• 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.


In Tune Christmas Special 2015

Selected members of the Chineke! Orchestra performed live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune Christmas special on Friday 18 December. In this star-studded special edition of the regular Radio 3 programme, Chineke! players performed works by George Onslow, Alexander Zemlinsky and George Walker. Listen to the whole programme here on...

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Andrew Clements’ Top 10 Classical Concerts of 2015

The Chineke! Foundation is delighted to have been included in Andrew Clements’ list of the Top 10 Classical Concerts of 2015. Writing in the Guardian, Clements said: ‘The sight of Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra in their inaugural concert was inspiring, and the quality of their music-making under...

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Baroness Scotland joins the Chineke! Foundation as Patron

The Chineke! Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Baroness Patricia Scotland QC as the official Patron of the Foundation. Baroness Scotland previously served as Shadow Attorney General (2010-11) and Attorney General (2007-10) in the Labour Government under Gordon Brown, when she was the first woman appointed to hold this...

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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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