© The London Youlan Qin Society 2003-2013



London Youlan Qin Society




Introduction

The London Youlan Qin Society, established on 13th July 2003, is a London-based voluntary cultural organization It is Europe’s first and only such Society, which aims to promote interest in and understanding of Chinese music, its culture and arts, philosophy and social meaning, especially of the qin in the UK. The qin or guqin, the Chinese 7-stringed zither, is one of China’s most significant classical instruments, and was declared by UNESCO in 2003 as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. The society is committed to facilitating the education, exchange and development of Chinese musical culture and arts between the UK, China and the rest of the world. Its president is Dr Cheng Yu, a leading UK Chinese musician and research associate at SOAS, University of London.

Objectives

Activities

The following is a selection of highlights from among our regular bimonthly yaji meetings and annual guqin summer schools:

Aug, 2016
Performed in a Chinese Music Concert during the 2015 Guqin Summer School at the China Exchange in London's Chinatown.
Aug, 2016
Held a yaji meeting at which qin scholar Dr Yip Mingmei gave a talk on "Beautiful Hands - Finger Configuration and its Philosophical Symbolism in Qin Music.
July, 2016
Held a yaji meeting at Asia House at which Dr Liang Jiyong gave a talk on the life and qin activity of qin master Pu Xuezhai.
Nov, 2015
Held a yaji meeting at which qin maker Hong Chingyan, and qin players Chen Cheng and Xu Hanzhi from Shanghai gave talks and played qin.
Aug, 2015
Performed in a Chinese Music Concert during the 2015 Guqin Summer School at the China Exchange in London's Chinatown.
July, 2015
Held a yaji meeting at which Dr Liang Jiyong gave a talk on the Zhonghe style qins nmade by Prince Lu of the Ming Dynasty.
Aug, 2014
Performed in a Chinese Music Concert during the 2014 Guqin Summer School at the Royal College of Music in South Kensington.
July, 2014
Held a yaji meeting at which Dr Liang Jiyong from Guangzhou gave a talk on the Qing Dynasty qins made by Li Xizhai.
Jan, 2014
Performed in a Chinese music concert as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum Chinese Festival.
Nov, 2013
Held the "Flowing Water" Chinese Music Concert at SOAS.
Aug, 2013
Held the LYQS 10th Anniversary Concert during the 2013 Guqin Summer School at the Royal College of Music in South Kensington.
Jan, 2012
Performed at the Chinese New Year celebrations on the main stage at Trafalgar Square
May, 2011
In collaboration with the Prince’s Charities Foundation, the British Museum and SOAS, held a Chinese Four Arts Summer School, a five day course on the four quintessential Chinese traditional arts: qin, qi (Weiqi or Go, Chinese chess), shu (calligraphy) and hua (brush painting), and a concert by Li Xiangting and the string quartet of the English Chamber Orchestra.
Nov/Dec, 2010
In partnership with The Confucius Institute, Turin, Italy, given concerts and lectures at the Mao Oriental  Museum and at the Institute by LYQS musicians.
July, 2010
Collaborated with AMC to co-organise guqin classes at RAM and the Asia Strings concert by Cheng Yu, Dai Xiaolian and others at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre.
August, 2009
Collaborated with AMC to co-organise guqin classes at Kingston University and concert by Shu School master Prof. Zeng Chengwei, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre.
Nov, 2008
Collaborated with SOAS and the Prince’s Charities Foundation to co-organise a guqin and xiao concert by Gong Yi and Dai Shuhong.
May, 2007
Collaborated with SOAS and the London Confucius Institute co-organise a guqin concert at SOAS by Lin Youren and Lin Chen from Shanghai.
August 2006
Collaborated with AMC to co-organise guqin classes at RAM and concert by master Gong Yi, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre.
December, 2005
Collaborated with SOAS to co-organise a guqin concert by Yang Chunwei from Beijing, in Khalili Hall at SOAS.
August, 2004
Collaborated with AMC to co-organise guqin classes at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and concert by master Li Xiangting, in the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre.
May, 2004
Collaborated with the Pitt Rivers Museum Centre for Musical Instruments and Textiles for a yaji and concert.
August, 2003
Collaborated with Asian Music Circuit (AMC) to co-organise guqin classes and concert with master Gong Yi at SOAS.

Administrative structure

As at 14 January, 2017, the Society has the following structure:

Officers:

President: Cheng Yu
Secretary: Julian Joseph
Treasurer: Jenny Zhao

Ordinary committee members:

Fu Yingbai
Dennis Lee
Charles Rupert Tsua

Advisers:

Qin master Gong Yi of Shanghai
Professor Li Xiangting of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Feifei Hu of the Prince's Charities Foundation, China


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Joining and membership

You are welcome to join the Society if you appreciate or play qin or other Chinese music.

Annual subscription rates

Full membership: £25, with a concessionary rate of £20 for students, pensioners and people not in full time employment.

Associate membership: £15, with a concessionary rate of £10 for students, pensioners and people not in full time employment.

For further information, please contact the secretary.