World-class musicians from Europe’s first majority BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) orchestra Chineke! have been performing to some of the most deprived schoolchildren in Bristol.
It is part of the Chineke! Bristol Outreach Project – a ground-breaking collaboration between the Chineke! Foundation’s Orchestra, St George’s Bristol, and the Bristol Ensemble’s ‘Preludes’ Music Project.
A string quartet of players from Chineke! Orchestra visited three schools in Easton and Knowle West – Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy, Easton CE Academy and Ilminster Avenue E-Act Academy.
All schools serve communities, which feature in ‘Bristol City Council’s Deprivation in Bristol’ map, with 21% of the general population and 25% of children in Easton who are income deprived.
A significant proportion of pupils come from parts of Bristol which are listed in the top 10% of most deprived areas nationally.
The musicians, who are Sarah Daramy-Williams (violin), Tania Passendji (violin), Wei Wei Tan (viola) and David Kadumakasa (cello), gave the performances in the schools.