The African Concert Series London fosters education across cultures, it is a place where everyone, adults and children, can learn about the African culture through its music; it is a place that removes social barriers of taking part in classical music activities; a place that inspires musicians to explore their heritage; a place that shapes the way we see classical music; a place where African communities come together to celebrate their heritage through music and introduces classical music to African communities through a language they understand.
BBC World News TV
Founder, pianist Rebeca Omordia discusses on BBC World News TV about the impact The African Concert Series has had on a cultural level during difficult social and racial times and its position regarding the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The African Concert Series London 2020
The African Concert Series is back in 2020 with an Online Edition on Facebook from 22-29 June – one week of daily, short performances streamed from Nigeria, USA, Cayman Islands, Hungary and the UK. The series will begin with Ghanaian composer and pianist Fred Onovwerosuoke and his wife flutist Wendy Hymes playing African Art music for flute directly from St Louis USA; followed by Nigeria’s leading tenor Jo Oparamanuike, accompanied by Babatunde Sosan, the third in his family to be organist at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Lagos, who will stream from Nigeria; then comes South African virtuoso bass player Leon Bosch playing music featured on his CD The South African Double Bass; Glen Inanga streaming Nigerian piano music from the Cayman Islands; Marouan Benabdallah playing “Arabesque”, piano music from North African and the Arab world streaming from Hungary; and finally from London, Rebeca Omordia herself concluding the series, playing Nigerian music from her highly acclaimed CD EKELE.
The African Concert Series London 2019
2019 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
Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 7.30pm
Thursday, 20th June 2019, 7.30pm
Thursday, 17th July 2019, 7.30pm
String Quartets by African Composers
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
VENUE CHANGE: St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN
String Quartets by African Composers
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
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
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 available via Eventbrite