Born in North London, Uchenna Ngwe studied oboe and cor anglais at Trinity College of Music, gaining a BMus (Hons) and later returning on a scholarship for a postgraduate diploma. Since then, her playing has taken her across Europe, Africa and Asia. Solo engagements have included recitals at Lauderdale House and St Alfege Church in Greenwich and a performance of the rarely heard Oboe Concerto No.1 by Gordon Jacob with St Paul's Sinfonia, while orchestral work has included The Belmont Ensemble of London, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and Ensemble, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Festival Sinfonia and the UK tours for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Les Miserables.
A keen interested in music education and has led to recording music for educational use including Abracadabra Oboe (A&C Black Publishers) and Ready, Steady, Blow (Oboe Classics).
Uchenna is Artistic Director and founder of Decus Ensemble – a chamber group specialising in music composed for wind and strings - and is also a researcher investigating presentation of the work of historical Black classical musicians in Britain.
Help Musicians have genorously agreed to provide financial support to enable me to present my work as a performer-researcher at the Classical:NEXT conference, which platforms innovative work in international classical music.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year's event has been postponed to May 2021.