• 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.
  • Upcoming Concert with the Chineke! Orchestra

    The Chineke Foundation is delighted to announce that the Chineke! Orchestra will be holding its launch concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 13th September as part of the Southbank Centre’s Africa Utopia Festival.

  • 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.


‘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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‘I want the Chineke! orchestra to be radical and to affect real systemic change’ – Sinfini Music

‘The Chineke! Orchestra and Foundation is the brainchild of renowned British double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, who co-founded the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and serves as Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music. It was Nwanoku who chose the ensemble’s name...

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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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