Cultural spring

26 May 2017

In the spring month of May, we organised and experienced a plethora of cultural events in Manchester that relate to China and its culture.

Brendan McNally playing his guitar

Our student Brendan McNally was one of the 10 finalists competing in the Chinese Song UK contest on 20 May, the first entrant from Manchester Confucius Institute. He is a versatile musician and accompanied his song ‘那些花儿’ with harmonica and guitar. He uses music as a way to practice his Chinese and if you wish to do the same, join the Manchester Confucius Institute choir by emailing us as we will start rehearsal once a week in October 2017.

Manchester is becoming a popular destination for Chinese musicians. Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra gave their epic performance at Bridgewater Hall on 15 May. The UK premiere of Duo by composer Zhao Lin featuring Cello and Sheng (a Chinese instrument) took audience on the ancient silk road through the fusion of music and sound. Raymond Yiu, a Hong Kong based composer, was commissioned by Manchester International Festival for a song cycle ‘The World was once all miracle’ and it will have its world premiere at Bridgewater Hall on 4 July.

From Shore to Shore, a story created by Mary Cooper and Mimi Sun about three Chinese immigrants looking for home, moved the audiences attending the three shows at Manchester thanks to the excellent performance of 6 British Chinese actors directed by David Tse. It is touring the UK until 10 June.

The largest event of the month is the North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race, which took place at Salford Quays on 6th May. 6 teams competed for the top place cheered on by their enthusiastic supporters including Dr Sun Dali, the Chinese Consul General, Mr Paul Bennet, Salford Mayor and Professor Kersti Borjars, Associate Vice President of The University of Manchester.

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