Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason - House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons (In Person)

Part of Derby Book Festival
Derby Book Festival , One Night Events
Tuesday 1 June 2021

Part of Derby Book Festival

An evening of music and words with special performances by Aminata and Konya Kanneh-Mason

Tuesday 1 June at 7.30pm – 9pm
Socially Distanced Seating with Face Coverings

“It’s not just a book about music.  It’s also a book about overcoming racial barriers.  It’s a book about courage.”

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason is a remarkable woman: growing up as a mixed-race child in Britain in the 1970s, she is a former lecturer at Birmingham University and has seven children – all of them phenomenally talented musicians. 

Sheku was the first black musician to win Young Musician of the Year and performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, two of his siblings are former BBC Young Musician finalists and the eldest, Isata, has released her first album and performed at the Proms.  

They don’t come from the rarefied environment of elite music schools, but from a state comprehensive in Nottingham. 

In House of Music, Kadiatu recounts the love and determination of herself and her husband that raised a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race.

Live Q&A: There will be an opportunity for Derby Book Festival Authors to answer your questions after the talk. If you have a question, please fill out a question slip before the show starts. These will be available by the entrance to our auditorium. After the talk, a member of our team will collect your question and read it out, so make sure you have it ready! We will try our best to get through as many questions as possible but cannot guarantee all questions will be answered.

Books Purchases and Post-Show Signing: After the performance there will be an opportunity for you to purchase books and get them signed by our Derby Book Festival Authors. After the show, books will be available in our Upper Foyer and book signing will take place in our Café.

Please note: Photographs will not be permitted.

This event takes place in person at Derby Theatre. An online livestream is also available...

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- Book with confidence: we will be offering a flexible ticketing policy to avoid any concern about cancelled performances. A free exchange or refund will be offered in cases of event cancellations due to COVID-19.

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Socially Distanced Seating Pods

- In line with government advice, we are offering seats for all in-person events up until 21 June 2021 in socially distanced pods with one metre distance between each pod. Pods of seats can only be booked and occupied by people from within one household or bubble. 

- Please only book into a seating pod that matches your group size. If the pod size you wish to book is not available, please consider booking two pods of 2 for a group of 4, one pod of 2 and one pod of 3 for a group of 5 and so on. If this is not suitable, please do get in touch to discuss by email tickets@derbytheatre.co.uk or text 07717 346 964.

- Please note there is some level of flexibility and if demand is there we will look to adapt the seating plan as and where we can, while maintaining social distancing, to continue offering varying sized pods (if and where the seating plan allows).

- If government guidelines change before this event takes place, the seating plan may change and capacity may increase.

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Prices from: £16.50 (In Person)