The Chineke! Foundation was founded by the double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, in April 2015 as Britain's first professional orchestra comprising a majority of black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians drawn from across the UK, Europe and the USA. As well as the professional Chineke! Orchestra, Chineke! Promotes its own Junior Orchestra and has a thriving Learning & Participation programme.
Chineke! ’s mission is “celebrate diversity and championing change in classical music”, and to provide a role model for young BME musicians in the UK and abroad. We are fulfilling this mission through concerts by the Chineke! Orchestra, by the creation of the Chineke! Junior Orchestra which provides rehearsal and performance opportunities for young BME musicians aged 11-18, grade 6 and above, and though a Learning & Participation Programme which takes the joy and stimulation of creative music-making into schools in the many cities where the Chineke! Orchestra performs throughout the country and beyond.
Chineke Foundation aims to:
- More BME people in England attend classical music concerts.
- Young BME people across the country in schools in every city where the Chineke! Orchestra performs are included in Learning & Participation projects.
- British orchestras appoint to their ranks a higher proportion of musicians from the BME community.
Established: April 2015
Registered Charity Number: 1165933
Board members: 7
Full time staff: 3
Part time staff: 2
Phone number: 02089466821
Address: 5 Talbot Road TW7 7HGView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website