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2022/23 will see The African Concert Series make Wigmore Hall its London Home!

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The 2022 African Concert Series announced!

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The live concerts will take place monthly with an audience, in line with the Government’s guidelines.

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8 February 2022

5-star Review in The Independent!

The series receives five-star review in The Independent for the African Concert Series Day at Wigmore Hall. Click on the image to read the review!

29 January 2022

4-star Review in The Guardian!

First concert of the 2022 African Concert Series receives an outstanding review in the Guardian. Click on the image to read the review!

September 2021:

The African Concert Series has been awarded a grant by the Arts Council England’s Lottery Project Grants for the 2022 series launching at the October Gallery, London on 25 January 2022!

13 April 2021: Wigmore Hall announces partnership with The African Concert Series

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.

Wigmore Hall, London’s most iconic venue for chamber concerts

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.

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Colourful Radio Interviews

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 featuring distinguished host Kenneth Tharp CBE, is now available to watch on our YouTube here

PRESS & Media:

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…/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.

More News!

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

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“I love it -we’ll be back!”

“The whole concept of showing Africa in a different light through this classical perspective, through this prism which we sometimes don’t associate with, is a great idea. I love it – we’ll be back!”

Nnamdi Chukwu, Founder Odika Odi

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“So beautiful”

“So beautiful. You have brought this lovely music to the world! Thank you for your dedication to this music which should be widely known”

Marie Guillo, audience member

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Fantastic quality”

“I am grateful for the opportunities to live stream concerts I wouldn’t be able to attend otherwise”

Jennifer Lynne Larue, Musicology and Ethnomusicology Student Association at University of Georgia, USA

Watch our performances online

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.

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