Chineke! An introduction to the orchestra

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE introduces Chineke! the orchestra she founded to encourage Black and Minority Ethnic classical musicians.

Introduction to the Chineke! Foundation


Since their first concert in Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2015, Chineke! Orchestra have continued to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music with concerts and performances across the UK and Europe. Now, one of Southbank Centre's Associate Orchestras, Chineke! continues to go from strength-to-strength, including, as Nwanoku explains, the creation of a junior orchestra for young musicians.

I pulled together sixty-two musicians for our inaugural concert, and it turned out that across those musicians thirty-one different nationalities were represented, which is incredible.
Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, founder and artistic director, Chineke!

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