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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason donates £3,000 to his old school

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason donates £3,000 to his old school
From BBC - September 13, 2017

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has donated 3,000 to his old school so 10 other young people can continue having cello lessons.

The teenager made history in 2016 when he became the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician competition.

The 18-year-old donated money saved from his concerts after hearing cello teaching could end at Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham.

He told the Nottingham Post he knew it was "the right thing to do".

"I have had amazing opportunities at Trinity School and to see other children not have the same opportunities as I had would be a huge shame," he said.

Assistant head teacher Steve Manderson said music was still a priority but the school had to make difficult decisions due to cuts from central government.

"It's no secret that funding at the school is pretty dire at the moment and we are having to re-evaluate everything we offer," he said.

"Sheku generously offered to fund a cello teacher and we are in a position where we had to say yes."

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