The Chineke! Foundation was created in 2015 to provide outstanding career opportunities to established and up-and-coming Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe. The Foundation’s flagship ensemble, the Chineke! Orchestra, comprises exceptional musicians from across the continent brought together several times a year. As Europe’s first majority-Black and ethnically diverse orchestra, Chineke! performs standard orchestral repertoire along with the works of Black and ethnically diverse composers both past and present.
In 2017, the orchestra released its first album, and made its BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in August, to much critical acclaim. In 2018, the orchestra gave the inaugural concert at the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall and performed there again in July as part of the Southbank Centre’s Africa Utopia festival. To date, Chineke! has released albums under Signum Records, Orchid Classics and NMC Recordings, with further releases planned in 2022.
There will be an interval with refreshments.