Chineke Foundation

Chineke! Orchestra - Tour of America, April 2020

In April 2020, the Chineke! Orchestra will be making its debut tour of America. As well as concerts in Santa Barbara, LA, San Francisco, Washington DC, Ann Arbor, Worcester MA, and Ottawa in Canada, Chineke! will be engaging with the communities with school and family projects in several cities.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1165933)

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  • The concerts that Chineke! has given throughout England and in Europe have been transformational for the players in the orchestra and inspirational for the diverse audiences who have heard them play. I am delighted to underpin their US tour by making a pledge for Chineke!'s Big Give challenge.

    — Anonymous pledge donor

  • Chineke! has changed the perception of what an orchestra can and should be. I am thrilled to be presenting them at Disney Hall, and that they will be working with community groups in LA. Our audiences and the young people with whom they work will, I am sure, be enthralled by this phenomenal ensemble

    — Simon Woods, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

  • The Chineke! Orchestra...brought the audience to its feet – marvellous music-making.

    — Robert Matthew-Walker, Classical Source


At the end of the 2nd decade of the 21st-C, the proportion of black and minority ethnic (BME) representation in orchestras worldwide falls well short of reflecting the ethnic make up of the population as a whole. In the UK 1.7% of the membership of our 14 leading professional orchestras are BME compared the overall population of 15% and as much as 50% or more in major cities. Young BME musicians have few role models to inspire them to take up a musical instrument or a consider a career in music.


Through the work of the majority BME Chineke! Orchestra and the formation of the Chineke! Junior Orchestra for young BME musicians aged 11 to 22, and our Learning & Participation Programme that has taken the joy and stimulation of creative music-making into inner city schools, Chineke! is changing the perception of who can and should play in our professional orchestras, and has also have a remarkable effect in attracting large numbers of BME people to our concerts throughout England and abroad.