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Isata Kanneh-Mason

Isata Kanneh-Mason sitting at a grand piano smiling against a pale orange backdrop

Take a trip down memory lane as pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason looks back in a nostalgic evening inspired by the imaginations and experiences of childhood.

Despite only being in her mid-twenties, Isata Kanneh-Mason brings a mature perspective to popular children’s tunes. Mozart’s playful variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star set us up for a spirited and playful evening, which also features Debussy and Schumann’s depictions of childhood scenes. Eleanor Alberga says of her piece Cwiceolfor, (an ancient spelling of mercury, an element that fascinated her in her youth), ‘I suppose the alchemy lies in transforming my childhood experience into a piece of music’. 

Isata Kanneh-Mason is an artist already making enormous waves. The eldest of the infamously talented siblings, recipient of the 2021 Leonard Bernstein Award and now 21–22 ECHO Rising Star, Isata Kanneh-Mason is now an artist of international renown. We’re delighted to finally be able to present her solo Barbican debut.

The end time for this concert will be added here closer to the performance date

Produced by the Barbican

Supported by the Idlewild Trust, Rainbow Dickinson Trust, Leche Trust and the Golsoncott Foundation

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photo of isata kenneh mason playing the piano

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Isata Kanneh-Mason plays Brahms's Op 118, No 3 'Ballade' in our Fountain Room

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Barbican Patrons get closer to the music with exclusive behind-the-scenes events. Join us for a special backstage conversation with Isata Kanneh Mason