I’ve just received the names of the wonderful artists performing with Chineke on the opening Sunday of the Festival and what an international line up it is.
Apart from the irrepressible and superb double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, the Founder and powerhouse behind this movement to ‘champion change and celebrating diversity in classical music’, there is a wealth of music talent coming to perform the glorious Beethoven ‘Septet’. Scored for the unusual combination of clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass, with the unusually prominent role of the clarinet as important as the violin.
MARIAM ADAM Clarinet
Originally from Monterey, California, Mariam Adam is an internationally known chamber musician and soloist. She was a founding and former member of the Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet, Imani Winds. She has maintained a touring schedule of nearly two decades with performances in the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Centre, Beijing Arts Centre, Hollywood Bowl. Mariam has been performing with Chineke! Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble as principal clarinettist since 2016.
PRIYA MITCHELL Violin
I last heard Priya Mitchell (violin) as a concerto soloist at the Oxford Chamber Music Festival where she has been Artistic Director for 17 years.
“Priya Mitchell is one of the foremost violinists of her generation. It’s the intense high-profile characterisation she gives each phrase she plays, combined with qualities of colour and vividness, excitement and passion, which makes her playing so memorable.” Strad
The Chineke! Ensemble will also be performing a string sonata by the Italian composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini, whose style is characterised by ‘Rococo charm, lightness, and optimism.’ The programme includes lovely works by the noted French composer and fencer Chevalier de Saint-George the first classical composer of African ancestry, and by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, lauded in his day as the ‘African Mahler’.
Come and enjoy a programme of delightful re-discoveries, and glorious Beethoven.
Sunday 11 November Trinity Church, Mansel Road, SW19 4AA