In 2019 the award winning Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia launched the first ever African Concert Series in London, featuring monthly events of music by African classical composers. Described by the BBC World Service as “the African Art Music makes a comeback”, the programme of the series reflects the depth and diversity of African art music, the richly diverse genre of music which forms a bridge between Western classical music and traditional African music.’           

 

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BBC World Service: “African Art Music makes a comeback”

Concert dates

Thursday, 13th February 2019, 7.30pm

EKELE: Piano Music by African Composers.
Rebeca Omordia, piano

The launch event of the African Concert Series with Rebeca Omordia playing music by Joshua Uzoigwe, Ayo Bankole, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Akin Euba and Christian Onyeji

Saturday, 30th March 2019, 7.30pm

An Evening of African Art Song

Victoria Oruwari soprano, Adam Heron, piano

Programme features Nigerian folk songs as well as songs by the London based Jamaican composer Shirley Thompson OBE

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Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 7.30pm

The South African Double Bass

Leon Bosch, double bass, Rebeca Omordia, piano

Internationally renowned South African bass player, Leon Bosch with Rebeca Omordia at the piano, play music by Michael Viljoen, Peter Klatzow, David Earl and McLachlan

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Thursday, 20th June 2019, 7.30pm

The African Pianism

Piano Recital by Adam Heron

Adam Heron reached the finals of the BBC young musician of the Year in 2018. He will perform pieces by Kwabena Nketia (Ghana) and Akin Euba (Nigeria)

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Thursday, 17th July 2019, 7.30pm

String Quartets by African Composers

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

The celebrated Chineke! chamber ensemble performs Joseph Boulogne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges) – String Quartet No 3 in G minor and arrangements of songs from South Africa and Ghana

Simmy Singh, violin
Elodie Chousmer-Howelles, violin
Stephen Upshaw, viola
Desmond Neysmith, cello

Tuesday, 27th August 2019, 7.30pm

The Decus Ensemble by Richard Duebel

VENUE CHANGE: the 27th August concert with Decus Quartet will take place at St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN, 2 minutes walk from Bank Station.

String Quartets by African Composers

Decus Ensemble

Violins: Tania Passendji, Hazel Correa.
Viola: Clifton Harrison Cello: Samara Ginsberg

The highly acclaimed Decus Ensemble will perform Egba Musical Totem for String Quartet by Godwin Sadoh (Nigeria), written especially for them and Akin Euba (Nigeria) – String Quartet Bongani Ndodana-Breen (South Africa) – Apologia in Umzimvubu


CANCELLED: Thursday, 19th September 2019, 7.30pm

Uchenna Ngwe

African Art Music for Woodwind

Uchenna Ngwe (Oboe, cor anglais and oboe d’amore),

Rowland Sutherland (flute) &

Yshani Perinpanayagam (piano)

Programme to include:
J. H. K. Nketia (Ghana) -Republic Suite
Bongani Ndodana-Breen (South Africa) – Visions
Fred Onovwerosuoke (Ghana/Nigeria) – Six sketches for oboe and piano

CANCELLED Sunday, 6th October 2019, 7.30pm

Colour My Song

Art Songs and Poetry from African American, Black British and Caribbean Experience

Nadine Benjamin, soprano; Nigel Foster, piano & Michael Harper, speaker

Programme to include songs by Florence B. Price, Margaret Bonds, Nailah Nombeko,B.E.Boykin, Errollyn Wallen and Shirley Thompson

British-born lyric soprano Nadine Benjamin is a charismatic and versatile artist who is in demand on both the operatic stage and the concert platform.

Friday, 1st November 2019, 7.30pm

“Arabæsque ” Piano Music from the Arab World

Marouan Benabdallah, piano

Renowned Moroccan-Hungarian pianist Marouan Benabdallah has toured as a soloist worldwide. He has received rave reviews for his “Arabæsque: Piano Music from the Arab World” programme which explores the music of composers from North Africa and Middle East including Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Syria. Benabdallah brings “Arabesque” for the first time to the UK at the African Concert Series on 1 November! Not to be missed!

Salvador Arnita (1914-1985, Palestine)Introduction and Oriental Dance
Dia Succari (1938-2010, Syria)The night of Destiny 
Salim Dada (1975, Algeria)Two Algerian Miniatures
Zad Moultaka (1967, Lebanon) 3 Muwashahs
Nabil Benabdeljalil (1972, Morocco)Nocturne No.1
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)Africa, Fantasy op.89 (arr. M. Benabdallah)


Friday, 29th November 2019, 7.30pm

“Nigerian Odyssey” Piano Music by Nigerian Composers

Glen Inanga, piano

Nigerian-born pianist Glen Inanga has performed as a soloist on world’s most important stages. Following his graduation from Clare College, Cambridge University, where he read Engineering, Glen Inanga studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London where he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2003. In February 2004, as co-Artistic Director, he launched the first ever Cayman Arts Festival in the Cayman Islands.

Glen Inanga is a great pioneer of Nigerian classical music and has worked closely with Nigerian composers, including Prof. Akin Euba, performing at his Symposium “Composition in Africa” at Cambridge University in 2005.

Glen Inanga’s recital includes works by Nigerian composers Akin Euba, Joshua Uzoigwe, Fela Sowande and the world premiere of Ayo Bankole’s “Fugal Dance”.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 7.30pm

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Nonet in F minor

Errollyn Wallen – Nnenna

Members of the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble joined by Artistic Director Rebeca Omordia at the piano, will close the 2019 season of The African Concert Series.

Tickets £10 available on the door

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