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Chineke! Orchestra

Saturday, April 25, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kevin John Edusei conductor
Chi-chi Nwanoku founder
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cellist

Adult: $25, $39, $49, $55
Student: $17.50
Youth: $7.50


Coleridge-Taylor Ballade for Orchestra
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1
Fauré Elégie
Brahms Symphony No. 2

Chineke! was founded in 2015 by the double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, to provide career opportunities for young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s mission is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’.

The Chineke! Orchestra, the Foundation’s flagship ensemble, works closely with its sister ensemble, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra, a youth orchestra of BME players aged between 11 and 18, with senior players acting as mentors, teachers and role models to the young musicians.

In 2017, the Chineke! Orchestra made its BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in August and performed at many other leading festivals throughout England, all to great critical acclaim. Chineke! has released two CDs over the past year with more planned in 2018 and 2019.

The Chineke! Ensemble comprises the principal players of the Chineke! Orchestra. It has performed in Manchester in 2017 and made its debut at Wigmore Hall in 2018 before going on to play at the Cheltenham and Ryedale festivals. In the autumn of 2018 it will perform at the Tonbridge Music Club, Wimbledon International Festival, Cambrige Music Festival and at St George’s Bristol.

Chineke!’s founder, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, says: ‘My aim is to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.’

In the words of Sir Simon Rattle: ‘Chineke! is not only an exciting idea but a profoundly necessary one. The kind of idea which is so obvious that you wonder why it is not already in place. The kind of idea which could deepen and enrich classical music in the UK for generations. What a thrilling prospect!’

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Chineke! sounds fresh, impassioned, a little untamed, full of raw promise.

—Fiona Maddox

The Guardian

Chi-chi Nwanoku

Founder, double bass

Kevin John Edusei


Chineke! Orchestra


Sheku Kanneh-Mason



Saturday, April 25, 2020
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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