The African Concert Series [01/11/2019]

In 2019 the award winning Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia launched the first ever African Concert Series in London, featuring monthly events of music by African classical composers. Described by the BBC World Service as “the African Art Music makes a comeback”, the programme of the series reflects the depth and diversity of African art music, the richly diverse genre of music which forms a bridge between Western classical music and traditional African music.’


1 November, 7.30pm  – “Arabæsque: Piano Music from the Arab World” with Moroccan-Hungarian pianist Marouan Benabdallah

Renowned Moroccan-Hungarian pianist Marouan Benabdallah has toured as a soloist worldwide. He has received rave reviews for his “Arabæsque: Piano Music from the Arab World” programme which explores the music of composers from North Africa and Middle East including Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Syria. Benabdallah brings “Arabesque” for the first time to the UK at the African Concert Series on 1 November. Not to be missed! Click here for a preview…



29 November, 7.30pm – “Nigerian Odyssey” piano recital by Nigerian pianist Glen Inanga

Nigerian-born pianist Glen Inanga has performed as a soloist on world’s most important stages. Following his graduation from Clare College, Cambridge University, where he read Engineering, Glen Inanga studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London where he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2003. Glen Inanga is a great pioneer of Nigerian classical music and has worked closely with Nigerian composers, including Prof. Akin Euba, performing at the “Composition in Africa” symposiums in Cambridge. Glen Inanga’s recital at The African Concert Series includes works by Nigerian composers Akin Euba, Joshua Uzoigwe, Fela Sowande and the world premiere of Ayo Bankole’s “Fugal Dance”.



5 December, 7.30pm – Chineke! Chamber Ensemble 

The celebrated Chineke! Ensemble joined by Artistic Director Rebeca Omordia at the piano, will close the 2019 season of The African Concert Series with a thrilling performance of music by Black British Composers including NNENNA by Errollyn Wallen and Nonet by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.



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Designing An Africa Centre for the 21st Century

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

What thoughts and sensibilities underpin a pan-African design vision? Join Africa Centre Director, Kenneth Tharp and architect Jonathan Hagos, Director of FREEHAUS as they discuss the challenges and opportunities in developing a landmark building in Southwark.