Samantha Ege

and Castle of Our Skins

Thursday 23 May 2024

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An evening of boundary-defying spiritual storytelling that will leave you with a sense of fortitude and hope.

Castle of Our Skins is a Boston-based group that celebrates Black artistry through music, shining a light on both lesser-known and famous figures from the past and present. 

For its anticipated Leeds debut, the quartet is joined by sought-after pianist and musicologist, Samantha Ege, to showcase piano trios and quintets by three Black composers from Africa and the diaspora.  

Powerful compositions by Undine Smith Moore and Bongani Ndodana Breen respond to the distressing history of apartheid, a system of institutionalised racial segregation that existed in South Africa and Namibia between the 1940s and 1990s, followed by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Piano Quintet, first performed in London in 1893 with the 18 year old composer at the piano. 

Presented in Partnership with Leeds International Concert Season.




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Undine Smith Moore ‘Soweto’
Bongani Ndodana Breen Safika: Three Tales of African Migration
Lavell Blackwell ‘On the Impulse to Move’ for string quartet (UK premiere)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Piano Quintet


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Samantha Ege and Castle of Our Skins

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