THE AFRICAN CONCERT SERIES LONDON

“Nigerian Odyssey” with Glen Inanga
“The South African Double Bass” with Leon Bosch
Our Mission

The African Concert Series London is a platform for the music of hundreds of African classical composers.

The African Concert Series fosters education across cultures, it is a place where everyone, adults and children, can learn about the African culture through its 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.

The 2021 African Concert Series, live streamed from The Africa Centre London & October Gallery, London

Our History

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

EKELE: Piano Music by African Composers, Rebeca Omordia

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”.

String Quartets by African Composers with Decus Ensemble
“Arabesque: Piano Music from the Arab World” with Marouan Benabdallah
Chineke! Chamber Ensemble and composer Errollyn Wallen
“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.

Flutist Wendy Hymes & composer Fred Onovwerosuoke, streaming from the United States of America
Leon Bosch on double bass, streaming from the UK
Tenor Jo Oparamanuike & Tunde Sosan, organ, streaming from Nigeria

Patron Julian Lloyd Webber

Patron, world renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and pianist Rebeca Omordia, founder of The African Concert Series

“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

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The African Concert Series gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England, Wigmore Hall, The Africa Centre London, Colourful Radio and Fourchiefs Media Productions.