Acclaimed Nottingham cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has revealed his passport has been reinstated, after the Home Office cancelled it without explanation.
Kanneh-Mason, who famously played at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in 2018, took to his Facebook page to vent his frustration.
He explained that he had submitted his British passport to the Home Office as a part of the process for obtaining an additional passport that would assist with applications for visas and international work permits.
The MBE holder posted: “Applied for an additional British Passport with the approval of Home Office to assist with applications for visas and international work permits in this post Brexit Covid world along with my sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.
“Appointments 15 mins apart, identical paperwork submitted.”
Kanneh-Mason announced that his sister received her original passport and a second one in the post within a week, but his passport was returned cancelled, despite the expiry date being 2029.
The ex-Trinity School student received “no explanation” and “no forthcoming assistance” from the Home Office, which left his ability to play his engagements uncertain.
On Thursday, an update was posted on the cellist’s socials – a picture of a new blue passport.
Kanneh-Mason revealed that the Home Office contacted him on Wednesday afternoon stating his additional passport had been processed.
It was couriered to the musician that evening.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We apologise to Mr Kanneh-Mason for any inconvenience caused as a result of this incident, which was due to human error.
“We have now issued him with a replacement passport.”