Chineke!: Descend to Earth

Saturday 7 August 2021

We are thrilled that the Chineke! Orchestra will perform as part of LIVE From London. Founded in 2015 by double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, the Chineke!

Foundation has gained widespread acclaim through the Chineke! Orchestra (and its sister Chineke! Junior Orchestra), Europe’s first majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra. It was founded to provide career opportunities to established and up-and-coming Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe.

Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of Black and ethnically diverse musicians in British and European orchestras. The programme includes music by Mendelssohn, British composer Philip Herbert and Nigerian Fela Sowande.

Chineke! will be joined by VOCES8 in music by Cuban baroque composer Esteban Salas as well as premieres of new orchestrations of choral music by Ken Burton previously heard in LIVE From London festivals.

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