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Chineke! Launch Concert

  • Queen Elizabeth Hall London (map)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade for orchestra, Op.33
Philip Herbert: Elegy: In memoriam - Stephen Lawrence
Johannes Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn (St. Anthony)
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Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No.7

Africa Utopia hosts the historic launch of Chineke!

Chineke! – which means 'the spirit of creation' in Igbo – is the UK's first professional classical orchestra made up entirely of BME musicians.

The orchestra is the brainchild of leading double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, who aims to both celebrate the creative energy of musicians of colour and inspire new generations of instrumentalists.

The concert is conducted by Wayne Marshall, and includes Elegy: In Memoriam – Stephen Lawrence by black British composer Philip Herbert, as well as Beethoven's dramatic Symphony No.7.