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Chineke! with Evelyn Glennie

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Odaline de la Martinez  Conductor
Chi- chi Nwanoku  Double Bass
Dame Evelyn Glennie  Percussion

Dvořák Serenade for Strings
Jill Jarman Across the Divide Concert piece for double bass and percussion
James B Wilson Free-man
Fela Sowande African Suite

Join Chineke! Orchestra and irrepressible Cuban-born conductor Odaline de la Martinez as they perform a dynamic new commission, written by Jill Jarman for Dame Evelyn Glennie and Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE. The essence of this concerto for double bass and percussion is communication, how we convey meaning without words, bringing the ‘background instruments’ of the orchestra to the fore.

It was inspired by Nwanoku’s story of how, as a child staying with her family in Nigeria, she would sometimes wake in the night to the sound of distant drumming – the traditional means of relaying messages between villages – to herald a birth, celebrate an event and to warn of danger.

Chineke! and St George’s Bristol commissioned James B Wilson to write the work Free-man to commemorate the actions of Dr Paul Stephenson and others, who campaigned to end racial discrimination during the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycotts.

The programme includes the jubilant African Suite by Fela Sowande, one of the foremost proponents of modern Nigerian art music, as well as Dvorák’s enduring Serenade for Strings, one of the composer’s most popular works.

Pre-event Food & Drink

Enjoy delicious drinks and light bites from our Café Bar ahead of the event.

Available to pre-order when booking your tickets, you can choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival, accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all Vegetarian). Just select which option – for one or two people – you would like, before checkout.

Your pre-ordered food and drink will be available to collect from the Café Bar from 60 minutes before the event. It’s the perfect way to begin your event experience at St George’s!