an exclusive group of musicians who was selected to perform during the royal wedding ceremony, which took place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Kensington Palace tweeted that Prince Harry handpicked Sheku for the performance after seeing him play at an event in London last June in support of the Antiguan charity the Halo Foundation.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason said: “I’m so excited and honoured to perform at Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding. 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.”
Paul has been a fan of Sheku since he rose to fame by winning the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award. In January 2018, Paul invited Sheku to perform at an exclusive lunch event immediately before his autumn/winter ’18 show at Paris Fashion Week. The lunch was held at the iconic Laperouse restaurant in the heart of Paris. Guests from the worlds of journalism, film, theatre and music attended a reception co-hosted by Paul and the Polish model and actress Malgosia Bela, who was the star of the Paul Smith spring/summer ’18 advertising campaign.
Previously, Paul also invited Sheku to perform at his Willoughby House shop in Nottingham to celebrate the launch of his debut album, Inspiration, which broke into the top 20 of the UK album charts while topping the classical album chart.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s debut album, Inspiration, is out now on Decca.