Monday, 27 April 2020

Chineke! goes on-line

Chineke! Junior Orchestra at Southbank Centre’s Imagine Festival, February 2020 (credit Orlando Gili)
Chineke! Junior Orchestra at Southbank Centre’s Imagine Festival, February 2020 (credit Orlando Gili)
Chineke! Orchestra's most recent live performance was at the Southbank Centre on 23 February 2020, evidently an electrifying evening when the orchestra, conducted by Fawzi Haimor, performed Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Othello Suite, Op.79, Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with violinist Tai Murray, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Now there is a chance to re-live this as the recording has been released on-line and is available on YouTube.

Chineke! Founder, Artistic & Executive Director, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE said:

It was an electrifying evening, marking the end of a concert tour of Coventry, Ludwigshafen and London. The whole orchestra, Tai Murray and Fawzi Haimor put their hearts into this performance, and little did we know that it was to be the last time we would see each other for a while. 

We are grateful to all the healthcare staff and frontline workers who are delivering their utmost day after day during the Covid-19 crisis, and we would like to dedicate this concert to them and to all those who have lost their loved ones.


While the musicians are not able to rehearse together in person, they are developing a suite of 'at home' performances and collaborations. Before lockdown was imposed, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra performed at the London Palladium as part of the 2020 season of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, to a live audience and panel of judges, playing a medley of classical and contemporary pieces from memory, and without the aid of a conductor. As a result the ensemble is scheduled to appear in the auditions round of the series.

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