House of Music
WINNER OF THE INDIE BOOK AWARD 2022 FOR NON-FICTION
WINNER OF THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY STORYTELLING AWARD 2021
‘Riveting, taking in prejudice as well as sacrifice. There are 4.30am starts, lost instruments, fractured wrists, all captured with vivid flourishes. A paean to camaraderie.’ Observer
Seven brothers and sisters. All of them classically trained musicians. One was Young Musician of the Year and performed for the royal family. The eldest has released her first album, showcasing the works of Clara Schumann. These siblings don’t come from the rarefied environment of elite music schools, but from a state comprehensive in Nottingham. How did they do it?
Their mother, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, opens up about what it takes to raise a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race. What comes out is a beautiful and heartrending memoir of the power of determination, camaraderie and a lot of hard work. The Kanneh-Masons are a remarkable family. But what truly sparkles in this eloquent memoir is the joyous affirmation that children are a gift and we must do all we can to nurture them.
'An amazing, compelling, moving, unforgettable story...' -- Lady Antonia Fraser 'The unique story of a unique family. Unique? Well I can't think of any other family with seven children, all of whom are prodigiously talented musicians. Kadie gives a glorious account of how she and husband Stuart came to realise that from the earliest age their children communicated through music. She gives an honest account of the burdens as well as the joys, as she and Stuart knew they had a duty to fulfil, which imposed enormous financial strain on them. Now they can relish their children's achievements - including Sheku's performance at a royal wedding - and know all the sacrifice was worth it. Kadie combines this with a searing account of growing up as a mixed-race child in the Britain of the 70s. A deeply intimate and honest read on so many levels.' * John Suchet * 'The Kanneh-Masons are a unique family and the family's matriarch, Kadiatu, has written a suitably unique and fascinating account of how day-to-day life works in an extraordinary household.' -- Julian Lloyd Webber 'Having just spent time working with my friend Sheku at Abbey Road it's wonderful to read about him and his terrific family. All the DNA that makes him one of the most important classical musicians - actually make that 'all around' musicians - of his generation is captured so well in this loving book.' -- Nile Rodgers 'This book is about hard work, determination and a triumph against the odds. It is truly inspirational!' -- Paul Smith
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