The Chineke! Junior Orchestra play music by 18th-century black composer Joseph Boulogne (Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges). The concert includes Saint-George's Overture, L’Amant Anonyme, his Sinfonia Concertantes for two violins and orchestra, followed by the Symphony No.1. The orchestra is conducted by Manoj Kamps, who is making his second appearance with the Chineke! Juniors at Southbank Centre.
The audience is introduced to Saint-Georges' extraordinary life; from his birth on the island of Guadeloupe to a father of French nobility and a mother who was an African slave, to growing up in Paris from the age of 7. Saint-Georges became a celebrated fencer, soldier and athlete alongside being a violin virtuoso, conductor and highly accomplished composer.
A superstar of his time, Saint-Georges fought for the Republic and was Colonel to France’s first battalion of black soldiers. He survived imprisonment during the French Revolution and was part of the movement to abolish slavery. Sadly his incredible life story has been written out of history.
For all ages