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25 February 2021, 11:47 | Updated: 25 February 2021, 11:58
When an exciting young cellist meets a seasoned pop star, and the music is just sublime...
It’s the classical-pop crossover we didn’t know we needed: Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Gary Barlow performing a duet together.
But instead of the usual pop stars gracing his digital stage, Gary’s latest guest was the Nottingham-born virtuoso. And what a duet it was...
Organist and conductor Anna Lapwood tweeted: “YES. What a fantastic way to encourage people to engage with classical music – breaking down the barriers between pop/classical and showing that what is important is that you're musicians – and musicians who can communicate so much emotion in 4 minutes! Thank you to both of you.”
“Soulful song, soulful cello, soulful singer. Perfect,” another user wrote.
The 1984 pop song was chosen by Sheku himself – and it’s a song we already know the musician favours.
Three years ago Sheku gave another stunning rendition of the pop favourite, arranged by composer Tom Hodge (watch above).
And who can forget his moving performance of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ (watch below), which swiftly swept the Internet and became a worldwide hit?
Last year, Sheku made history by becoming the first cellist to reach the top 10 in the UK album chart, in a landmark moment for classical and pop music.
The young cellist’s widespread appeal, coined as ‘the Sheku effect’, is even inspiring a whole new generation of young string instrumentalists.
“I really hope this sparks a wider interest in this amazing genre of music,” the virtuoso said of his latest duet.