St George’s Day Concert
Joseph Boulogne (Chevalier de Saint George) Overture, L’Amant anonyme
Haydn Cello Concerto in C
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Mozart Symphony No 29 in A
Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello
Jonathon Heyward conductor
Its London debut concerts were sell outs with audiences and journalists falling over themselves to applaud the enormous energy and commitment of their performances – welcome to Chineke!, founded by double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, an orchestra championing change and Europe’s first professional orchestra made up entirely of black and minority ethnic musicians.
We wanted something special and culturally exciting to celebrate St George’s Day and we have it in this exhilarating concert. Not only does it mark the orchestra’s Bristol debut but it sees it joined by a new classical music star in the making, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Already making colossal waves since winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, he brings his virtuoso flair and fresh approach to the Haydn Cello Concerto in C.
The rest of the programme combines Mozart, Elgar and a sparkling overture by the Guadeloupian-French composer Joseph Boulogne. Acclaimed in 18th century Paris as ‘the most accomplished man in Europe’, Boulogne was a spectacularly gifted violinist, fencer and composer of music of such greatness that he became known as the Black Mozart.
‘Chineke! could deepen and enrich classical music in the UK for generations.’ SIR SIMON RATTLE
‘A splendid, pure and focused sound and a genuine, smiling stage presence, the 17-year-old cellist is going places …’ JESSICA DUCHEN, THE INDEPENDENT