Keele Concerts

Chineke! String Quartet

Chineke! String Quartet

Julian Gil Rodriguez, violin 1 & 2
Zahra Benyounes, violin 1 & 2
Jane Atkins, viola
Ashok Klouda, cello

The Chineke! Foundation was created in 2015 to provide outstanding career opportunities to established and up-and-coming Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of Black and ethnically diverse musicians in British and European orchestras. Chineke! is the brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku CBE, who has this to say about the project: ‘My aim is to create a space where Black and ethnically diverse musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one Black and ethnically diverse child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.’

Joseph Bologne String Quartet No 3 in G minor (7 mins)
Ignatius Sancho Minuet No 4 in F (3 mins)
Florence B Price Five Folksongs in Counterpoint (15 mins)
Haydn String Quartet in G Op 77 No 1 (20 mins)
George Walker Molto Adagio from String Quartet No 1 (7 mins)
Dvorak String Quartet No 12 in F Op 96 (American) (25 mins)

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Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building, Keele University
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