Kora Concerto

The Kora Concerto was written during my time living in Nigeria. It is in three movements and is influenced by various musical traditions of West Africa as well as Rodrigo's celebrated guitar concerto. It loosely follows the structure of that concerto with a medium-tempo first movement, slow second movement and lively up-tempo finale. Somehow in this kora concerto I wanted to capture the musical worlds of West Africa and particularly the Kora whilst remaining true to the classical tradition in much the same way as Rodrigo was able to do with the Spanish folk influences in his concerto.

It is a fine balance to maintain integrity in two traditions at once and I hope this piece has managed to do this successfully. Creating a kora concerto that can also be played by a traditional kora player is something that I have wanted to do for many years.

Tunde Jegede - kora soloist
Renu - tabla & congas
Conrad Marshall - flute
Rachael Clegg - oboe
Dov Goldberg - clarinet
Sarah Nixon - bassoon
Andrew Budden - french horn
Tracey Redfern - trumpet
Gemma Beeson - piano
Tim Williams - percussion
Benedict Holland - violin
Simon Gilks - violin
Rose Redgrave - viola
Jennifer Langridge - cello
James Manson - double bass