9 April 2018: The Chineke! Orchestra re-opens the Queen Elizabeth Hall, featuring music of Britten, Beethoven, Coleridge-Taylor and a world premiere by Daniel Kidane, "Dream Song"
The Sunday Times- Paul Driver:
'They gave performances of equal energy and cogency.'
The Guardian -Fiona Maddocks:
'Chineke! sound fresh, impassioned...raw with promise.' 'they attract an audience as diverse as anyone living in an UK conurbation meets in the street or a park but never in a classical concert.'
BBC Radio 3 in Concert- Sarah Walker:
'Finally: to be playing to be playing to an audience that looks like the community we all live in is so refreshing.' - Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE
The Financial Times- Richard Fairman:
'If it is going to play as well as this, Chineke! sounds ready to start writing the next chapter at the QEH.'
The Telegraph- Ivan Hewett:
'The whole orchestra was on terrific form, but the numerous solos in the slow movement shone out with special eloquence.'
The Standard Arts - Nick Kimberley:
'Groundbreaking orchestra' 'mixing mystery and mischief in equal measure.'
The Independent - Michael Church:
'Brimming with confidence, energy and verve... Chineke! has a big future.'
The Arts Desk - Boyd Tonkin:
'Steel as well as fire.'
The Chineke! Foundation would like to thank our wonderful audience for making us feel so welcome at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and to all the musicians of the Chineke! Orchestra, as well as conductor Anthony Parnther, baritone Roderick Williams OBE, and composer Daniel Kidane for their fabulous performances!
If you missed this fantastic performance, the full live broadcast is available on on BBC iPlayer for the next 23 days.