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    Chineke! and the African-American Symphony

    Sat 10 Jul, 6.30pm
    Royal Festival Hall
    Classical music
    £9 - £60 - Boxes of 4 available for £152
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    Chineke! and the African-American Symphony
    Ntando Brown

    William Grant Still and Florence B Price are two Black composers who made history – hear works from them that incorporate elements of spirituals and blues.

    Still and Price both grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the USA, around the turn of the 20th century.

    Despite the age difference of eight years, they will almost certainly have known each other, as they shared the same teacher and both forged successful careers as composers.
    Still's Symphony No.1 (Afro-American) has the distinction of being the first work by a Black composer to be performed by a leading US orchestra: the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 1931.

    And Price was the first Black woman composer to have music performed by a major symphony orchestra in the US, in 1933.

    The Afro-American Symphony draws on blues forms and spirituals, and the work seeks to portray, as Still wrote in his journal at the time, 'the sons of the soil'. Price's Third Symphony was well-received at its premiere in 1940, the Detroit Free Press reviewer commenting on the 'emotional warmth' of the work, the 'majestic beauty' of the slow movement and the 'great vigor' of the finale. To complete the evening, the extraordinarily talented Amiri Harewood – cellist, singer and pianist – makes his debut with Chineke! in Grieg's evergreen Piano Concerto.

    Performers
    • Chineke! Orchestra
    • Matthew Kofi Waldren conductor
    • Amiri Harewood piano
    Repertoire
    • Still: Symphony No.1 (Afro-American)
    • Grieg: Piano Concerto
    • Interval
    • Price: Symphony No.3 in C minor

    Dates & times

    Sat 10 Jul, 6.30pm
    Approximate run time: 120 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    £9 - £60*

    To maintain social distancing, seats are only available in groups of one or two. 

    Boxes of 4 available for £152

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    Concessions 25%** 

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