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Black History Month at Oxford

Chineke! Championing Change and Celebrating Diversity in Classical Music

When: Wednesday 30 October 2019, 6pm (conversation and Q&A) and 7pm (concert)
Where: New College Antechapel

TORCH is delighted to host the first visit to Oxford by Chineke!

Founded in 2015 by the double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Chineke! provides career opportunities for black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians. Chineke!'s mission is ‘championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’ and it has achieved this through performances by the professional Chineke! Orchestra which comprises a majority of BME musicians, and the Chineke! Junior Orchestra for aspiring young BME players aged 11 to 22.

The musicians in the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble are all principal players of the Chineke! Orchestra and they bring a varied programme to the Oxford which, as in all their concerts, features works by BME composers alongside more familiar repertoire. The concert will be preceded by a talk and Q&A session with Chineke!'s founder and Artistic Director, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, in conversation with Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey.

Tickets: Entry to both the Q&A and the concert is free, and booking in advance is highly recommended. Please book via Eventbrite or email the TORCH team at

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Credit: Eric Richmond and Joe Swift

For students:

Liberation Library @ Wadham College

Where: Wadham College
When: Dates tbc

Students and Library staff at Wadham College have organised the purchase and display of ‘Liberation Books’ for the library. Literature ranging from ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’, to more recent work from Akala: Natives: Race and class in the ruins of empire’, will be on display in the college library.

Further information:

BAME panel discussion

Hosted by Professor Patricia Kingori, Associate Professor in Global Health Ethics at the Nuffield Department of Population Health

Where: Somerville
When: November (exact dates tbc)

Further information will be available from:

Further details of Black History Month SU-led events and content are available here:

Oxford SU Black History Month Blog:

Useful resources:

Oxford and colonialism then and now

Why teaching migration, belonging and Empire should be supported and fully funded in secondary schools

Co-authored by Jason Todd, PGCE History Tutor in the Department of Education, Oxford, the report calls on the government to support and fully fund the teaching of migration, including Empire, in secondary schools though.

Oxford and colonialism: then and now

Working Group on Oxford University and Colonialism led by Laura Van Broekhoven and Kalypso Nicolaidis.

The Working Group is currently overseeing a project, funded by the University’s Diversity Fund, which aims to bring together – specifically through a website - activities taking place at Oxford with regards to addressing the relationship between our University and colonialism and how this has affected (and continues to affect) the collegiate University’s architecture, admission and recruitment processes and curriculum throughout. In doing so, its ambition is to encourage debates around issues of colonialism in the University, and explore the boundary between past and present-day colonialism and coloniality.

Student-led initiatives:

Common Ground. For event details follow: @CommonGroundOx on twitter

Events have included a week long symposium with a discussion in the Pitt Rivers Museum on “How Oxford Benefitted from Exploitation”.

The Uncomfortable Oxford project

Run by doctoral students offering walking tours in the city. The tours cover topics of imperialism, inequality, slavery, gender history, religious diversity, violence and memorialisation.

Tour details are available here: