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    The Chineke! Orchestra returns to the Southbank Centre as part of the Africa Utopia Festival on 4 September 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall.

  • The Chineke! Orchestra in concert

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

  • In Tune Sessions: Chineke! Orchestra

    Selected members of the Chineke! Orchestra perform live on air on BBC's 'In Tune'.

  • 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.


Amati Magazine Q&A: Chi-chi Nwanoku on Chineke!’s debut concert

‘The celebrated double-bassist Chi-Chi Nwanoku has spearheaded the creation of Chineke!, Europe’s first orchestra comprised entirely of black and ethnic minority musicians. Last Sunday its debut concert for a capacity crowd at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall was a triumph, receiving glowing reviews. Now the tireless Chi-chi tells us how it all happened.’ Read the...

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Chineke! needs YOU!

Are you an aspiring undergraduate or graduate looking to kickstart your career in arts management? Have you got a passion for putting on events and making a splash? Do you have a commitment to improving diversity in the arts? If so, then the Chineke! Foundation needs YOU!   The Chineke!...

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Chineke! cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason reaches the category finals of the BBC’s Young Musician 2016

The Chineke! Foundation would like to congratulate cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason for reaching the category finals of the BBC’s Young Musician 2016. Sheku is sixteen and attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. He holds the ABRSM Junior Scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music, where he studies cello with Ben Davies....

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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,

Described by the Guardian as ‘the beginning of something culturally inspiring’, the Chineke! Orchestra is proud to be an associate orchestra of the Southbank Centre.

Click on each player to read about their personal experiences as a BME musician, as well as their time with the Chineke! Orchestra.

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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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