• The Chineke! Orchestra in concert

    Watch the Chineke! Orchestra's debut concert, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 13 September 2015.

  • The Chineke! Foundation is a non-profit organisation established to provide career opportunities for young Black and Minorty Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. At Chineke!, we champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music, and we aim to be a catalyst for change in the industry.
  • Musician Chi-chi Nwanoku discussing her life and work on Talking Africa

    Musician Chi-chi Nwanoku has been discussing her life and work on Talking Africa. Chi-Chi is a passionate advocate of music and particularly the double bass. She is a Principal Double Bass and founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Endymion Ensemble.


Chineke! Orchestra in Concert

The Chineke! Orchestra burst into life on 13 September 2015 in it’s debut concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Featuring a thrilling programme of music by Beethoven, Brahms and black British composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Philip Herbert, the orchestra played to an electrified capacity audience and brought the house down!...

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‘I want to change perceptions about classical music’

‘I wish to change perceptions of who can and who can’t play classical music, and in turn bring about systematic change. It is absurd to live in a 21st century multi-cultural society in which certain cultural aspects are deemed to be only achievable, understood, and/or appreciated by a small segment...

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Join us for the Chineke! Launch Concert on 13 September!

The Southbank Centre, as part of their Africa Utopia Festival, will host the historic launch of the Chineke! Foundation with a performance by the Chineke! Orchestra, Europe’s first all-BME orchestra. Conducted by Wayne Marshall, the programme will include: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade for orchestra, Op.33 Philip Herbert: Elegy – In memoriam...

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Chineke! Orchestra

The Chineke! Orchestra is Europe’s first, professional Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra. Drawn from performers across the continent, our players represent some of the best musicians working in Europe today

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The Chineke! Junior Orchestra

The Chineke! Junior Orchestra represents the very best young BME talent between the ages of 11-18. Mentored and tutored by our senior musicians, the Junior Orchestra is truly where the future of classical music lies.

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The Chineke! Foundation Competitions

Check back soon for more information on this forthcoming competition.

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