Chineke! Chamber Ensemble at Stratford East
Oct
21
5:30 pm17:30

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble at Stratford East

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CHINEKE! CHAMBER ENSEMBLE will be performing an intimate programme of chamber music in Paines Plough's acclaimed pop-up theatre ROUNDABOUT.

Strauss Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders

Wallen NNENNA 

Beethoven Septet in E flat, Op 20.

This is a free, balloted event open specifcally for Newham residents. The ballot will open Wed 11 Sep and close on Fri 27 Sep. Tickets are limited to two per person.

This event is funded by Newham Council as part of their Black History Month programme.

This concert is part of the ROUNDABOUT Festival. View the full line up here.

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Chineke! Chamber Ensemble at New College, Oxford
Oct
30
6:00 pm18:00

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble at New College, Oxford

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Chineke! Chamber Ensemble is delighted to perform for the very first time at Oxford University!

TORCH - The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities - has invited Chineke! to the Antechapel of New College, where we will play the following:

  • Strauss (arr Franz Hasenoehrl) Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders

  • Wallen NNENNA

  • Mozart Oboe Quartet in F, K 370

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Nonet in F minor, Op 2

The concert will be preceded by a talk and Q&A session with Chineke!'s founder and Artistic Director, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE. Both the talk and the concert itself are FREE to attend, though booking is advised.

Wednesday 30th October 2019

New College Antechapel, Oxford University

Q&A with Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE - 6pm

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble concert - 7pm

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Chineke! Orchestra: Weber, Coleridge-Taylor & Brahms
Nov
7
7:30 pm19:30

Chineke! Orchestra: Weber, Coleridge-Taylor & Brahms

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Weber: Overture, Oberon
Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op.80
Brahms: Symphony No.2

An intriguing story surrounds Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto.

It was commissioned by the Norfolk Festival in Connecticut, USA, to be performed by the violinist Maud Powell in 1912.

Coleridge-Taylor completed the work that spring and dispatched the score and performing material on the Titanic.

The material never arrived, of course, and he had to hastily rewrite the piece from memory.

A rather eerie aspect of this tale is that the composer based his work on several African-American melodies – ‘spirituals’ – one of which was ‘Keep me from sinking down’.

Coleridge-Taylor was not present at the first performance but he was represented by a portrait placed on the stage.

Indeed, he was destined never to hear his Violin Concerto – it was performed in the Henry Wood Promenade concert season in October 1912; the composer had died a month earlier.

Written during a summer retreat in 1877, Brahms said in a rascally misleading letter to his publisher that his Second Symphony ‘is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning’.

Nothing could be further from the truth – this symphony is one of the composer’s sunniest and most cheerful works.

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

Performers

Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei conductor
Elena Urioste violin

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Chineke! Orchestra: Concertgebouw Bruges
Nov
8
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra: Concertgebouw Bruges

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Weber: Overture, Oberon
Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op.80
Brahms: Symphony No.2 2 in D major, opus 73

The Chineke! Orchestra head to Bruges for the second concert of their European Tour.

In this concert, the romantic Violin Concerto of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – sometimes called the black Dvořák or Mahler – stands fraternally alongside works by Brahms and von Weber.

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

Performers

Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei conductor
Elena Urioste violin

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Chineke! Orchestra: Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Nov
14
8:15 pm20:15

Chineke! Orchestra: Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

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Weber- Overture 'Oberon'
Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op.80
Brahms: Symphony No.2 2 in D major, opus 73

Chineke! Orchestra opens the Concertgebouw Amsterdam performance with Weber’s Overture for ‘Oberon’.

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

Performers

Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei conductor
Elena Urioste violin

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Chineke! Orchestra: Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne
Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

Chineke! Orchestra: Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne

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Weber - Overture 'Oberon'
Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op.80
Brahms: Symphony No.2 2 in D major, opus 73

Chineke! Orchestra performs at the Kölner Philharmonie on 15 November. The American violinist Elena Urioste interprets the highly romantic violin concerto by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The concert opens with the overture of Carl Maria von Weber’s fairytale opera ‘Oberon’.

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

Performers

Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei conductor
Elena Urioste violin

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Chineke! Orchestra: Blauwe Zaal De Singel, Antwerp
Nov
16
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra: Blauwe Zaal De Singel, Antwerp

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Weber - Overture 'Oberon'
Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op.80
Brahms: Symphony No.2 2 in D major, opus 73

The penultimate concert of the European tour will be played in Blauwe Zaal De Singel in Antwerp. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was one of the few Afro-British composers ever to break through internationally. His Violin Concerto is deeply rooted in Romanticism, but also allows the soloist an almost modernistic freedom: perfect for the talented young violinist Elena Urioste. Romanticism continues to reign supreme with the overture from Weber’s opera ‘Oberon’ and Brahms’ Second Symphony.

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

Performers

Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei conductor
Elena Urioste violin

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Chineke! Orchestra: Eurogress, Aachen
Nov
18
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra: Eurogress, Aachen

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Weber - Overture 'Oberon'
Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op.80
Brahms: Symphony No.2 2 in D major, opus 73

A horn call of the legendary fairy king Oberon opens the gates to the imagination in Carl Maria von Weber’s last opera overture, composed in London in 1826. Along with the hero and his queen Titania, knights, pirates and an oriental princess. appear in this impressive tone poem.

The Chineke! Orchestra introduces the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor to concert hall for the first time. The son of a doctor from Sierra Leone was a favourite pupil of the great composition teacher Charles Villiers Stanford, encouraged by Elgar and caused a stir at the beginning of the twentieth century as the ‘black Dvořák’. His violin concerto, premiered in 1912, is a highly romantic work, following on from the American Pieces by Dvořák.

Finally, the second symphony of Johannes Brahms leads us to Pörtschach am Wörthersee - a cheerful, buoyant and easygoing local summer retreat that sounds almost like a pastorale by this otherwise serious composer.

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

Performers

Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei conductor
Elena Urioste violin

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Chineke! Orchestra: Coleridge-Taylor, Bruch & Beethoven
Feb
23
7:30 pm19:30

Chineke! Orchestra: Coleridge-Taylor, Bruch & Beethoven

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Coleridge-Taylor: Othello Suite, Op.79
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor
Beethoven: Symphony No.7

Enchanting incidental music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor leads into Beethoven’s gigantic Seventh Symphony, on the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Othello Suite is taken from incidental music written for a production of the play in 1911. It features the bewitching ‘Children’s Intermezzo’.

Former BBC New Generation Artist Tai Murray has been a key member of Chineke! since its inception and returns as soloist in Bruch’s ever-popular Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor.

The celebrated violinist Joseph Joachim, who played all four of the great German violin concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Bruch, said on his 75th birthday in 1906 that Bruch’s was ‘the richest and most enchanting of the four’.

Tai Murray led the Chineke! Orchestra in its first concert in September 2015, when it performed Beethoven’s Symphony No.7.

Chineke! is delighted to be playing this great work again nearly five years later, in the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Performers

Chineke! Orchestra
Fawzi Haimor conductor
Tai Murray violin

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Chineke! Orchestra: Coleridge-Taylor, Beethoven & Dvořák
May
12
7:30 pm19:30

Chineke! Orchestra: Coleridge-Taylor, Beethoven & Dvořák

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Coleridge-Taylor: African Dance, Op.35 No.4
Beethoven: Triple Concerto for violin, cello & piano
Dvořák: Symphony No.6

Four pieces by turn-of-the-century composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor have ‘Africa’ in their titles; this evening, hear his lyrical African Dance.

Best-known for his cantata Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, Coleridge-Taylor had a high compositional output in his all-too-short life, dying at the age of 37 in 1912.

Alongside chamber, choral and vocal works, there is a symphony, a violin concerto (performed by Chineke! at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 7 November 2019) and many other orchestral works.

These include incidental music to plays such as Othello (performed by Chineke! at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 23 February 2020) and Faust, and several short suites, including the African Suite Op.35, which includes the African Dance.

Performers

Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei conductor
Adé Williams violin
Sterling Elliot cello
Stewart Goodyear piano

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Chineke! Chamber Ensemble at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Oct
8
1:05 pm13:05

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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The Chineke! Chamber Ensemble are excited to perform at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for a lunchtime concert of quintets by Coleridge-Taylor and Schubert, displaying the astonishing maturity and virtuosity of the young composers.

Premiered in 1893, Coleridge-Taylor's charismatic four-movement quintet was written at the age of eighteen. The influence of his favourite composer, Dvorak, as well as Schubert, is evident in the inventive, melodic lines and rich tone colour of this Post-Romantic piece, demonstrating a remarkable self-assurance for one so young.

This is complimented by Schubert's innovative Trout Quintet composed in 1819 when he was just 22 years' old. The fourth movement features variations on his earlier Lied, Die Forelle and is scored for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass rather than the more usual piano and string quartet configuration.

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Coleridge-Taylor
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.1
Schubert Piano Quintet in A, D667

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Chineke! Chamber Ensemble at Chatsworth Arts Festival
Sep
20
6:00 pm18:00

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble at Chatsworth Arts Festival

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Chineke! Chamber Ensemble will appear at Chatsworth Arts Festival to perform as a Septet!

They will perform a short concert during the day and an early evening concert in the Theatre - tickets for the early evening concert can be purchased £15 with a festival day pass or separately for £25 (includes a pre-concert glass of wine). See more details below.

Chatsworth Arts Festival runs from 20-22 September and will be a dynamic weekend of culture, thought and performance from artists, makers and designers.

A glimpse of tomorrow

Talk | Friday 20 September | 12.30pm | 1 hour

Chineke! founder, Artistic & Executive Director Chi-chi Nwanoku talks about her passionate belief that orchestras – and music and the arts in general – need to do more to provide opportunities and break down barriers for people from diverse backgrounds. Reflecting on the vision and purpose of setting up the Chineke! Foundation which she founded in 2015, she will expand on what it means to be "championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music".

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble: A Septet

Friday 20 September

Strauss (arr F Hasenoehrl) Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders

Kakabadse Concertato for cello and double bass

Wallen NNENNA

Beethoven Septet in E flat, Op 20

Short performances | 1.45pm | 20 minutes
These are short pop-up performances and are fringe events. They are included with admission. No booking necessary.

Full performance | 6pm | 1.5 hours
The full performance is a special event and ticketed separately from the festival day passes. Tickets can be purchased for £15 alongside a festival day ticket or separately for £25. An after-concert dinner in The Flying Childers will be available to book separately.

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Chineke! Ensemble at Queen Elizabeth Hall - part of Africa Utopia Festival
Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

Chineke! Ensemble at Queen Elizabeth Hall - part of Africa Utopia Festival

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Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia with works spanning over two centuries.

Southbank Centre’s Associate Orchestra has appeared in every edition of the festival since 2015.

The ensemble performs Spohr’s charming Nonet dating from the late Classical period, Dvorák’s Serenade in D minor, abounding in bohemian melodies and rhythms, and Ligeti’s ebullient and virtuoso collection of Six Bagatelles for wind quintet.

Bringing the music right up to date, Errollyn Wallen’s NNENNA was commissioned for the Cambridge Festival in 2018.

Written in memory of Mgbafor Nnenna Inyama (1963 – 1986), NNENNA is scored for seven players.

It ends with an arrangement of the highlife song Sweet Mother by Prince Nico Mbarga, sometimes referred to as ‘Africa’s National Anthem’.

Sunday 15 September 2019 – Queen Elizabeth Hall, part of “Africa Utopia”

Ligeti Six Bagatelles (12 mins)

Spohr Nonet in F, Op 31 (30 mins)

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Wallen NNENNA (12 mins)

Dvorak Serenade for Wind in D minor, Op 44 (24 mins)

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Chineke! Junior Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall - part of Africa Utopia Festival
Sep
15
3:00 pm15:00

Chineke! Junior Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall - part of Africa Utopia Festival

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Chineke! Junior Orchestra will perform as part of the Southbank Centre’s fifth edition of Africa Utopia.

This festival, running from 13 - 15 September, is a multi-genre celebration of the culture and creativity of Africa and the diaspora.

Chineke! Junior Orchestra has appeared in each of the annual festivals, and this year will present a FREE ‘Passenger Seats’ concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 3pm on Sunday 15 September.

Audiences will be able to hear the music up close as a they choose a seat next to the musicians on stage. This immersive experience is a unique and wonderful way to enjoy the programme of well-known pieces, which include:

Joplin: The Entertainer
Coleridge-Taylor: Petite suite de concert, Op.77
Vivaldi: Allegro moderato (1st movement) from Concerto in G minor for 2 cellos & orchestra, RV.531

The orchestra will be conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren.

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Prom 5: CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon
Jul
22
11:00 am11:00

Prom 5: CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon

John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Benjamin Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

Giacomo Puccini Madam Butterfly – Humming Chorus

Hans Zimmer Earth

Kwamé Ryan, conductor

Join favourite CBeebies presenters for a family Prom designed to fire youthful imaginations and demonstrate the power of dreaming big.

Young musical astronauts can follow in the footsteps of the Apollo 11 mission, experiencing new adventures along the way – including a meeting with the Clangers.

The concert also features a new BBC Ten Pieces Trailblazers commission by film music’s living legend Hans Zimmer, which imagines how our Earth appears as seen from the Moon.

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Prom 3: CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon
Jul
21
11:00 am11:00

Prom 3: CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon

John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Benjamin Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

Giacomo Puccini Madam Butterfly – Humming Chorus

Hans Zimmer Earth

Kwamé Ryan, conductor

Join favourite CBeebies presenters for a family Prom designed to fire youthful imaginations and demonstrate the power of dreaming big.

Young musical astronauts can follow in the footsteps of the Apollo 11 mission, experiencing new adventures along the way – including a meeting with the Clangers.

The concert also features a new BBC Ten Pieces Trailblazers commission by film music’s living legend Hans Zimmer, which imagines how our Earth appears as seen from the Moon.

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Chineke! Ensemble at Petworth Festival
Jul
20
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Ensemble at Petworth Festival

Strauss (arr Hasenöhrl) Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders!
Errollyn Wallen Nnenna
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F, K. 370
Saint-Saëns Septet in E flat, Op. 65
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Nonet in F minor, Op. 2

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 Petworth Festival.

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.

We begin the concert with a virtuosic arrangement of Strauss’s tone poem Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders!. 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.

This concert is generously sponsored by the Franks Family and Belinda & John Horley.

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Chineke! Ensemble - The African Concert Series
Jul
17
7:30 pm19:30

Chineke! Ensemble - The African Concert Series

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In 2019 the award winning Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia launched in partnership with the Institute of Art and Music the first ever African Concert Series at the October Gallery in London, described by the BBC as “African Art Music makes a comeback”.

The programme of the series reflects the depth and diversity of African art music, the richly diverse genre of music that originated in Ghana and Nigeria, which forms a bridge between Western classical music and traditional African music.’

In this concert, the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble will explore the music and composition of the champion fencer/classical composer/virtuoso violinist/conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris Joseph Boulogne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges) String Quartet No 3 in G minor and Florence B Price String Quartet in G minor

Wednesday 17 July 2019

19:30 – 21:30 BST

The October Gallery

24 Old Gloucester Street

London

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New Music Biennial 2019 - Hull City Hall
Jul
14
3:00 pm15:00

New Music Biennial 2019 - Hull City Hall

As part of the Performing Rights Society’s New Music Biennial, the Chineke! Orchestra has specially commissioned a new work by composer/baritone Roderick Williams.

Based on the poetry of Chris Beckett, Roderick was inspired to develop this narrative melodically into a piece scored for voice and orchestra -Three Songs from Ethiopia Boy.

Chris Beckett’s book of poetry about his upbringing in Ethiopia was brought to my attention by chance by a pianist with whom I was rehearsing.  My gaze happened to fall on the book and I picked it up, asking about its author, a friend of my accompanist. As I opened it to rifle through, I happened upon the final poem in the book ‘The Goodbye Tree’, and a sense of music began to play immediately in my head.  I knew instinctively that my search for texts for this very special Chineke! commission was over.  The dust and the heat, the rhythms, the colours, the infectious joy, the impish cheekiness of Beckett’s poems screamed out to me as being the perfect match for the effervescent spirit of this unique orchestra. I was a little apprehensive in contacting Chris, afraid he might not be that happy to have me to play with his poetic creation but his response was just as joyous.  I know above all else that setting Chris’ poetry was going to be a great deal of fun.

Roderick Williams

This FREE performance will be followed by a discussion with the composer.

Join us for what promises to be an exciting première by one of Britain’s finest baritones.

Find out more about the PRS New Music Biennial.

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New Music Biennial 2019 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Jul
7
7:30 pm19:30

New Music Biennial 2019 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

As part of the Performing Rights Society’s New Music Biennial, the Chineke! Orchestra has specially commissioned a new work by composer/baritone Roderick Williams.

Based on the poetry of Chris Beckett, Roderick was inspired to develop this narrative melodically into a piece scored for voice and orchestra -Three Songs from Ethiopia Boy.

Chris Beckett’s book of poetry about his upbringing in Ethiopia was brought to my attention by chance by a pianist with whom I was rehearsing.  My gaze happened to fall on the book and I picked it up, asking about its author, a friend of my accompanist. As I opened it to rifle through, I happened upon the final poem in the book ‘The Goodbye Tree’, and a sense of music began to play immediately in my head.  I knew instinctively that my search for texts for this very special Chineke! commission was over.  The dust and the heat, the rhythms, the colours, the infectious joy, the impish cheekiness of Beckett’s poems screamed out to me as being the perfect match for the effervescent spirit of this unique orchestra. I was a little apprehensive in contacting Chris, afraid he might not be that happy to have me to play with his poetic creation but his response was just as joyous.  I know above all else that setting Chris’ poetry was going to be a great deal of fun.

Roderick Williams

This FREE performance will be followed by a discussion with the composer.

Join us for what promises to be an exciting première by one of Britain’s finest baritones.

Find out more about the PRS New Music Biennial.

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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.

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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.

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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 Canadian 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

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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 Canadian 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

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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

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Jun
13
7:30 pm19:30

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Canadian 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)
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Dvorák Symphony No.7

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THE APEX, BURY ST EDMUNDS
May
26
7:30 pm19:30

THE APEX, BURY ST EDMUNDS

Programme:

Copland Music for the Theatre 
Ibert Divertissement 
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (jazz band version) 
Interval
Jessie Montgomery Starburst
Weill Suite from The Threepenny Opera 
Copland Old American Songs 
Gershwin Songs from Porgy and Bess

Wayne Marshall conductor 
Stewart Goodyear piano 
Nadine Benjamin soprano 
Peter Brathwaite baritone


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THE FORUM, BATH
May
25
7:30 pm19:30

THE FORUM, BATH

Copland Music for the Theatre 
Ibert Divertissement 
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (jazz band version) 
Interval
Jessie Montgomery Starburst
Weill Suite from The Threepenny Opera 
Copland Old American Songs 
Gershwin Songs from Porgy and Bess

Wayne Marshall conductor 
Stewart Goodyear piano 
Nadine Benjamin soprano 
Peter Brathwaite baritone


Chineke! is a thrilling phenomenon. The first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of primarily black and minority ethnic musicians, it made a smash debut at the 2017 Proms. With its aim of ‘championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’ it offers brilliant and inclusive performances for the 21st century. Their programme includes the fabulous Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin as well as timeless songs from Porgy and Bess.

‘Arguably one of the most important concerts that the Proms have ever hosted’ GUARDIAN

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THE DOME, BRIGHTON
May
23
7:30 pm19:30

THE DOME, BRIGHTON

Programme:

Copland Music for the Theatre 
Ibert Divertissement 
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (jazz band version) 
Interval
Jessie Montgomery Starburst
Weill Suite from The Threepenny Opera 
Copland Old American Songs 
Gershwin Songs from Porgy and Bess

Wayne Marshall conductor 
Stewart Goodyear piano 
Nadine Benjamin soprano 
Peter Brathwaite baritone


Making a welcome return to this year’s Festival, Chineke! bring their extraordinary energy and enthusiasm to this evening’s performance, taking us on a journey through the 1920s from New York to Weill’s Vienna.



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Sound Unbound 2019
May
19
2:30 pm14:30

Sound Unbound 2019

Holst St Paul’s Suite

Philip Herbert Elegy: in memoriam, Stephen Lawrence

Britten Simple Symphony

Michael Rakotoarivony, conductor

A free music festival of unexpected sounds in unexpected places.

Music will burst from the Barbican and out across Culture Mile’s architectural gems with a line-up of artists for whom the boundaries between classical and contemporary, experimental and jazz are blurred – or never even existed in the first place.

At 3.30pm, on stage after the concert there will be a talk with our founder Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE and Huw Humphreys, Head of Music at the Barbican Centre.

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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.

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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.

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Apr
22
7:30 pm19:30

Chineke! marks Stephen Lawrence Day

Errollyn Wallen: Concerto Grosso for violin, double bass & piano
Philip Herbert: Elegy: in memoriam, Stephen Lawrence
Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
Avril Coleridge-Taylor: Sussex Landscape, Op.27
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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, concluding with Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony. Conductor Michael Morgan makes his Chineke! debut. Preceding the concert will be a panel discussion at 5pm, on the subject of social injustice, gang culture and racial inequality.

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.

Chineke! has recorded the works by Wallen and Herbert which will be released by NMC Recordings later this year. This new album will also include the music of other BME composers whom Chineke! has championed over the past three years.

The panel talk at 5pm will be moderated by Emma Dabiri, Social Historian, Writer & Broadcaster with a distinguished panel of speakers including Imran Khan QC; Dean Atta, poet and writer of 'I am Nobody's Nigger' following murder of Stephen Lawrence; Gus Nwanokwu, teacher, manager & author of Black Shamrocks, Sophie Linden (Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime); Chi-chi Nwanoku double bassist, Founder, Artistic & Executive Director Chineke!

Performers

Chineke! Orchestra 
Michael Morgan conductor
Kelly-Hall Tompkins violin
Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE double bass
Rebeca Omordia piano

The Chineke! Junior Orchestra will also be marking the day with a performance at 3.30pm. Click here for more details (free entry).

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Chineke! Juniors join Stephen Lawrence Day
Apr
22
3:30 pm15:30

Chineke! Juniors join Stephen Lawrence Day

  • Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (map)
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Programme:

Gustav Holst St Paul's Suite

J.S. Bach Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, 1st movement

Philip Herbert Elegy, ‘In Memoriam Stephen Lawrence’

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

Stephanie Childress conductor

The Chineke! Junior Orchestra perform as part of the Chineke! Foundation's commemorations for the first Stephen Lawrence Day, conducted by upcoming talent Stephanie Childress. It will be the first time the Juniors will play Philip Herbert's Elegy: in memoriam, Stephen Lawrence as they help to carry Stephen’s legacy through the power of music. The Chineke! Orchestra will perform the same piece at 7.30pm on the same day. The Chineke! Juniors concert will showcase some of the UK's exceptional young BME musicians as they also perform Bach’s concerto for 2 violins, Holst's St Paul's Suite and the rarely performed Othello Suite by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.


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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

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