Press release by Antony Barlow, Arts Publicity

THE 2021 AFRICAN CONCERT SERIES LONDON
PATRON JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER


Following the success of the first ever African Concert series in 2019, Artistic Director, Rebeca Omordia is delighted to announce a stunning new series for 2021. The first part of this will take place in January and February next year at the Africa Centre in London SE1*, with a follow up series following straight after at The October Gallery in WC1, details of which will be announced later. The Series is funded by the Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, with Partners The Africa Centre, Fourchiefs Media and Colourful Radio that will feature interviews with the artists on their radio channel.
Announcing the new season, 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.”
Speaking yesterday, Lloyd Webber stated: “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.”
The first concert on January 29th 2021 will be a solo recital by the legendary Tunde Jegede, world-renowned virtuoso player of the West African lute-related, stringed instrument, the Kora, performing his own compositions. Rooted in dual cultural legacies, his music is steeped in both Western and African heritage. The second concert on February 12th , will feature the much acclaimed Chineke! – their Chamber Ensemble, performing works by Black composers including Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price and Errollyn Wallen. On February 19th , the series
is delighted to welcome the acclaimed American clarinetists Mariam Adam and Berginald Rash of the Madam Brash Duo, performing an Afro-Latin clarinet duet programme. Mariam Adam, hails from California where she was born to an Egyptian father and a Mexican mother, influences that have shaped her musicianship and collaborations worldwide, while Berginald Rash was first selected as a young artist by Boston University Tanglewood Institute, hailed by The Guardian as ‘an especially stylish player’. He is now a member of the
Lake Tahoe summer music Orchestral Academy. Both clarinetists perform regularly with the Chineke! Orchestra. The final concert in this group will be on February 26th entitled “Nigerian Odyssey” with the great pioneer of Nigerian classical music, Nigerian pianist Glen Inanga streamed from the Cayman Islands on the African Concert Series Facebook page.
Rebeca Omordia, is a prize-winning classical pianist, who is herself of dual nationality with a Nigerian father and Romanian mother and her wish with these concerts is to reflect the depth of African classical music. She is proud that the 2020 series, streamed online during Lockdown from all over the world, reached an international audience featured on BBC World News TV, using the opportunity to bring their own contribution to the Black Lives Matter Movement. The 2021 series follows suit, being also in the concert hall and online.
The tickets will cost £10/£5 (concessions) available to purchase via The African Concert Series website https://theafricanconcertseries.co.uk. The concerts will have a reduced socially-distanced audience, or if not streamed on-line. A selection of the concerts will be available online at a later date via The African Concerts Series Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/africanconcertseries
For further information please contact: Antony Barlow artspublicity@hotmail.com

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