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)
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.

Premium £60 tickets
The Chineke! Foundation is committed to breaking down the barriers which exclude many people from participating in and listening to classical music. You can help us with this by purchasing a premium £60 ticket – in addition to reserving your £30 seat, this provides a £30 ticket for someone who is otherwise unable to afford it.


Chineke! Orchestra
Wayne Marshall conductor