Discover the story of the Black composer, virtuoso violinist and friend of Mozart and Marie Antoinette known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, in this Bill Barclay production with star violinist Braimah Kanneh-Mason.

How does the "most accomplished man in Europe" (John Adams, 1779) get forgotten by history?

Immerse yourself in the fascinating story of 18th-century France's most interesting man, in this unique piece of concert theatre.

Four costumed actors are joined by conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren, the exciting rising star violinist Braimah Kanneh-Mason, and the LPO and friends, to tell the fascinating story of Joseph Bologne, more commonly known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Alongside his incredible musical talents, The Chevalier was an acclaimed fencer, a general of Europe's first Black regiment and an active campaigner for the abolishment of slavery. Almost forgotten in history, his story is bursting to be told.

This presentation of Bologne's finest music is interspersed with dramatic and comedic dialogue reflecting on the true nature of equality.

Featuring the music and story of Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Bill Barclay writer and director
Matthew Kofi Waldren conductor
Braimah Kanneh-Mason violin

Chukwudi Iwuji Joseph Bologne
Merrit Janson Marie Antionette
David Joseph W A Mozart
Bill Barclay Choderlos de Laclos

With thanks to Victoria Robey OBE for her generous support.


About The Chevalier
Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Chevalier premiered at Tanglewood in 2019. A Finalist for The National Playwright’s Conference, it tours the US and UK to raise money for the Sphinx National Alliance of Audition Support, which aims to address the lack of racial representation in orchestras in North America.

Bill Barclay
Director, writer and actor Bill Barclay is the artistic director of Concert Theatre Works. Barclay’s work as writer, composer, director and producer ranges from Broadway and The Hollywood Bowl to Buckingham Palace and the Olympic Torch. He was director of music at Shakespeare’s Globe from 2012-2019.

Chukwudi Iwuji
Playing the titular role of the Chevalier, Chukwudi Iwuji is a is a Nigerian-British actor and an Associate Artist for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He attended Yale University to study economics where he joined the drama society, and was subsequently offered a scholarship to study acting in Wisconsin before returning to the United Kingdom. He has since had various roles in theatre, film and television, such as Zander in BBC's "The Split" and he is set to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.


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