Thursday 11 January 2024

The African Concert Series at Wigmore Hall

Created by Nigerian/Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia in 2019, the African Concert Series is returning for a sixth season in 2024. A highlight is a whole day of concerts at Wigmore Hall on 17 February 2024.

The day begins with a recital from the Seattle-based Ghanaian/American pianist William Chapman Nyaho. Piano music from Africa and the African Diaspora features music by Nigerian Joshua Uzoigwe (1946-2005), Ghanaians Fred Onovwerosuoke (born 1946) and Robert Kwami (1954-2004), Black British Samuel Coleridge Taylor (1875-1912), Jamaican Oswald Russell (1933-2012), and African Americans Hale Smith (1925-2009) and Margaret Bonds (1913-1972).

The afternoon features a programme of Spirituals performed by Leon Bosch (double bass) and Rebeca Omordia (piano) in arrangements by Leon Bosch. The evening performance features African chamber music by London-born Nigerian Tunde Jegede, performed by Tunde Jegede, kora and cello, Mohamed Gueye percussion and NOK Orchestra including Tunde Jegede's Mandé Suite, Kora Concerto, and Invocation along with his arrangements of traditional African songs.

In the early part of 2023 the African Concert Series launched a series of educational interactive events in Enfield in north London, and they will be featuring a Schools Concert on 8 February and a Family Concert on 15 February at Wigmore Hall.

The African Concert Series returns to Wigmore Hall on 20 July 2024. Full details from Wigmore Hall website.

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