Joseph Bologne: Black Mozart in the White Wig


What : Special Events

When : Friday 9 September, 18.30 – 21.00

Where :  Seminar Room 3

SPECIAL EVENT: Chevalier de Saint-Georges, aka Joseph Bologne (1745 – 1799), was a champion fencer and virtuoso violinist and composer. Bologne was an acquaintance of the composer Mozart, and close friend and music companion of Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI. Born in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, Bologne was the son a wealthy planter and Nanon an enslaved African woman. During the French Revolution he was colonel of the Légion St. – Georges, the first all-black regiment in Europe.

Through music, poetry and exposé explore Bologne’s life with an introduction by Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, principal double bass, and a founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a historian’s overview of the life of Bologne, music by members of the Chineke! Foundation, and a performance by poet Adisa, The Verbalizer.

Friday 9 September, 18.30 – 21.00

£5, no concessions

In celebration of the opening of the new Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries