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    Chineke! Orchestra: Across the Divide

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    Thu 19 May, 7.30pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £15 ⁠–⁠ £40
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    Chi-chi Nwanoku and fellow female double bassist playing their instruments
    Mark Allan

    Be here for the world premiere of a dynamic new commission, written by Jill Jarman for Dame Evelyn Glennie and Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE.

    The essence of this concerto for double bass and percussion is communication, how we convey meaning without words, bringing the ‘background instruments’ of the orchestra to the fore.

    It was inspired by Nwanoku’s story of how, as a child staying with her family in Nigeria, she would sometimes wake in the night to the sound of distant drumming – the traditional means of relaying messages between villages – to herald a birth, celebrate an event and to warn of danger.

    Chineke! and St George’s Bristol commissioned James B Wilson to write the work Free-man to commemorate the actions of Dr Paul Stephenson and others, who campaigned to end racial discrimination during the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycotts.

    Free-man was first performed in May 2019 in Bristol, and tonight marks its London debut.

    The programme includes the jubilant African Suite by Fela Sowande, one of the foremost proponents of modern Nigerian art music, as well as Dvorák’s enduring Serenade for Strings, one of the composer's most popular works.

    Performers
    • Chineke! Orchestra
    • Odaline de la Martinez conductor
    • Dame Evelyn Glennie percussion
    • Chi-chi Nwanoku double bass
    Repertoire
    • Jill Jarman: Concerto for double bass & percussion (Across the divide) (World premiere)
    • Dvořák: Serenade for strings
    • Interval
    • James B Wilson: Free-man (London premiere)
    • Sowande: African Suite

    Dates & times

    Thu 19 May, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 135 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

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