The Chineke! Foundation was created in 2015 to provide outstanding career opportunities to established and up-and-coming Black, Asian 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, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians in British and European orchestras. The Foundation’s flagship ensemble, the Chineke! Orchestra, comprises exceptional musicians from across the continent brought together multiple times per year. As Europe’s first majority Asian, Black and ethnically diverse orchestra, the Chineke! Orchestra performs a mixture of standard orchestral repertoire along with the works of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse composers both past and present. The Chineke! Orchestra works closely with its sister ensemble, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra, a youth orchestra of Asian, Black and ethnically diverse players aged 11-22, with senior players acting as mentors, teachers and role models to the young musicians.
Chineke! is now a well-established player on the international classical music scene and has achieved an incredible amount in its short history. The organisation is now looking ahead to the future and the charity’s next stage of growth and is seeking an exceptional candidate to support them in this in the role of Chair. The Chair will lead the Board of Trustees and support the Executive Team in developing a new strategy that will ensure Chineke! is able to take the next step in its development as an established, sustainable and resilient organisation. Candidates will have a clear commitment to the mission, aims and ethos of the charity and will ideally bring a proven track record of leadership
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Chineke! on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference EAKAWA. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Monday 5 October 2020.