• 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.


Braimah Kanneh-Mason wins 2015 John McAslan Senior Violin Prize

The Chineke! Foundation is pleased to announce that violinist and Chineke! musician Braimah Kanneh-Mason is this year’s winner of the 2015 Junior Royal Academy John McAslan Senior Violin Prize. Braimah attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. He achieved Grade 8 Distinction at the age of 12 and currently studies with...

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Farewell to a legend: Dominique-René de Lerma RIP

I was so saddened to hear the news of the death of our dear friend Dominique-René de Lerma. He will be sorely missed by us all. I posted something on Facebook, and would be equally happy if you felt you would like to post it on the Africlassical site. This...

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Chineke! Orchestra in Concert

The Chineke! Orchestra burst into life on 13 September 2015 in its 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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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

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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