Black History Month Tour

Nevis Ensemble is back on the road for a series of performances over Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October for Black History Month, as part of the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights’ Scotland’s (CRER Scotland) programme of events for October.

We will be joined by conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren and once again by Nevis Ambassador, mezzo soprano Andrea Baker for a programme of music and performances around Glasgow and the Central Belt to celebrate Black History Month and to mark the run up of COP26 as part of The Climate Fringe

Our repertoire includes a new commission for Nevis Ensemble, These Two Black Boys, by Dominique Le Gendre, with text from poet Dean Atta, as well as works by Joseph Boulogne, Jessie Montgomery, Quinn Mason and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Andrea will also perform an aria from Shirley Graham du Bois’ opera Tom, Tom. The opera was performed only twice, in 1932 by Cleveland Stadium Opera, to over 25,000 people over two nights and to great acclaim. Since then the score had been thought lost until its rediscovery by Harvard University in 2001. This is one of the few times any of the opera’s music has been performed since the 1930s, and we imagine perhaps the first time outside of the USA.

We also have lots of Nevis favourites to get your your toes tapping, and dancing along – socially distanced of course!

As part of our Commitment to the Environment, we have produced a Green Venues Guide for every place we visit. This resource is welcome to be used by all and can be found here. The material draws from the Scottish Classical Music Green Guide, which Nevis produced alongside Scottish Ensemble as part of the Scottish Classical Sustainability Group, which has brought together over 30 orchestras, festivals and music organisations from across Scotland.


Friday 29 October 2021

9.15am | St Brigid’s Primary School | 4 Glenmore Avenue, Glasgow G42 0EH (NON PUBLIC)

9.55am | St Brigid’s Primary School | 4 Glenmore Avenue, Glasgow G42 0EH (NON PUBLIC)

11.30am | Nan McKay Memorial Hall | End of St Johns Road, Glasgow G41 5SR

2pm | The Dixon Community | 656 Cathcart Road, Glasgow G42 8AA

3.15pm | The Bowling Green Pollokshields | 49 McCulloch Street, Glasgow G41 1SU

6pm | HMP Edinburgh | 33 Stenhouse Road, Edinburgh EH11 3LN

Saturday 30 October 2021

10.30am | West Coast Alpacas | Ardgowan Estate, Greenock PA16 0DW

11.30am | Greenock pop-up

12.30pm | Oak Mall Shopping Centre – Galoshans Festival | 1A Hamilton Gate, Greenock PA15 1JW

1.30pm | Oak Mall Shopping Centre – Galoshans Festival | 1A Hamilton Gate, Greenock PA15 1JW

3.30pm | Paisley pop-up

5pm | East Pollokshields Quad | Between Leven/Darnley/Nithsdale/Kenmure, Pollokshields, Glasgow G41 5RB


Dominique Le Gendre: Two Black Boys in Paradise world premiere
Dominique Le Gendre: Blow Nelson Blow
Shirley Graham du Bois (orch. Aileen Sweeney): No Time (from ‘Tom, Tom)
Florence Price: My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord
Margaret Bonds (orch. Joey O’Neill): He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands
Joseph Boulogne: L’amant anonyme, Overture – Allegro
Quinn Mason: Immerse 
Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Novelletten – Allegro moderato
Duncan Chisholm (arr. Aileen Sweeney)A Precious Place
Duncan Chisholm (arr. Aileen Sweeney)Dizzy Blue
Diana Ross (arr. Joey O’Neill): I’m Coming Out
A-Ha arr. (Joey O’Neill)Take on Me
The Proclaimers (arr. Gordon Cree)500 Miles
Fiddler’s Bid (arr. Douwe Nauta)Da Sneck o’ da Smaalie

Anglo-Ghanian born Matthew Kofi Waldren is known for his detailed, responsive and collaborative approach to music-making. Equally at home in the concert hall, recording studio and theatre pit, he has particularly established himself in the latter. Recognised for this innate sense of theatre he has become one of the UK’s foremost opera conductors. Matthew regularly collaborates with the UK’s major opera companies, orchestras, conservatoires and singers, including the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Described as possessing a “luscious and full-bodied tone” (Das Opernglas), British-American mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker is renowned for her distinctive voice, intense artistry, and passion. Highlights of her international appearances include the  title role Carmen for Opera Australia; Serena in Porgy and Bess for the Berlin Philharmonic and Edinburgh International Festival; Götterdämmerung at BBC Proms; Herodias in Salome with the London Symphony Orchestra and collaborations with conductors including, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles and Marin Alsop.

Composer, Music Producer and co-founder/Artistic Director of StrongBack Productions, Dominique Le Gendre was born and brought up in Trinidad and Tobago. A Londoner for over 30 years, she is a former Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and has composed prolifically for  chamber music, opera, theatre, dance, drama for BBC Radio 3 and 4, independent films and  television. In 2012, with Melanie Abrahams, she co-produced and co-curated the London is the Place for me festival of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture in celebration of the country’s 50th Anniversary of independence at the Tricycle Theatre.