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.