Keynote Speech on Diversity by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE is the Founder of Chineke!, an orchestra dedicated to re-balance the classical music world. It is the UK’s first majority black and minority ethnic (BME) orchestra. Two years after it was founded, the orchestra debuted at the BBC Proms. The Guardian wrote that it was 'arguably one of the most important concerts that the Proms have ever hosted.' But why is it so important that Chineke! exists? It is a fact that most major orchestras in Europe are dominated by white, male musicians; it can be hard at times for BME community members to even imagine themselves being part orchestras and often feel discouraged to apply. Chineke! exists to change this. In her TED Talk, Chi-chi says classical music does not discriminate: ‘We are all born musicians. Every one of us has a heartbeat and that heartbeat is a rhythm that connects us!’

Find out more about the change Chi-chi is leading in the classical music world at her keynote speech on 06.12.2019 12 pm at the Arnold Schönbergzaal.

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Photo by: Eric Richmond



Fri 6 December 2019 12.00 - 13:00


Arnold Schönbergzaal, KC

Entrance fee