On Sunday 16 July, Roderick Cox will make his London debut with the Chineke! Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Established in 2015, The Chineke! Foundation provides career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Roderick will also be returning to the Chineke! Orchestra in September 2017 for concerts in Birmingham and Ghent. For more information, visit Roderick’s website.
Roderick Cox was named Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2016, and has received much appraisal from the press since his appointment:
“Cox will be in the vanguard. He is a highly talented conductor, and his association with the Minnesota Orchestra has the potential to be a long one.”
Minnesota Star Tribune
Previous to his position at the Minnesota Orchestra, Roderick spent a year as the ensemble’s Assistant Conductor, having just served for two years as Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra.
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 the winner of the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition for Cello – Victor Julien-Laferrière as the soloist for the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major.