Chineke! Orchestra


Chineke! Orchestra by Eric Richmond
  • artist:Chineke! Orchestra
  • event type:Classical:NEXT 17 Opening Artist
  • date:17 May 2017
  • time:20:30 - 21:15
  • city/area:Rotterdam
  • venue:De Doelen, Jurriaanse Zaal (first floor)
  • country:Netherlands
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Chineke! Orchestra are a pioneering ensemble that emphasise classical music made and played by Black and Minority Ethnic musicians (BME). Since their 2015 debut, Chineke! Orchestra have offered a needed course-correction for the classical music community, an industry that has historically marginalised certain ethnic groups and classes. Chineke! - which means "the spirit of creation" in Igbo - show that the best groups reflect the diversity of the audiences they hope to attract.

Chi-chi Nwanoku is founder and artistic director of Chineke! Orchestra, and a professor at the Royal Academy of Music. Nwanoku's success with Chineke! Orchestra has led to increasing engagements and accolades, and Chineke! have further added a mentorship program for younger musicians. As the mission expands, Nwanoku has a simple request: "Let us be judged by our music."

Judgement has been rendered: the future is bright for Chineke! Orchestra, and classical music is better for it. The orchestra will be joined by the Doelen Ensemble for the piece by Sarah Kirkland Snider. This collaboration is supported by Codarts.

Sarah Kirkland Snider movements from Unremembered
The Slaughterhouse
The Swan

Errollyn Wallen
Concerto Grosso for Solo Piano, Violin, Double Bass and Strings

Chineke! Orchestra appears with the kind support of The GREAT Britain campaign : British Council : PRS Foundation : Sphinx Organization