Travel news: Chi-chi gets her bass bow back

February 5, 2018 by norman lebrecht


A message from the Chineke founder:

I’m thrilled to say a kind soul found & handed my bow in to London Underground staff. It’s in one piece & I am elated. The only thing I am sorry about is that they left no name or contact details for me to thank them properly. 
Thank you all for your thoughts, support & kind messages last week. It’s been a nail-biting week with a very very very happy ending!

UPDATE: It just got better still. Chi-chi is on Desert Island Discs next Sunday.


Comments (11)

    1. Stephen Whitaker says:

      Double Yay.

      1. V.Lind says:

        Very good news.

  1. Simon Scott says:

    I’m very pleased indeed!
    Really,we should always ask ourselves the magic question:”have I forgotten anything?”. Sometimes owing to fatigue etc etc it is easier said than done…..

    1. Bruce says:

      I suspect many more parents than we ever hear about, leave a child at a grocery store or somewhere. Mine left me contentedly playing in the toy aisle at the drugstore, finished their shopping, and went home. I didn’t even realize they’d gone until they came back for me (after the usual “Where’s Bruce? Bruce! BRUUUUUUCE! Oh my god” routine.

      1. anmarie says:

        This wasn’t recently, I hope.

        1. Bruce says:

          Haha, no. I was 5 or 6 (so 1969 or 1970). But I’m sure there was a time or two later on when they regretted coming back for me 🙂

  2. Ben Akiba says:

    Come on ya all, leave your bows and instruments at pubs, toilets, trains or buses – it’s the easiest and safest way to get to the news!!!

    1. Bruce says:

      Thanks for showing the world what kind of person you are.

  3. Symphony musician says:

    Great news!

  4. Britcellist says:

    Great Desert Island Disc interview today with Chi Chi. I admire her so much for her determination to help young musicians who might not be given opportunities to further their dreams. I hope she will be rewarded by the actions of people who support her in this endeavour, and will encourage others to share her dream. Several years ago I tutored the cello section of the Kenya Youth Orchestra in Nairobi on one of their semi annual residential courses. It was exciting to work with and to be part of a group of musicians who cared very much about these young players. It was a struggle to find finances for instruments, strings, music, but with the efforts by the students, faculty, families and supporters, we had a great concert. It was a highlight of my teaching career.
    It behooves all of us to spread the word that if a child wants to play an instrument, they should be given the opportunity regardless of colour, language, where they live, which has nothing to do with playing an instrument. Look at Evelyn Glennie, even deaf, she has had the determination to be a formidable musician.

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