Chineke! Orchestra
Adam Heron piano
Jonathon Heyward conductor

Chevalier de Saint-Georges Overture from L’Amant anonyme (10’)
Mozart Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat K 271 ‘Jeunehomme’ (25’)
James Wilson new work (premiere) (12’)
Mozart Symphony No 29 in A, K 201 (21’)

Chineke! Orchestra is less than two years old, but its impact as a catalyst for change has already been immense. The brainchild of double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, the orchestra’s mission is to ‘to create a space where Black and Minority Ethnic musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong’.

This programme features Mozart alongside ‘The Black Mozart’, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges – champion fencer, virtuoso violinist, composer and man-about-town in late 18th century Paris. There is a new work from London-based composer James Wilson, participant in the 2015 Cheltenham Composer Academy. And the soloist in Mozart’s K 271 piano concerto is the hugely talented Cheltenham pianist Adam Heron – 2016’s Gloucestershire Young Musician.

Supported by The Steel Charitable Trust

Class, Race and Classical Music

8 – 8.45pm
Pittville Pump Room
Free, no ticket required

Join us for a pre-concert talk about tonight’s performance.

In collaboration with London Music Masters, we present this post-performance discussion on a subject which Chineke! Orchestra’s existence courageously aims to address. The panel will include composer Hannah Kendall, conductor Jonathon Heyward and BBC Radio 3 editor Edwina Wolstencroft.

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Pittville Pump Room

Pittville Pump Room is an elegant Grade 1 listed Regency building and perhaps the most famous example of Regency architecture in Cheltenham. Standing in regal splendour at one end of Pittville Park, the Pump Room is a monument to more than 100 years of fame that Cheltenham enjoyed as a Spa town.

The Festival’s morning recitals at the Pump Room are its continuing glory

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