A glimpse of tomorrow

Talk | Friday 20 September | 12.30pm | 1 hour

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Artistic & Executive Director of Chineke! talks about her passionate belief that orchestras – and music and the arts in general – need to do more to provide opportunities and break down barriers for people from diverse backgrounds. Reflecting on the vision and purpose of setting up the Chineke! Foundation which she founded in 2015, she will expand on what it means to be "championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music".

Chineke! Ensemble will perform short pop-ups during the day and an early evening concert in the Theatre - tickets for the early evening concert can be purchased £15 with a festival day pass or seperately for £25 (includes a pre concert glass of wine). See more details below.

More about Chi-chi Nwanoku

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE is a double bass player and the Founder and Artistic Director of the Chineke! Orchestra, the first professional & junior orchestras in Europe to be made up of a majority of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) musicians. She was a founder member and principal bassist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a position she held for 30 years. Chi-chi is a professor and a fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, as well as a Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. An active broadcaster herself, she was a guest of BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs in 2018 and is a Trustee and Patron of various charities including the National Youth Orchestra.

Chineke! Ensemble: A Septet

Friday 20 September

Short performances | 1.45pm | 20 minutes
These are short pop-up performances and are fringe events. They are included with admission. No booking necessary.

Full performance | 6pm | 1.5 hours
The full performance is a special event and ticketed separately from the festival day passes. Tickets can be purchased for £15 alongside a festival day ticket or separately for £25. The setlist is as follows:

  • Strauss (arr F Hasenoehrl) Till Eulenspiegel einmal andres
  • Errollyn Wallen NNENNA
  • Beethoven Septet Op 20

More about Chineke!

Founded in 2015 by musician Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Chineke!’s mission is: Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music.

The Chineke! Orchestra, the foundation’s flagship ensemble, works closely with the Chineke! Junior Orchestra (for BME players aged 11-22 years) whose alumni cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, performed a solo at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in 2018.  The Chineke! Orchestra has performed internationally, including at the BBC Proms and has recorded two albums.

The Chineke! Ensemble comprises the principal players of the Orchestra and has performed nationally, including at Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Festival and Cambridge Music Festival.

My aim is to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people. Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE

Chineke! credit Eric Richmond and Joe Swift

Banner image: Chi-chi Nwanoku credit Eric Richmond