Cambridge University's graduation venue will host a one-off performance from Europe's first black and minority ethnic orchestra as the prestigious institution works towards a "more inclusive culture".

The university came in for criticism earlier this year as it emerged that six of its 29 undergraduate colleges had admitted fewer than 10 British black or mixed white and black students between 2012 and 2016.

A spokesman said the university is "delighted" to host a night of music from the Chineke! ensemble at its 18th century Senate House, which is the ceremonial heart of Cambridge and "rarely" hosts such public events.

The concert will include the world premiere of the latest work by classical composer Errollyn Wallen, a King's College graduate who was born in Belize.

Ms Wallen, whose portrait is currently displayed as part of an exhibition of black Cambridge graduates in the university library, said: "I would dearly love to encourage more students of colour to come to Cambridge."

Chineke! was set up in 2015 and has attracted widespread critical acclaim for its energetic performances, which combine the work of famous composers with that of often-neglected black artists.

A Cambridge University spokesman said: "The opportunity to host a night of music from Chineke!, with their exuberant performance style and imaginative interpretations of works both ancient and modern, seemed a wonderful chance to reflect the neo-classical building's roles as both the backdrop for our students' graduations and for some of our most historic ceremonial occasions.

"The concert also complements our current exhibition at Cambridge University Library, Black Cantabs: History Makers, which features a portrait of Errollyn and 14 other notable black graduates, and is part of the university's commitment to the development of a more inclusive culture."

The concert is part of the Cambridge Music Festival.

Its director Justin Lee said: "It's really positive that the university has taken the step of opening the Senate House for the Chineke! performance.

"BAME communities are badly under-represented in classical music and, while this is only one concert, we are delighted that securing such a prestigious venue helps give this event such a high profile."

The Senate House, in central Cambridge, is a private property and is primarily used for degree ceremonies.

Public events there are unusual, although the building did host the BBC Election Debate in 2017.

It was also the backdrop to a light show as part of the university's 800th anniversary celebrations in 2009.

The concert takes place on November 16.