Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sergio Mims: Chineke Orchestra Queen Elizabeth Hall concert available on BBC Radio 3 podcast

Photo: (c) Mark Allan

Sergio A. Mims writes:

The BBC Radio 3 has the Chineke! Orchestra concert in the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre in London on a podcast for the next month.

BBC Radio 3 in Concert

Chineke! Orchestra play Britten, Beethoven, Daniel Kidane

Chineke! Orchestra's inaugural concert caused a sensation at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London's Southbank Centre. That was in 2015, just before the Hall closed for refurbishment and now Europe's first majority black and minority ethnic orchestra is back for the Queen Elizabeth Hall's re-opening. Their programme includes Beethoven's joyful Symphony No. 4, Coleridge-Taylor's Ballade for orchestra in A minor and Britten's The Building of the House Overture, the work he chose to conduct at the QEH's opening in 1967.

Chineke! Orchestra have commissioned new music for this evening by Daniel Kidane. Dream Song sets words from Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream...' speech and tonight's premiere is 50 years to the day since King's funeral in 1967.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade for orchestra in A minor, Op.33
Daniel Kidane: Dream Song (World premiere)
Britten: Overture, The Building of the House, Op.79


Sarah Walker talks to the Director of Music at the Southbank Centre, Gillian Moore, about the legacy of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, including music by Steve Reich (Different Trains) and a recording of Purcell's Celebrate this Festival from the hall's opening concert in 1967, conducted by Britten.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major Op. 60
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Chineke! Chorus 
Chineke! Orchestra 
Anthony Parnther (conductor)

Photo: (c) Mark Allan

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