Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745 – 1799), was one of the most celebrated composers and violinists of his time, and yet his works are seldom performed and recorded today. The Sistema England Young Leaders learned and performed the Allegro of Saint-Georges’ Symphony No. 2 earlier this summer. As part of Black History Month this October, we launched the Go Saint-Georges Challenge, and are encouraging youth orchestras everywhere to perform this piece, or other works by Saint-Georges. How can you get involved?
1. Download and perform. Get the score and parts for the Allegro (see below) and perform it with your orchestra (there are no copyright or performance fees due).
2. Share the music. Do you know an orchestra that would love this piece? Share this link with them.
3. Share this story. Share this page on Facebook, Twitter and other social media with the tags #GoSaintGeorges and @SistemaEngland. To be part of a bigger conversation you could also tag @SphinxMusic and @Chineke4Change among the key orchestra change makers globally.
4. Find out more. Organisations like Chineke! Foundation, Sphinx Organization and London Music Masters are notable champions of diversity in classical music. Look them up. You may also be interested to explore:
In Search of the Black Mozart (BBC Radio 4)
Ten black composers whose works deserve to be heard more often (The Guardian)
Black Composers Discuss the Role of Race (The New York Times)
Have you already performed the Allegro or another work by Saint-Georges? Tell us about it or post it on social media and tag us so we can share with our followers!