Oct 20th Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

Oct 20th Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

Sat 20th October 2018  Tonbridge Parish Church  7.30pm

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

featuring Chi-chi Nwanoku on double bass

The brainchild of renowned bassist, educator and activist Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Chineke! is Europe’s first black and minority ethnic classical orchestra.  A sell-out debut at the South Bank and an amazing Prom in August 2017 were followed by the reopening concert of the QEH in April 2018.  Here Chi-chi brings us the debut of an exceptional new chamber group with a programme that includes Beethoven’s ever-popular Septet, a charming duet for cello and double bass by Boccherini, two beautiful movements from a rarely-performed Haydn Divertimento, a virtuoso arrangement of Strauss’s ‘Till Eulenspiegel’ and a quartet by the eighteenth century Parisian composer Joseph Boulogne

“Nwanoku’s playing is both athletic and eloquent” Gramophone


  • Joseph Boulogne: String Quartet No.3 in G minor
  • Luigi Boccherini: Sonata in G for Cello and Double Bass, G5
  • Joseph Haydn: Divertimento in C HII C5 – Adagio and Variations
  • Richard Strauss (arr. Franz Hasenoehrl): Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders! 
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, Op.20

Artist Biography:

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE is the Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the Chineke! Foundation,which supports, inspires and encourages Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians working in the UK and Europe.  She was awarded an MBE for services to Music in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours and an OBE in 2017 for her services to music.

Chi-chi’s range of musical interests has resulted in a broad career of performing and recording in a diversity of styles, from authentic Baroque through to 21stcentury and new commissions, with many of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras and ensembles. Some of her notable chamber recordingsinclude Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet (recorded three times) and the Octet, Beethoven Septet, Hummel Piano Quintet and Boccherini Sonatas. Her solo recording of Dittersdorf and Vanhal Concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Hyperion CD 67179) received critical acclaim. In 2012 Barrie Gavin directed a documentary film about Chi-chi’s career, called ‘Tales from the Bass Line’.

As a broadcaster, Chi-chi presented BBC Radio 3 Requests for four years, she guests for the TV Proms and was a Jury Member of BBC 2 TV ‘Classical Star’. She presented a two-part series for BBC Radio 4 in 2015 which brought to life the stories and music of black composers and musicians from the 18thcentury, whose vivid presence on the classical music scene have slipped through the net! Chi-chi was also the ‘mentor’ for the 2016 BBC 4 TV series ‘All Together Now, the Great Orchestra Challenge’, showcasing the amazing talent of British amateur orchestras.