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Keynote speech: Dr Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason

'Music is an academic subject. It does demand intellectual vigor. Learning to read music or play or sing -these are incredibly developed skills. But music is also part of what makes us human.

- Dr Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason

Dr Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason is a former lecturer at Birmingham University and the mother of seven musical children. Sheku Kanneh-Mason was the first black musician to win BBC Young Musician in 2016 and performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Two of his siblings are also former BBC Young Musician category finalists. During the first lockdown, the Kanneh-Masons garnered huge audiences for their livestreamed performances. Her first book, House of Music, Raising the Kanneh-Masons, was published in September 2020.

Cover image: Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, by Ali J Photography.