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Chineke! Chamber Ensemble with William Barton
August 12, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:15 pm
First a proactive foundation, then an orchestra, and now a movement, Chineke!, whose name translates as spirit of creation, has captivated the popular imagination. Showcasing the orchestra’s finest musicians, the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble brings together five brilliant but intimate works by Black and Indigenous musicians, from William Grant Still’s celebration of African American experience to the blues energy of young US composer Valerie Coleman.
The Chineke! musicians give premieres of two brilliant new works by Australian Aboriginal composers. Deborah Cheetham weaves together threads of imagery and history in her tapestry-inspired Ngarrgooroon, while Australian didgeridooist William Barton draws on his virtuosity as a didgeridoo player in his The Rising of Mother Country.
Founded in 2015, the Chineke! Foundation provides opportunities for established and emerging Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians. Its aims are to celebrate diversity, and to champion change. Since 2015, the Chineke! Orchestra has taken the musical world by storm, with its exhilarating energy, its infectious enthusiasm, and its gathering of exceptional musicians from across the UK and Europe.