Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra | Screening & Live Performance!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014


Dir: Claus Wischmann /Martin Baer,  DRCongo/Germany,  2010,  Subtitled, (PG)

Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven’s Ninth when a power cut strikes a few bars before the last movement – this is the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in Congo. In 15 years of existence, they have survived two putsches, immense shortages, and a war. A captivating study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of human endeavour: a symphony orchestra. A gorgeous, inspiring testimony to the healing joy of music.



The Watershed, Sunday 14th September 2014, 15:00

We are thrilled to screen this landmark documentary for a second time in partnership with Watershed. Further, in partnership with Colston Hall, we are excited to welcome the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra for a concert of orchestral and choral music in collaboration with musicians from London Southbank Centre’s resident and associate orchestras and members of Bristol Choral Society.


LIVE performance Colston Hall, Tuesday 16th September 2014, 19:30


The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra is Central Africa’s only symphony orchestra and the world’s first all black symphony orchestra. Established in the mid-1990s by their conductor and musical director Armand Diangienda, theirs is an inspirational story of creating an orchestra from scratch against great odds, and demonstrates the tremendous power of music and the joy it brings to people’s lives. All of the musicians are self-taught. At present, the orchestra numbers 60-100 and support a 100-strong choir. Some of the works to be performed include:


Berlioz   Symphonie Fantastique (movements from)
Sibelius Finlandia
Beethoven Symphony No.9 Choral Symphony (final movement)

In the traditional Congolese Repertoire:

1. Nkolo na biso ( Our Lord)
2. Eh Nziamè (My God)
3. Mvuluzi wutukidi (the savior is born)
4. Mpungia Nsuka (Last Trumpet)



SPECIAL OFFER: Show your concert ticket at the Watershed Box Office and receive £1 off your ticket for the screening or bring your cinema ticket to Colston Hall to get £1 off your concert ticket.
Buy Tickets for the film screening HERE and for the live performance HERE.



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