JDRF, the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes research, has appointed internationally renowned cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason as a global ambassador. The 19 year-old British cellist captured the world’s attention during his performance at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Kanneh-Mason was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, five years before he won BBC Young Musician 2016 and made his mark as one of the brightest young stars in classical music, all the while balancing his blood glucose levels before he performs.
“Managing my diabetes does provide an extra challenge before I perform. Most musicians don’t have to think about avoiding hypos,” he explains. “But playing at the Royal Wedding was awesome and I’m glad I can help raise awareness of the condition and of the Type 1 diabetes charity, JDRF.”
As JDRF Global Ambassador, Kanneh-Mason will help to highlight JDRF’s international research programme and lend his voice to enhance fundraising, advocacy and education efforts in the fight against Type 1 diabetes. He is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music and is passionate about making classical music accessible to all. www.jdrf.org.uk.
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