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20 December 2017 / News
It was wonderful to return to China last month to re-connect with colleagues Shen Nalin and Gao Ping, as well as our friends from the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, and to perform in some state-of-the-art concerts halls in Hangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing. Gillian sums it up when she says:
“It was such a rich and stimulating time, filled with fascinating sights and sounds, amazing banquets, excellent concert halls and, of course, wonderful people”.
Helene gave an overview of our trip in the October edition of Q-notes, in her story On Tour in China and Singapore, so in this edition, we thought we’d just share a few photos from our travels, to give you a taste of our tour.
It was an honour to be featured artists at the 1st International Chamber Music Festival at Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou, and while there we enjoyed working with composition students of our friend and former colleague Shen Nalin (back row, 2nd from left).
We all enjoyed the beautiful gardens at the Forbidden City ahead of our concert at the prestigious Forbidden City Concert Hall, and it was great to spot our names amongst such distinguished company on the ‘honour board’ there!
We managed some time out at the world’s largest panda breeding centre in Chengdu…… and couldn’t resist some panda kitsch!
In Beijing, we enjoyed performing at a concert hosted by the NZ Embassy and ex-pat kiwi Glenn Schuitman at Pop-Up Beijing, and it was wonderful to catch up with Gao Ping (2nd from left), Liu Shun (5th from right) and our friends from the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra.
17 December 2018 / NewsWe're delighted to announced the appointment of our new General Manager, Sarah Chesney. Sarah will start this month part-time and take up the role full-time at the beginning of 2019. She replaces Christine Argyle who has been enticed to return to her first musical love as CEO of the New... Read More
17 December 2018 / NewsOur 4-week US/Europe/UK tour has just ended with two all-Beethoven concerts in the UK: one in Luton, and the other in London at the historic Conway Hall. Read More
15 October 2018 / NewsThe Guarneri family, including five very famous violin-makers within three generations, is the most distinguished family of luthiers in history. Andrea Guarneri, who studied in Cremona with Nicolò Amati (the maker of Gillian’s viola), was the father of Giuseppe and Pietro, and the grandfather of two more makers - confusingly,... Read More