Journey to the Proms

Chineke! Orchestra's debut performance at the 2017 BBC Proms

About the BBC Proms

The BBC Proms, formally named the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, was founded in 1895. 
Based in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, it is an annual eight-week summer programme of daily classical music concerts and is often cited as the world's greatest classical music festival. 

Rehearsing at the Proms (2017)Chineke!

Inside the Royal Albert Hall

Chineke! in rehearsal at the Royal Albert Hall before their debut on 30 August 2017. 
Founded only 2 years before, Chineke! became the youngest ever orchestra to perform at the Proms. 

Backstage at the Proms (2017)Chineke!

First violin section

Chineke! violinists Aischa Gündisch and Braimah Kanneh-Mason pose for a photo

Prom 62: Chineke! Orchestra

Watch Chineke!’s performance of Dvořák’s Rondo in G minor with Sheku Kanneh-Mason. 
Sheku was the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year and an original member of Chineke! Orchestra.

Prom 62: George Walker, Lyric for Strings

Continuing their tradition of championing works by Black, Asian and ethnically diverse composers, Chineke! also performed George Walker's Lyric for Strings. 
US composer George Walker was the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Prom 62: Chineke! and Jeanine De Bique

Chineke! were also joined by Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique for a performance of Rejoice Greatly from Handel's Messiah.  

Backstage at the Proms (2017)Chineke!

Chineke! received this award for being the youngest ever orchestra to perform at the BBC Proms. 

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