classical music

Chineke! Orchestra & Gerard Aimontche

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

The orchestra and soloist perform one of the best known piano concertos in classical music, alongside pieces by Avril Coleridge-Taylor and Beethoven.

Pianist Gerard Aimontche returns to Southbank Centre after his 2017 debut with Chineke!

The soaring string melody of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, preceded by the call to attention from the French horns, is one of the most recognisable openings of any concerto.

This three-movement work is a grand testament to Romanticism.

Avril Coleridge-Taylor followed in the footsteps of her father, the British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, who died when she was just nine years old.

Her career as a pianist, composer and conductor spanned the 20th century.

She wrote chamber works and several shorter pieces for full orchestra including her tone poem Sussex Landscape.

It evokes the countryside where she was to spend the final years of her life.

The signature opening chords of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 in C minor are sometimes described as the ominous sound of ‘fate knocking at the door’.

While the piece did not impress critics on its debut performance in 1808 in Vienna, it has since become one of the composer’s most celebrated works.

This performance is Chineke!'s final homage to the composer in the year which marks the 250th anniversary of his birth.

American conductor Joseph Young makes his London debut with Chineke! this evening.


Chineke! Orchestra
Joseph Young conductor
Gerard Aimontche piano


A Coleridge -Taylor: Sussex Landscape, Op.27
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1
Beethoven: Symphony No.5

Dates & times

19 Oct 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£15 - £40
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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Save money when you book all three Chineke! Orchestra concerts in Classical Season 2020/21 (Mon 19 Oct 2020; Sun 21 Feb & Sun 16 May 2021). To receive your 10% discount, tickets to all the applicable concerts must be purchased in the same transaction. Not available on Price A seats.

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