World’s first ever African Concert Series was founded in London in 2019 by award-winning pianist Rebeca Omordia. 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 African traditional music.
The 2019 series featured 10 concerts of classical music by composers from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Morocco, Algeria and Sudan. The series became a place where everyone, adults and children, could learn about the African culture through its music and a place where African communities came together to celebrate their heritage, introducing classical music to the African communities through a language they understood - African Art Music. The series featured internationally established BAME musicians, role models for the younger generation. You can watch an overview of the 2019 series here https://youtu.be/eFNKdzjLc3Y
The 2020 series took place in June 2020 as Music for Lockdown, performances from around the world were live streamed on Facebook. The impact the 2020 series had on a cultural level during difficult social and racial times and its position towards the Black Lives Matter Movement brought the series to the attention of the BBC World News TV. You can watch the BBC feature and an overview of the 2020 series here https://youtu.be/fe7wTfGCkSY
The African Concert Series has been self-funded by Rebeca Omordia who, in 2019, took a personal loan of £10k to deliver the series. The pandemic has caused a very difficult environment for musicians as well as for the series to raise funding but we are committed to continue our pioneering work through live and live streamed concerts in 2021 as well as bringing the series to various schools and colleges in London. So far we have been able to raise £310 of our target through our Crowdfunding campaign.