Askonas Holt will present the Chineke! Orchestra for the first time in September 2017 at the prestigious Ghent Festival, marking the start of an exciting new touring partnership with this ground-breaking orchestra. Under the baton of the fantastic Roderick Cox, the orchestra will perform a striking combination of pieces showcasing BME composers, alongside some great masterworks.
The orchestra’s motto ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’, resonates perfectly with Ghent Festival’s own mission for celebrating diversity, creativity and the next generation of virtuosic musicians. In this fantastic collaboration, the Festival will present one of the laureates from the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition for cello, Victor Julien-Laferrière, as the soloist for the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major.