“A delight to the final chord.” Radio Times
“There was enough brilliance in this living room to fill Britain’s Got Talent for a whole series.” The Times
Imagine: This House Is Full Of Music is the first ‘remote access’ Imagine film.
The film offers a unique and intimate portrait of an exceptionally gifted musical family in lockdown – The Kanneh-Masons (main image). In 2016, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason won BBC Young Musician, in 2018 he released his debut album and, earlier this year, his second album Elgar entered the top ten of the UK official album chart. He went on to global fame when he performed solo at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018 in front of a TV audience of two billion people worldwide.
But it doesn’t stop there, his six siblings are also phenomenally talented musicians; three are former BBC Young Musician category-finalists and the eldest sibling, pianist Isata, has also presented for the Proms. Ever since lockdown began, the seven young prodigies aged 10-24 have been isolated in the family home in Nottingham, along with their parents Stuart and Kadiatu, and Sheku and Braimah’s flatmate, fellow Royal Academy of Music student, Plinio Fernandes. Unable to perform publicly, the family decided to stage a vibrant and eclectic concert in the only place they can – their own home – and granted the BBC exclusive access using fixed rig cameras installed in the house that were remotely operated, with video messaging to capture interviews.
Exploring both the family’s music-making and their family life, the programme culminates in a moving concert that is a testament to the power of music to carry us through the most difficult of times.
1×60 for BBC One
Presented by Alan Yentob
Produced and Directed by Dominic Best
Executive Producers: Neil Crombie and Joe Evans
Edited by Olivia Baldwin
Developed by Joe Fell