Thursday 28 January 2021

The African Concert Series returns

The African Concert Series 2021
Following the success of her first African Concert Series in 2019, pianist Rebeca Omordia is presenting a second series, beginning with four concerts streamed from the Africa Centre, and further concerts to come. Julian Lloyd Webber, whose initial encouragement to Omordia when they were duo partners sparked the idea for the series, has become the series patron.

The series is kicked off on Friday 29 January 2021 by legendary kora player, Tunde Jegede (the kora is a West African lute-related, stringed instrument), who will be playing his own compositions. 

The second concert, on 21 February is String Duos featuring Chineke! String duo (Sarah Daramy-Williams, violin and Natalia Senior-Brown, viola) plus Julian Gil Rodriguez and Alix Lagasse on violins in African traditional songs arranged by African composers. Nigerian Odyssey on 26 February features Nigerian pianist Glen Inanga streamed from the Cayman Islands, and the final concert in this group on 28 February has the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble performing works by Black composers, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, Errollyn Wallen, Ignatius Sancho, Matthew Evan Taylor, Joseph Boulogne and Valerie Coleman.

There will be further concerts in March at the October Gallery.

Full details from the African Concert Series website.

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