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    Chineke! Orchestra: Song of the Prophets

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    Sat 16 Oct, 6.30pm UTC
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £15 ⁠–⁠ £40
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    Ntando Brown

    Hear a call to action to fight climate change, performed to a live audience for the first time by Chineke! Orchestra.

    Commissioned by Christian Aid, Song of the Prophets: A Requiem for the Climate was performed and recorded by Chineke! Orchestra behind closed doors at St Paul’s Cathedral and received its world premiere online in June 2021.

    Four Black British composers each produced thematic movements, which together form a meditation on the climate emergency, as imagined from a theological perspective.

    Beginning with ‘Creation’, written by Ayanna Witter-Johnson; followed by ‘Ruin’ by Daniel Kidane; ‘Recovery’ (by Shirley J Thompson OBE; and ‘Redemption’ by Roderick Williams OBE.

    Each movement is interspersed with improvisations on traditional instruments (tabla, nyatiti, talking drums), played by musicians originating from regions in the Global South that are bearing the brunt of climate change devastation.

    Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint Georges, was known as one of the finest violinists and composers of his day, as evidenced in the Violin Concerto in G.

    He was a contemporary of Mozart and there is renewed interest in this enigmatic figure who graced the courts and salons of 18th-century Paris.

    The concert closes with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.1 in G minor (Winter Daydreams).

    Composed when the composer was in his mid-20s, it was the result of a difficult writing process, but Tchaikovsky would later come to regard it as one of his best works

    Performers
    • Chineke! Orchestra
    • Brandon Keith Brown conductor
    • Adé Williams violin
    • Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno nyatiti
    • RENU (Renu Hossain) tabla
    • Richard Olátundé Baker talking drums
    Repertoire
    • : Song of the Prophets: A Requiem for the Climate
    • Ayanna Witter-Johnson: Creation (1st movement)
    • Daniel Kidane: Ruin (2nd movement)
    • Shirley Thompson: Recovery (3rd movement)
    • Roderick Williams: Redemption (4th movement)
    • : each movement is interspersed with improvisations on traditional instruments
    • Bologne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges): Violin Concerto in G, Op.8 No.2
    • Interval
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 (Winter Daydreams)

    Dates & times

    Sat 16 Oct, 6.30pm UTC
    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.

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