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Melina Rauter
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London Youlan Qin Society Strikes a Chord: International Chinese Music Festival Takes Center Stage

In a celebration of the rich heritage of Chinese music, the London Youlan Qin Society (LYQS) proudly announces the inaugural London International Chinese Music Festival, scheduled to take place from August 20th to 28th this summer.

The festival is a collaboration between China Arts, LYQS, and the UK Chinese Music Ensemble, in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London, SOAS University of London, and the Chinese National Orchestra Society (CNOS). This grand event aims to spread and promote the essence of Chinese traditional music on the global stage, marking a significant milestone in the 20-year history of the UK Chinese Music Ensemble and LYQS.

The festival will feature a week-long series of events showcasing Chinese music and fostering academic exchanges. Highlights include the Summer School for Chinese traditional instruments, a symposium on guqin art (which has already reached full capacity with registrations spanning over a dozen countries), masterclasses, workshops, and music recitals. Additionally, the festival will introduce offline examinations and competitions for Chinese traditional music, in collaboration with the authoritative Chinese National Orchestra Society and SOAS University of London, offering students the opportunity to be assessed and receive an internationally recognized certificate of achievement. The festival will also feature an award ceremony and concert for the winners.

Supplementary activities such as calligraphy, Chinese painting, ensemble performances, and Chinese choir will also be offered, along with a series of concerts in London, Cambridge, Birmingham, and other venues, showcasing a fusion of Chinese and Western musical styles. The festival aims to attract a diverse audience, promote the development of Chinese music culture in the UK, facilitate cultural exchange between China and the UK, and foster appreciation and understanding of both Chinese and Western cultures.

"I am delighted to announce the launch of our first-ever London International Chinese Music Festival," said Dr. Cheng Yu, the founder of China Arts (UK), President of LYQS, and Pipa and Guqin tutor at SOAS University of London. "This festival is a collaboration among China Arts, LYQS, and the UK Chinese Music Ensemble, with the support of Goldsmiths, University of London, SOAS University of London, and the Chinese National Orchestra Society. It represents an exciting expansion and extension of our continuous efforts in teaching, summer music schools, seminars, recitals, and concerts over the past 20 years. We are thrilled to welcome two outstanding Chinese music masters and scholars from Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Professor Li Fengyun (guqin) and Professor Wang Jianxin (dizi, xiao, and xun), as well as a lineup of esteemed performers, including Dr. Cheng Yu (pipa), Wang Xiao (erhu), Jason Lau (guzheng), and Zhang Jialin, a young virtuoso of the Central Conservatory of Music's guqin department. Scholars and musicologists from around the world, such as Dr. Edward Luper (London, Bonhams), Professor Luca Pisano (Italy), Dr. André Ribeiro (Brazil, President of Brazil Guqin Society), and Juni Yeung (Canada), have also responded enthusiastically to the invitation to participate in the academic symposium held during the festival."

The London International Chinese Music Festival promises to be a grand celebration of Chinese music, offering a unique opportunity for audiences in the UK and beyond to immerse themselves in the richness and beauty of Chinese traditional music. To find out more and register for the festival, visit:


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