THE 2021 AFRICAN CONCERT SERIES LONDON


Venue: The Africa Centre London*

66 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0BL

*The performances will be streamed from the concert hall on The African Concert Series Facebook and YouTube channels.

Friday, 29 January, 7.30pm

Tunde Jegede, Kora

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.

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Sunday, 29 February, 7.30pm

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

The much acclaimed Chineke! Chamber Ensemble performs a stunning programme of works by Black composers Errollyn Wallen, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence B Price, Ignatius Sancho, Matthew Evan Taylor, Joseph Boulogne and Valerie Coleman.

The Chineke Foundation, established by Chi-Chi Nwanoku in 2015 are Europe’s first majority Black, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians and in 2019 they won the first ever Royal Philharmonic Gamechanger Award.


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Friday, 26 February, 7.30pm

Nigerian Odyssey”, Glen Inanga, piano

Piano Music by Nigerian composers

“Nigerian Odyssey”, with the great pioneer of Nigerian classical music and founder of the Cayman Arts Festival, Nigerian pianist Glen Inanga, will be streamed from the Cayman Islands

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Sunday, 21 February, 7.30pm

African Duets


African Duets
, music by African composers and strings arrangements of African traditional songs featuring Chineke! string duo with Sarah Daramy-Williams (violin) and Natalia Senior-Brown (viola) and Julian Gil Rodriguez (violin) & Alix Lagasse (violin)

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Venue: October Gallery, London

24 Old Gloucester St, Holborn, London WC1N 3AL

Monday, 8 March, 7.30pm

African Art Song

Francesca Chiejina soprano, Adam Heron, piano

For the International Women’s Day, rising star soprano Francesca Chiejina and pianist Adam Heron have prepared a song recital of music by African composers. The programme also features songs by acclaimed composer Shirley Thompson.


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Friday, 19 March, 7.30pm

“Arabesque: Piano Music from the Arab World”, Marouan Benabdallah, piano

Pianist Marouan Benabdallah is one of the foremost representatives of his native Morocco on the international stage. For years he has been developing repertoire that goes beyond the canonic works of the literature and he has performed to great acclaim music from North Africa.

Benabdallah will perform some of the remarkable finds from his explorations, with music by composers from Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco.

 
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Friday, 26 March, 7.30pm

Ubuntu Ensemble

The Ubuntu Ensemble, that features South African double bass virtuoso Leon Bosch, takes its name from a South African philosophy that believes we do not find our humanity in isolation but through our connection to others – a sentiment that might easily apply to chamber music. The musicians of the ensemble, all of whom were born in South Africa, play a prominent part in the musical life of the UK where they are now all based.

The programme will include works by Grant McLachlan, David Earl and Peter Klatzow


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Tuesday, 2 April, 7.30pm

Rebeca Omordia & The African Concert Series Chamber Ensemble

The last concert of the series features founder, pianist Rebeca Omordia that will perform a selection of world-premiere piano pieces by African composers and Fela Sowande’s African Suite arranged for piano quintet especially for this occassion by Robert Matthew-Walker


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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.

The Series partners include The Africa Centre London, Fourchiefs Media and
Colourful Radio that will feature interviews with the artists on their radio channel.

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