The Chineke Foundation Orchestra, featuring a number of Trinity Laban students and alumni as members, gives its first ever performance at the Southbank Centre on 13 September, as part of the Africa Utopia festival.
Among the members of the orchestra are current Trinity Laban students Derryck Nasib (French horn) and Khemi Shabazz (oboe), as well as alumni Uchenna Ngwe (oboe), Jay Phelps (trumpet), Christopher Augustine (trombone), Paul Philbert (percussion) and Ruby Aspinall (harp). Their debut concert is conducted by Wayne Marshall and the programme includes Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and a work called Elegy, written in memory of Stephen Lawrence, by black British composer Philip Herbert.
The orchestra is the brainchild of Trinity Laban’s Visiting Professor of Double Bass and Baroque Bass Chi-Chi Nwanoku MBE, and is Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic classical symphony orchestra. Nwanoku has set up the Chineke! Foundation, a non-profit organisation, to provide career opportunities for young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe.
The Chineke Foundation Orchestra’s inaugural concert is at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 13 September at 5pm. Further details are available on the Southbank Centre website.