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The 2022 African Concert Series announced!
The live concerts will take place monthly with an audience, in line with the Government’s guidelines.
The African Concert Series has been awarded a grant by the Arts Council England’s Lottery Project Grants for the 2022 series!
Stay tuned as we prepare to launch, in the next couple of months, the next African Concert Series starting in January 2022!
In the year of the Wigmore Hall’s 120th anniversary, Artistic Director, John Gilhooly has announced that the African Concert Series, spearheaded by the Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia will be joining the Wigmore Hall’s family of partners for a day of concerts on 5 February 2022. This is an enormous tribute to Rebeca, whose inspiring leadership over the last three years, has brought together brilliant talents from the wide diaspora of African art music, which forms a bridge between Western classical music and traditional African music.
The Guardian, 31 March 2021
“Certainly Omordia’s discovery of these untapped musical riches has already invigorated the classical repertoire and the impetus behind the African Concert Series has unleashed a wave of creative thinking among Africa’s classical musicians”.
Patron, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber writes in The Guardian about the pioneering work of The African Concert Series.
Read full article here
Media Partner, Colourful Radio, has been an active supporter of The African Concert Series, featuring interviews of the artists on their radio channel. A selection of the 2021 interviews with internationally renowned African musicians interviewed by VIP Guest host Kenneth Tharp is now available to watch on YouTube here
6 April 2021: Review of the last concert of the 2021 series in Africlassical blogspot
“In the soundest tradition of inherited culture, that can never be allowed to disappear, Ms Omordia brought the music of Ayodele Bankole, quite literally, back to life”. Clive Rubin, South Africa
Read full review here https://africlassical.blogspot.com/…/rebeca-
2 April 2021: Segun Fajemisin writes
“The African Concert Series has positioned itself firmly in the vanguard of highlighting the important contributions of Africans in art music”
Segun Fajemisin, journalist and publisher, writes about the pioneering work of The African Concert Series. Read full article here
12 January 2021: BBC Radio 3
Sean Rafferty interviews founder, Rebeca Omordia and Patron, Julian Lloyd Webber on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune ahead of the start of the 2021 African Concert Series. You can listen to the interview here
The 2021 African Concert Series
Following the success of the first ever African Concert Series in 2019 and the “Music for Lockdown” series in 2020, Artistic Director, Rebeca Omordia is delighted to announce a stunning new series for 2021, streamed from the Africa Centre and The October Gallery in London.
The 2021 African Concert Series is possible through the generosity of the Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants. The 2021 season will also include an educational programme in London schools.
22 December 2020: Patron Julian Lloyd Webber
World renonwed British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber becomes Patron of The African Series London. Read more here
14 July 2020: REVIEW by Malcolm Kyeyune in the Cross-Eyed Pianist
“Through exposure to classical music as African Art Music, more BAME people are more likely to listen to Western classical music, thus creating a more diverse audience.” Read full review here
16 June 2020: BBC Radio 3’s In Tune
Artistic Director, Rebeca Omordia introduces The 2020 African Concert Series with performances by Marouan Benabdallah and Rebeca Omordia. You can catch up here
BBC World News
The 2020 African Concert Series was featured on BBC World News TV. Watch full feature here
Finding Our Roots
Rebeca Omordia writes a guest post on Jessica Duchen’s blog on the mission of the 2019 “Music for Lockdown” African Concert Series. Read full article here
“I love it -we’ll be back!”
Nnamdi Chukwu, Founder Odika Odi
Marie Guillo, audience member
Jennifer Lynne Larue, Musicology and Ethnomusicology Student Association at University of Georgia, USA
Excerpts from our favourite African pieces!
The African Concert Series gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England, Wigmore Hall, The Africa Centre London, Colourful Radio and Fourchiefs Media Productions.