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The Launch of Manchester Confucius Institute Choir

4 September 2017

The Confucius Institute is launching a number of intercultural workshops to enhance your language learning experience.

The Confucius Institute is launching a number of intercultural workshops and groups to give native and non-native speakers of Mandarin a chance to meet new people, find a new hobby and practice their second language through shared activities. The Manchester Confucius Institute choir is part of that initiative - come and share your passion of singing and languages by learning songs from UK and China.

Karen, Wang, Deputy Director of Manchester’s Confucius Institute has had this vision for a while; creating activities and workshops to help learn a different language and meet like-minded people.

‘Songs like Mo Li Hua (Jasmin Flower) or Blooming Heather fuel my senses and I automatically imagine endless wide land, covered in scented flowers and the people that live there’. Karen, a keen musician herself adds when talking about her latest project.

The Confucius Institute has been fortunate to have found Juan Ortuño, a Manchester-based Spanish conductor to lead the choir. Coming from a family of singers, Juan is very passionate about working with opera and choral societies. He is Musical Director of the City of Manchester Opera, with whom he has most recently conducted thrilling performances of Carmen and The Magic Flute. He is also principal conductor of the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra and the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra. He obtained his Masters degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied with Clark Rundell and Mark Shanahan. The first rehearsal for the Confucius Institute choir will take place on 4th October between 2-3 pm and we plan to have 1-hourly long, weekly sessions on Wednesdays at 2pm at the Martin Harris Centre. No previous experience is required as long as you bring passion and commitment.

If music is not your area of interest, why not try out our other workshops based around gardening, drama and films. Further details can be found on our website.

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