The Chineke! Foundation was created in 2015 to provide outstanding career opportunities to established and up-and-coming Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of Black and ethnically diverse musicians in British and European orchestras. Chineke! is the brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku CBE, who has this to say about the project: ‘My aim is to create a space where Black and ethnically diverse musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one Black and ethnically diverse 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.’
Standard - £16
Students and 16 & under are FREE
Memberships also available if you are interested in booking multiple concerts please contact [email protected]
Are you planning on joining us for a few concerts this season? If so, you might want to consider one of the special subscription packages for brilliant savings on full ticket prices.
Although you do not need to be a member to come along to any of the Wednesday evening concerts taking place between October 2022 and March 2023, you are able to make great savings by becoming a member.
This subscription gives you entry to all 9 Wednesday evening concerts throughout the season*, this will mean only £10 per concert - a saving of over £50!
Come along to any 5 Wednesday evening concerts between October 2021 and March 2022, a saving of £20!
An amazing offer for students. Entry to all Keele Concerts Society Wednesday evening concerts is now free for all students. (Subject to presentation of student card).
Support: Become a Patron!
Patrons help the Keele Concerts Society to deliver a diverse and inspiring programme of concerts each year. Patrons also help us to continue enable students and young people to access our concerts at little or no cost, inspiring the next generation of audiences. In appreciation of your support, you will be recognised in ArtsKeele and Concerts brochures and at the Keele Concerts Society’s AGM. You and a guest will also receive an invite to the annual Patron’s Concert with complimentary drinks.
Any amount, small or large is hugely apreciated. 100% of your donation will go towards future programmes or educational/outreach project developed. Note: this will auto-fill to £20 but you can adjust this to the amount you would like to offer.
Orchestra for the Earth
Wednesday 15 March 2022 | 7pm
Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building, Keele University
Be transported to the world of breath-taking mountains, lush valleys and glittering turquoise lakes with this immersive Alpine-theme programme. Soloists from Orchestra for the Earth will play works by Mahler, Berg and Richard Strauss under epic film projections of the landscape that inspired this sensational music. The orchestra has a special relationship with the Alps, touring there every year to generate support for a new nature reserve in Austria and run outdoor musical projects with local children and musicians. The programme opens with Mahler's achingly beautiful Adagio from his unfinished Tenth Symphony, followed by Berg’s gorgeously romantic Seven Early Songs. The programme finishes with Strauss’s joyous Rosenkavalier Suite, packed full of timeless melodies and witty waltzes. Come for a chance to experience this great music up-close, in new versions for chamber ensemble that are as intimate as they are thrilling and virtuosic.
The concert will be presented as part of Keele University Green Festival. There will be a short discussion as part of this event with academics from Keele who will consider the impact of the changing alpine landscape and climate change.
Student and 16 & Under FREE
Wednesday 22 February 2023 | 7:30pm
Keele University Chapel
Stile Antico marks 400 years since the death of William Byrd by exploring the many faces of this extraordinary composer, amongst the greatest that England has ever produced. This programme weaves together the strands of Byrd’s complex life as both pillar of the Protestant musical establishment and faithful servant to the underground Catholic community. The audience encounters Byrd working loyally at the Chapel Royal, thrills to his anguished musical entreaties in support of his fellow Catholics, and savours the gentler music of his latter years.
Stile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences on four continents with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony.
William Byrd: Emendemus in Melius
‘A good egg’ – Byrd, the loyal subject
Byrd: This sweet and merry month a 6
Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
Byrd: Sing joyfully
Byrd: Nunc Dimittis from The Great Service
‘The caged bird’ – Byrd, the Catholic at court
Byrd: Vide Domine afflictionem
Byrd: Haec dies quam fecit Dominum
Byrd: Ne irascaris, Domine
‘A country nest’ – Byrd, the Essex Gentleman
Byrd: Retire my soul
Byrd: Ave verum corpus
Byrd: Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes
Byrd: Optimam partem elegit
Byrd: Factus est repente
Byrd: Agnus Dei from Mass for Four Voices
‘Under his wing’ – Byrd, the “much reverenced master”
Thomas Morley: Domine Dominus noster
Peter Philips: Ecce vicit Leo
Thomas Tomkins: Too much I once lamented
Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis
Students and 16 & Under FREE