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Classic men: Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Tokio Myers win at Brits

TALENT: Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

SHEKU KANNEH-MASON has scooped two awards at the Classic Brit Awards.

The cellist, whose rise to fame has been unstoppable since he became the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician competition, took home prizes for male artist of the year and critics’ choice at last night’s ceremony.

The awards, the classical version of the Brits, were held at the Royal Albert Hall.

The 19-year-old, who comes from a family of musicians – his six siblings all play an instrument – dedicated his critics’ choice win to his parents.

He said: "I feel very lucky to have had some amazing musical education from a young age.

"I think the skills I have learned, especially listening, would improve the world we live in today."

Last month, Kanneh-Mason commanded the world’s attention when he performed at the wedding of Prince Charles and Meghan Markle.

Although he did not get the opportunity to speak with the couple on the big day, he received a “lovely letter” from them thanking him for taking part.

Speaking to Classic FM, he said: "I really enjoyed being part of the day".

"It was such an exciting day to be part of and I was performing a piece of music that I love playing, so that meant I was able to just really enjoy it.”

The Duchess of Sussex made a personal call to the teenage cellist to request he play in St George’s chapel, Windsor Castle during the ceremony.

His debut album, Inspiration is now in its second consecutive week at number one in the Classic FM chart.


BREAKTHROUGH: Tokio Myers holds his award aloft on the Classic BRIT awards red carpet

Classical pianist and music producer Tokio Myers, who one Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, was also among last night’s winners.

Myers won the PPL Classic Brits breakthrough artist of the year award.

On Instagram, he said: “What a year it’s been! My first Classic BRIT Award! Thank You to my fans and to my team for your incredible support! I love you!”

Classical pianist and last week's Life & Style cover star, Alexis Ffrench performed at the event. You can read our interview with him here.

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