The African Concert Series London fosters education across cultures, it is a place where everyone, adults and children, can learn about the African culture through its music.
The work that we do has highlighted a neglected group of composers and performing artists that genuinely represent the diversity of our community, who seem to be airbrushed out of our canon of classical music.
The African Concert Series is a place that inspires the younger generation to explore their heritage; a place that shapes the way we see classical music.
In 2019 the award winning Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia launched the world’s first ever African Concert Series in London, featuring ten monthly concerts at the October Gallery in London. Described by the BBC World Service as “the African Art Music makes a comeback”, the programme of the series reflects the depth and diversity of African art music, the richly diverse genre of music which forms a bridge between Western classical music and traditional African music.
“African Art Music makes a comeback” BBC World Service
The Curator’s Vision:
The African Concert Series in the Concert Hall 2019
Pianist Rebeca Omordia gives an insight into her role as a curator of the series:
“Africa is very colourful, quality which I have tried to emphasise in the programmes of The African Concert Series, through individually themed concerts: “Nigerian Odyssey”, “The South African Double Bass”, “African Art Song”, “String Quartets by African Composers”, “Arabesque: Piano music from the Arab world”, and many more. Our artists are internationally established musicians, pioneers of their own land”.
“Music for Lockdown 2020”
The African Concert Series returns in 2020 with an Online Edition on Facebook with performances streamed from Nigeria, USA, Cayman Islands, Hungary and the UK.
Patron Julian Lloyd Webber
“I am delighted to become a Patron of the wonderful African Concert Series. It’s a great initiative, which deserves to go from strength to strength and I look forward to hearing more fantastic music and performances.”
Julian Lloyd Webber, December 2020
When announcing the series, Omordia said “The idea originated from the encouragement of Julian Lloyd Webber, when we were duo partners a number of years ago. So I am thrilled that he has agreed to become our patron.”