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St. Matthew's C of E Primary School Workshop with Chineke! Orchestra

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Music is a huge part of what we do at St. Matthews.


After a luxurious summer holiday of long days outside in the scorching sun, pupils across the city have now gone back to school. On Monday 11 September, the young people at St. Matthew's C of E Primary School arrived back to the sound of strings thanks to Chineke!  

Chineke! - fresh from their fantastic performance last week at the BBC Proms - will be at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Saturday 16 September, featuring Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade for Orchestra, Elgar’s Enigma Variations as well as a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto by Tai Murray.

In the run up to their concert they have been performing in the assemblies of Birmingham schools with a high proportion of black and minority ethnic children, showing them that classical music can very much be for them. The Orchestra’s founder, Chi-Chi Nwanoku OBE explained: ‘If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.’  

St Matthew's, Nechells, is a community of learners; planning, pursuing and providing excellence and enjoyment through Christian values. Children are valued for their individuality and heritage and are supported and motivated to fulfil their potential, to meet the challenges of a changing society.


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Children are valued for their individuality and heritage and are supported and motivated to fulfil their potential


Headteacher Paulette Osborne MBE said: “Music is a huge part of what we do at St. Matthews. The government provides pupil premium funding so that enables us to offer both the violin and the flute for children as well as run a choir. For the children, they’re used to going to the Symphony Hall and listening to classical music - and of course they have their lessons on a weekly basis - but very rarely do they actually have professional musicians in the building that actually look like them.”

 The aims of the Chineke! Foundation and Orchestra are certainly ambitious, and in words of Sir Simon Rattle‘Chineke! is not only an exciting idea but a profoundly necessary one. The kind of idea which is so obvious that you wonder why it is not already in place. The kind of idea which could deepen and enrich classical music in the UK for generations. What a thrilling prospect!’

Chineke! make their Birmingham debut on Saturday 16 September at Symphony Hall - to find out more and buy your tickets, click here. There is a pre-concert conversation, signed by a British Sign Language Interpreter, at 6:15pm with Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Founder & Artistic Director of Chineke!


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