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Chineke! Orchestra

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The orchestra marks the first Stephen Lawrence Day, held on the anniversary of the teenager's murder in 1993, with a concert of works by BME composers.

The concert is preceded by a panel discussion at 5pm, introduced by Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Stephen's mother, that looks at the progress London has made since Stephen’s murder.

Chineke! Orchestra performs Errollyn Wallen's upbeat Concerto Grosso for piano, violin and double bass, Philip Herbert's Elegy, written in memory of Stephen and featuring an orchestra of 18 string players – one for each year of his life – and the sparkling Starburst by the young American composer Jessie Montgomery.

Avril Coleridge-Taylor’s Sussex Landscape receives a rare performance, an expansive reflection on the beauty of that part of southern England where she spent the final years of her life.

Beethoven's joyous Eighth Symphony rounds off the evening.

The concert coincides with the release of a new CD on the NMC Recordings label featuring works by seven BME composers, including Wallen and Herbert, whom Chineke! has championed over the past three years.


Chineke! Orchestra
Michael Morgan conductor *
Rebeca Omordia piano
Kelly Hall Tompkins violin
Chi-chi Nwanoku double bass


Errollyn Wallen: Concerto grosso for piano, violin & double bass
Philip Herbert: Elegy: In memoriam - Stephen Lawrence
Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
A Coleridge -Taylor: Sussex Landscape, Op.27
Beethoven: Symphony No.8

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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* Please note change of artist from originally advertised.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall at 5pm: pre-concert talk. Join us for a panel talk and discussion looking at the progress London has made since Stephen Lawrence’s murder. We discuss the issues of social injustice, community policing, and racial inequality in our city, and examine how arts, culture and education can help in tackling social, economic and racial inequality.

Introduced by Baroness Doreen Lawrence and chaired by Emma Dabiri. Speakers include Chi-chi Nwanoku, Imran Khan QC, Dean Atta, Gus Nwanoku and a representative from the Greater London Authority.

The event is 90 minutes long, including a 20-minute Q&A. Admission free.