A very special collaboration between Academy Award-winning actor Olivia Colman, children’s author Michael Morpurgo and the seven “extraordinarily talented” (Classic FM) Kanneh-Mason siblings – Isata, Braimah, Sheku, Konya, Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu - their first album as a family. Recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios, the release includes new poems written by Morpurgo to accompany Saint-Saëns’ beloved musical suite ‘Carnival of the Animals’, read by the author himself, joined by Colman, & guest musicians complete the ensemble for the suite.
The recording features Morpurgo’s heart-warming 'Grandpa Christmas' story, set to music for the first time with classic tracks including ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’, ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ and ‘Sea Murmurs’., & includes a new arrangement of Eric Whitacre’s ‘The Seal Lullaby’ featuring all seven siblings, Morpurgo reads the role of Grandpa, with the youngest Kanneh-Mason, Mariatu, reading his granddaughter.
Also featuring on the album is the Kanneh-Masons’ own arrangement of Bob Marley’s iconic hit ‘Redemption Song’. Decca, 2020.
Saint-Saëns - Le Carnaval des Animaux
Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy [Nutcracker] arr. Langer for 2 pianos
Bartók - Maypole Dance & Mosquito Dance [44 Duos for Two Violins, BB 104 /Sz. 98]
Grieg - Little Bird [Lyric Pieces Book 3 op.43: no.4]
Rimsky Korsakov - Flight of the Bumble-Bee [Tale of Tsar Saltan] arr. Rachmaninoff for piano
Castelnuovo-Tedesco - Sea Murmurs for violin + piano
Whitacre -The Seal Lullaby arr. Parkin
Marley - Redemption Song arr. Kanneh-Mason