Shaldon Festival Outreach 2021

We are tremendously excited to be welcoming Chineke! Ensemble to open this year’s Festival season on Thursday 24 June.  Chineke! is currently one of the most exciting and ‘talked about’ orchestras in the UK.  It was founded in 2015 by the double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE to provide career opportunities for young Black, Asian and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe.  Chineke!’s mission is ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’.  Chineke! Proms debut was in 2017 and they returned to the Royal Albert Hall in August 2019 for the CBeebies Proms in a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings.

Chineke! will be holding a workshop for the Year 6 pupils at Shaldon School, headed up by Chi-chi Nwanoku and four other musicians.  It will include an introduction by each of the players to their instruments and how they became a professional musician.  They will introduce and perform some of the music to be played at the evening’s concert, including movements from Schubert’s popular Trout Quintet and a Folksong by the black American composer Florence B Price.  The children will be able to ask questions and possibly even ‘conduct’ the ensemble.

This workshop, conducted in their own school, the unique nature of the Chineke! Ensemble and the choice of composers, we believe will provide special perspectives and stimuli for the children’s imagination and ambitions.  A wonderful opportunity!