The Chineke! Orchestra is Europe’s first majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra. Founded by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Chineke! champions change and celebrates diversity in classical music. The Chineke! Orchestra made its critically acclaimed debut at the Southbank Centre in September 2015, and became an Associate Orchestra at the arts centre in September 2016. Alongside traditional orchestral repertoire, the Chineke! Orchestra enables audiences to discover work by Black and ethnically diverse composers. Since its founding, it has commissioned and performed at least 10 new works from Black and ethnically diverse composers. The Chineke! Orchestra works closely with its sister ensemble, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra, with senior players acting as mentors, teachers and role models to the young musicians. In its brief and pioneering existence, Chineke! has performed at the Proms, premiered works by Black and ethnically diverse composers, helped to launch stellar careers, including that of Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s first ever ‘Game Changer’ Award in 2019. HarrisonParrott work with Chineke! in Australasia.