Apr
22
7:30 PM19:30

Chineke! marks Stephen Lawrence Day

Errollyn Wallen: Concerto grosso for piano, violin & double bass
Philip Herbert: Elegy: In memoriam - Stephen Lawrence
Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
Avril Coleridge-Taylor: Sussex Landscape, Op.27
Interval
Beethoven: Symphony No.8

The orchestra marks the first Stephen Lawrence Day, held on the anniversary of the teenager's murder in 1993, with a concert of works by BME composers.

Chineke! Orchestra performs Errollyn Wallen's upbeat Concerto Grosso for piano, violin and double bass, Philip Herbert's Elegy, written in memory of Lawrence and featuring an orchestra of 18 string players – one for each year of his life, and the sparkling Starburst by the young American composer, Jessie Montgomery. Avril Coleridge-Taylor’s Sussex Landscape receives a rare performance, an expansive reflection on the beauty of that part of southern England where she spent the final years of her life.

Beethoven's joyous Eighth Symphony rounds off the evening.

The concert coincides with the release of a new CD on the NMC Recordings label featuring works by seven BME composers, including Wallen and Herbert, whom Chineke! has championed over the past three years.

In the late afternoon, there is a panel talk and discussion by key speakers on the subject of social injustice, gang culture and racial inequality. Further details to be announced in March.

Performers

Chineke! Orchestra 
Anthony Parnther conductor
Kelly-Hall Tompkins violin
Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE double bass
Rebeca Omordia piano
and strings

Dynamic-6b7aa2e6-0b98-5163-be46-7db10b7d307f.jpg
View Event →
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Carl Craig with Chineke!

Carl Craig will continue to stretch the boundaries of techno as he joins forces with the Chineke! Orchestra to present Versus, the orchestral adaptation of his music, alongside his greatest hits.

A creative visionary, world-class DJ and ambassador for his native Detroit, composer Carl Craig is famously known for his groundbreaking approach to electronic music.

The Chineke! Orchestra is the Chineke! Foundation’s flagship ensemble and Europe’s first majority-BME orchestra. Their mission is to ‘champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music’.

This special night is one of the headline events of the Royal Albert Hall’s 2019 Love Classical season, which celebrates some of the most distinctive and original voices in classical music today.

Carl Craig 1920x1080 web image.jpg
rah_loveclassical.jpg
View Event →
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

St George's Bristol

Mendelssohn String Symphony No 10 in B minor
James Wilson World Premiere
Holst St Paul’s Suite
Britten Simple Symphony

Chineke! is St George’s resident orchestra, and is also Europe’s first professional orchestra comprising a majority of black and minority ethnic musicians, founded by the pioneering double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE.

Chineke! returns to St George’s with a delightful programme of music for string orchestra, plus a brand new work by talented young composer James B Wilson. Commissioned by St George’s in collaboration with Chineke! Orchestra, this new piece will celebrate the incredible life and work of one of Bristol’s most iconic civil rights leaders, Dr Paul Stephenson OBE.

formal_compositeCredit Eric Richmond and Joe Swift.jpg
View Event →
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Queen Elizabeth Hall

American composer/pianist, Stewart Goodyear, performs his own Callaloo, a virtuoso tour de force for piano and orchestra which, with its driving jazz rhythms and colourful orchestration, makes it an immediately appealing work.

Also, Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite brings a dash of Norwegian magic to the programme, and the orchestra also performs Dvorak's Symphony No.7.


Wayne Marshall conductor
Stewart Goodyear piano

Programme:

Grieg Peer Gynt, Suite No.1
Stewart Goodyear Callaloo - Caribbean Suite for piano & orchestra (London premiere)
-interval-
Dvorák Symphony No.7

Dynamic-96a87ee6-0a17-502b-839f-629251a16246.jpg
View Event →
Jun
14
7:45 PM19:45

THE ANVIL, BASINGSTOKE

Chineke! Orchestra


The perennial freshness of Grieg’s music to Peer Gynt never fails to make an impact. Stewart Goodyear’s Callaloo is a tour de force for piano and orchestra which, with its jazz rhythms and colourful orchestration, has an immediate appeal. The concert ends with Dvořàk’s most powerful and dramatic symphony, first conducted in London by the composer himself to scenes of overwhelming enthusiasm. While influenced by the German tradition, it retains Dvořàk’s own winning brand of melody.


Wayne Marshall conductor
Stewart Goodyear piano

Programme:

Grieg Peer Gynt, Suite No.1
Stewart Goodyear Callaloo - Caribbean Suite for piano & orchestra
   -interval-
Dvorák Symphony No.7

AnvilMainStallsRight.jpg
View Event →
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM

Chineke! Orchestra

Callaloo, perhaps best known as a popular Caribbean dish, is also a virtuosic tour de force for piano and orchestra composed by young American composer/pianist, Stewart Goodyear. Full of driving jazz rhythms and colourful orchestration, Callaloo is an immediately appealing work.

Having opened the last Birmingham Classical season, Chineke! make a welcome return as the final orchestra to perform in this season.


Wayne Marshall conductor
Stewart Goodyear piano

Programme:

Grieg Peer Gynt, Suite No.1
Stewart Goodyear Callaloo - Caribbean Suite for piano & orchestra
   -interval-
Dvorák Symphony No.7

View Event →
Jun
16
4:00 PM16:00

THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER

Chineke! Orchestra

For this afternoon concert, the Chineke! Orchestra perform Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Ballade, an attractively lyrical work that has become their signature piece, a lively new work by American pianist Stewart Goodyear and a stalwart symphony, Dvorák’s magnificent Seventh.


Wayne Marshall conductor
Stewart Goodyear piano

Programme:

Coleridge-Taylor Ballade in A minor
Stewart Goodyear Callaloo - Caribbean Suite for piano & orchestra
   -interval-
Dvorák Symphony No.7

The-Bridgewater-Hall-from-canal-basin-large-e1520956626668.jpg
View Event →
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

The Stables Wavendon

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Nonet in F minor, Op.2
Errollyn Wallen: NNENNA 
Saint-Saëns: Septet in E flat major, Op.65 
WA Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K.370

The Chineke! Ensemble comprises the principal players of the Chineke! Orchestra which was founded in 2015 by the double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, to give career opportunities to black, minority ethnic musicians in the UK and from across the world. Chineke!'s mission is "championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music." The Chineke! Ensemble has performed in many chamber music series across England and abroad, including Bristol, Chatham, Cheltenham, Rome, Rotterdam, Ryedale, Manchester, Tonbridge, Wimbledon and at Wigmore Hall in London. The Chineke! Ensemble is delighted to be making its debut at The Stables in Wavendon.

In every programme, Chineke! features a work or works by composers of BME heritage. In this case there are two such works: the Nonet by the teenage Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The son of a doctor from Sierra Leone and an English mother, Coleridge-Taylor was a contemporary of Elgar, Holst and Vaughan Williams. The work is scored for four string players, four wind players and piano, and abounds in delightful melodies and virtuoso writing. Errollyn Wallen's Nnenna was premiered at the Cambridge Festival in November 2018 and is scored for Septet forces. Saint-Saëns' Septet was written in 1879-80 for the Parisian Chamber Music Society "La Trompette" - hence the unusual instrumentation of trumpet, string quintet and piano, in this attractive work full of catchy tunes. Mozart's ever popular Oboe Quartet completes the programme.

View Event →
Jun
21
10:00 PM22:00

Wigmore Hall

One of the most exciting developments of recent years has been the foundation of Europe’s first majority BME orchestra, whose inaugural concert in 2015 was hailed by The Guardian as ‘culturally inspiring’. Here, the Chineke! Ensemble performs an early work by the English mixed-race composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and the London premiere of a recent work by Errollyn Wallen.

formal_compositeCredit Eric Richmond and Joe Swift.jpg
View Event →

Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Imagine Children's Festival - Chineke! Junior Orchestra

Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall

Programme:

Gustav Holst, St Paul's Suite

J.S. Bach, Concerto for 2 violins in D Minor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, The Othello Suite - Dance, Children's Intermezzo, Willow Song and Military March.

The Chineke! Juniors will be taking over the Clore Ballroom for the day as part of the Imagine Children's Festival. Packed with fun, interactive workshops for all ages which will be interpreting the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor through dance, spoken word and singing. This is a free and un-ticketed event.

Photo: Nicole Guarino

Photo: Nicole Guarino

View Event →