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The 2022 African Concert Series

Launching on 25 January 2022, the series will run monthly with an audience, in line with the Government’s guidelines, at October Gallery, London WC1N and The Africa Centre London SE1. Read Press Release here

Tickets £5 /£10/ FREE to under 18s + 1 accompanying adult via Eventbrite

NONCLASSICAL & The African Concert Series

2 Day Festival:

Tuesday, 3 May 2022
Venue:
IKLECKTIK ART CLUB Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Ln, London SE1 7LG

Tunde Jegede (kora), Rebeca Omordia (piano), Ibukun Sunday (electronics), DJ-sets by Nonclassical artists

Sunday,8 May, 3pm

Venue: The Africa Centre, London SE1 0BL

Bex Burch (Gyil), Krar Collective , DJ-sets by Nonclassical artists


The African Concert Series will partner Gabriel Prokofiev’s new independent British record label ‘Nonclassical’ for two events featuring performances and discussions. The aim of this collaboration is to challenge the “Classical Music” concept from a European and African perspective.

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Thursday, 12 May 2022, 7.30pm
Venue: The Africa Centre, London SE1 0BL

African Art Music for Strings from Mali, South Africa & Nigeria | Ubuntu Ensemble
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Saturday, 4 June 2022, 11:30AM
Venue: The Africa Centre, London SE1 0BL

Young People’s African Concert
Rebeca Omordia (keyboard/presenter), Julian Rodriguez (violin), Moussa Dembele (kora/balafon). Featuring performances by Piano Maestros students

Music by African composers accompanied by African storytelling

FREE Entry but booking in advance is required due to limited seating.

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Thursday, 7 July 2022, 7:00PM
Venue:
St. Olave’s Church, Hart Street, London (Tower Hill) EC3R
Chamber Music by African-American Composers

Programme:
Lawrence Brown – Five Negro Folk Songs (1924) arranged for double bass & piano

Florence Price – Piano Quintet in A minor (1936)

Leon Bosch – double bass
Rebeca Omordia – piano
Julian Rodriguez – violin
Alix Lagasse – violin
Bridget Carey – viola
Joseph Spooner – cello

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Events Archive


14 – 19 October 2021

Black History Month

The African Concert Series will take part in a series of events during October 2021 celebrating UK’s Black History Month:

14 October, 1pm: Lunchtime concert at St.Olave’s, Hart St., Tower Hill, London EC3R 7NB, premiering works by African composers for piano solo & chamber ensemble; free entry!

19 October, 6.30pm: Oxford Brookes University – panneled dscussion hosted by Professor Marius Turdă featuring Artistic Director, pianist Rebeca Omordia & double bass virtuoso, Leon Bosch. Register here for the Webinar https://brookes.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_msrxUEKXTDauINIcQTPgFg


21 June, 5 July 2021

Educational Workshops

The African Concert Series will work with The Africa Centre on two educational workshops for London schools to be delivered online, featuring kora player Kadialyi Kouyate and two time Grammy -award winner percussionist Lekan Babalola.

Watch a short clip here


22 June 2021, 7.30PM, Online

J.H.Kwabena Nketia Centenary

The African Concert Series will host the inaugural concert of the 2021 “J.H.Kwabena Nketia Centenary Commemoration” launched by our partner the Intercultural Music Initiative, celebrating the work of one of the greatest West African composers, J.H.Kwabena Nketia, prominent figure of the School of African Art Music.

The concert will be streamed for free on the African Concert Series Facebook/Youtube pages.


29 January – 2 April 2021

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 featuring eight concerts, streamed from the Africa Centre and The October Gallery in London.

The concert will be streamed for free on the African Concert Series Facebook/Youtube pages.


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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