Across six weeks, ‘Chi-chi’s Classical Champions’ will shine the spotlight on Black, Asian & ethnically diverse composers and performers – those who have enjoyed success, as well as those yet to receive recognition.
Chi-chi will champion brilliant music; tell the stories behind the works and performances, and play a varied range of recordings – all personally chosen by her – by artists from diverse backgrounds from the 16th century up to the present day.
Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, the renowned double-bass player and founder of the Chineke! Foundation, continues her new series on Clasic FM, shining the spotlight on Black, Asian and ethnically diverse composers and performers. Chi-chi shares the stories behind composers yet to receive recognition, and celebrates the careers of champions in their field, from the 16th century to the present day.
This evening Chi-chi highlights the music of George Walker, who was the first black student to graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music, and the first black pianist to perform with many major American orchestras. We hear his choral work Lilacs, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1996.
Elsewhere, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto, and a jazz-infused symphony by William Grant Still feature.
Sunday 8 November
Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, founder of the Chineke! Foundation, presents the final episode in her debut series on Clasic FM, which celebrates Black, Asian and ethnically diverse composers, musicians and conductors. Throughout the series Chi-chi has recognised the incredible work and careers of those who have perhaps not received due attention, from the 16th century to the present day.
To conclude the series Chi-chi features the music of William Grant-Still, who is often dubbed “the Dean of Afro-American Composers”. We hear the first of his four symphonies. Elsewhere, there’s music by Florence Price, and Chi-chi recaps her favourite moments of Fela Sowande’s African Suite.