A programme of works featuring composers of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse heritage who lived and worked in London, including Ignatius Sancho (c.1729-1780), Joseph Boulogne (Chevalier de Saint Georges) (1745-1799) Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) and the violinist George Bridgetower (1778-1860) who gave the first performances of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.9 in A, Op 47, later dedicated to Kreutzer who never played it!
Chineke! was founded in 2015 by the double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, to provide career opportunities for young Black, Asian and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s mission is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’.
In 2017, the Chineke! Orchestra made its BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in August and performed at many other leading festivals throughout England, all to great critical acclaim. Chineke! has released four CDs to date, which you can hear on Spotify.
The Chineke! Ensemble comprises the principal players of the Chineke! Orchestra. It has performed in Manchester in 2017 and made its debut at Wigmore Hall in 2018 before going on to play at the Cheltenham and Ryedale festivals. It has since performed at the Tonbridge Music Club, Wimbledon International Festival, Cambridge Music Festival, St George’s Bristol and Snape Maltings.