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News and events



Regular meetings/yaji for 2017

We have scheduled the following bi-monthly meetings at SOAS (free to LYQS members and to SOAS staff and students, otherwise £4) on the following dates:

Saturday 14 January

Saturday 11 March

Sunday 14 May at China Exchange, London - Please note the change of date and venue. Further details to be announced.

Saturday 8 July

Saturday 9 September

Saturday 11 November

Details of individual meetings will be announced closer to the date of each meeting.


China Arts presents Chinese Guqin and Guzheng Zither Music Classes Spring 2017 - 28th February to 16th May

China Arts and the London Youlan Qin Society present their cultural education project – systematic long-term guqin zither courses in the Fo Guang Shan Temple in central London.

The guqin, with its refined and other-worldly tones, is the quintessential instrument of the Chinese literati, and mastery of this instrument along with chess, calligraphy, and ink-painting has historically been the mark of scholarly sophistication. The Fo Guang Shan Temple is a quiet Pure Land in the busy heart of London in a Grade Two listed building. Since 1992, the Temple has been a major venue for Buddhist practice and cultural activities. It is a perfect environment for qin music practice.

Courses

Every Tuesday from 28th February to 16th May 2017 (12 weekly classes):

2:00 – 3:30pm guqin Beginner - £300
3:30 – 5:00pm guqin Intermediate £300
6:30 – 7:30pm guzheng Beginner £240
7:30 – 8:30pm guzheng Intermediate £240

Fee includes the use of instruments during the classes.

Teacher

Guqin: Dr Cheng Yu (Guqin virtuoso, studied under guqin master Li Xiangting, teaches guqin at SOAS, University of London, since 1998), President of the London Youlan Qin Society

Guzheng: Ms Wu Mengmeng (Guzheng virtuoso from the Central Conservatory of Music, China)
Ms Xiao Ran (Guzheng virtuoso from the Xi’an Conservatory of Music, China)

Location

London Fo Guang Shan Temple
84 Margaret St., Fitzrovia
London, W1W 8TD

Download the registration form here.

Download the poster here.

Contact

Phone: 07880 896 003

Email: ukchinesemusic@gmail.com or mengmengw318@aliyun.com



London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - SOAS, University of London - 12th November, 2016

This will be our seventh yaji for 2016. It is going to be interesting and exciting and all are welcome. The Society’s regular yaji (guqin and Chinese music gathering) meeting as always opens its door not only to members but also to non-members and the public who are interested in listening to and playing music. (There will be a charge of £4 per person for non-members).

For more information about the London Youlan Qin Society, see www.ukchinesemusic.com/londonyoulanqin

Date/time: Saturday, 12th November 2016

Members: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Non-members: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Venue:
Room G52
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


China Arts presents “The Qin Zither in Zen” – Guqin Music Course Autumn 2016 - 27th September to 20th December, 2016

China Arts presents its new cultural education project – systematic long-term guqin zither courses in the Fo Guang Shan Temple in central London.

The guqin, with its refined and other-worldly tones, is the quintessential instrument of the Chinese literati, and mastery of this instrument along with chess, calligraphy, and ink-painting has historically been the mark of scholarly sophistication. The Fo Guang Shan Temple is a quiet Pure Land in the busy heart of London in a Grade Two listed building. Since 1992, the Temple has been a major venue for Buddhist practice and cultural activities. It is a perfect environment for qin music practice.

Courses

Every Tuesday from 27th September 2016 - 20th December - except 25th October (12 weekly classes):

2:15 – 3:45pm Beginner - £240
4:00 – 5:30pm Intermediate £240
6:30 – 7:30pm Beginner £180
7:30 – 8:30pm Intermediate £180

Teacher

Dr Cheng Yu (Guqin virtuoso, studied under guqin master Li Xiangting, teaches guqin at SOAS, University of London, since 1998), President of the London Youlan Qin Society

Location

London Fo Guang Shan Temple
84 Margaret St., Fitzrovia
London, W1W 8TD

Further information

A limited number of instruments are available for use during the classes (£4 per class). You are welcome to bring your own. To purchase or rent instruments, please contact Dr Cheng Yu (see below) or visit China Arts.

Download the registration form here.

Download the poster here.

Contact

Phone: 07880 896 003

Email: ukchinesemusic@gmail.com



London Youlan Qin Society Mid-Autumn Moon Festival yaji meeting - SOAS, University of London - 10th September, 2016

This will be our sixth yaji for 2016. It is going to be interesting and exciting and all are welcome. The Society’s regular yaji (guqin and Chinese music gathering) meeting as always opens its door not only to members but also to non-members and the public who are interested in listening to and playing music. (There will be a charge of £4 per person for non-members).

For more information about the London Youlan Qin Society, see www.ukchinesemusic.com/londonyoulanqin

Date/time: Saturday, 10th September 2016

Members: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Non-members: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Venue:
Room 4429 - note the change of room
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


Chinese Music Concert – 26 August 2016

A double bill showcasing masterpieces on the guqin and xiao flute by musicians from the London Youlan Qin Society; plus the award-winning Silk String Quartet.

See the photo gallery here.

Xinhua News broadcast a news item about the summer school and concert in China, which can be seen at this link: v.gdtv.cn/news/zdbd/2016-08-28/505596.html.

Time: Friday, 26 August 2016, 7:30 pm

Venue:
China Exchange London



Chinese Music Summer School – 24-28 August 2016

See the photo gallery here.

Xinhua News broadcast a news item about the summer school and concert in China, which can be seen at this link: v.gdtv.cn/news/zdbd/2016-08-28/505596.html.

Venue:
China Exchange Gerrard Street
London



London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - Walthamstow, London - 20th August, 2016

See the Saturday 20th August, 2016 page for details.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - Asia House, London - 9th July, 2016

See the Saturday 9th July, 2016 page for details.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - SOAS, University of London - 14th May, 2016

See the Saturday 14th May, 2016 page for details.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - SOAS, University of London - 12th March, 2016

See the Saturday 12th March, 2016 page for details.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - SOAS, University of London - 9th January, 2016

See the Saturday 9th January, 2016 page for details.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - at the home of Cheng Yu - 7th November, 2015

See the Saturday 7th November, 2015 page for details.


Chinese Music Summer School – 27-31 August 2015

Following over a decade of successful Chinese music summer schools, the London Youlan Qin Society (LYQS) focused its 2015 course on the guqin and guzheng. The guqin, with its refined and other-worldly tones, is the quintessential instrument of the Chinese literati, and mastery of this instrument along with chess, calligraphy, and ink-painting has historically been the mark of scholarly sophistication. The guzheng (21 string zither) has a history of over 2,000 years and is an expressive and colourful instrument which is widely loved by both Chinese and Western people. The summer school this year was held at a grand new venue – China Exchange in London’s Chinatown – and offered a rare opportunity for anyone interested in learning and understanding more about traditional Chinese music and instruments in the UK.

The course combined lectures, practice, and seminars and will finish with an end of course demonstration by participants and a concert by renowned musicians. It was open to student at all levels of experience.

Guqin
Taught by Dr Cheng Yu (SOAS, University of London), with Mr Charles Rupert Tsua (LYQS)

Guzheng
Taught by Wu Mengmeng (award-winning guzheng virtuoso from the Central conservatory of Music, Beijing)

Seminar/demonstration (open to public) 公开讲座/示范: 2-3.30pm:
Guqin 古琴 Charles Tsua, 27th August)
Guzheng 古筝 (Wu Mengmeng, 29th August)
Pipa 琵琶 (Cheng Yu, 30th August)

Concert 音乐会: "Beyond the Silk Strings" 『 署夏丝韵』: 7.30pm, 28th August 2015
Showcased masterpieces on the guqin 古琴 and guzheng 古筝, as well as the erhu 二胡 fiddle, xiao 笛箫 flute. Included contemporary pieces "Su" 塑 (by Zhou Long 周龙, 1983) for guqin 古琴 and Western flute 西笛, and "Lament at Lin’an" 临安遗恨 (by He Zhanhao 何占豪 1992) for guzheng 古筝 and piano 钢琴. Featured renowned musicians including Chen Dacan (erhu), Cheng Yu (guqin and pipa), Wu Meng Meng (guzheng), Charles Tsua (guqin), Dennis Lee (xiao) and Lin Lin (flute and piano).

Photos from the concert are here.

Venue:
China Exchange
32A, Gerrard Street
London W1D 6JA

Photos from the summer school are here.



London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - SOAS, University of London - 11th July, 2015

See the Saturday 11th July, 2015 page for details.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - SOAS, University of London - 14th March, 2015

See the Saturday 14th March, 2015 page for details.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - SOAS, University of London - 24th January, 2015

See the Saturday 24th January, 2015 page for details.


Guqin (7-stringed zither) performances – British Museum – Room 33, 6.15pm and 7.10pm, 14th November 2014

Cheng Yu has been invited to play a selection of guqin masterpieces for this special celebration at the British Museum titled "Ming Late: Courtly Pleasures". It is in conjunction with the BP Exhibition - Ming: 50 years that changed China (18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015), with some China’s most Exquisite objects and treasures. Cheng Yu will play a few Ming dynasty (1368-1644) pieces including "Flowing Water" and "Three Variations on the Plum Blossom" from the Spiritual and Secret Scores, published in 1425. Presented by the The UK Chinese Ensemble.

Date: Friday, 14 November, 6.15 pm and 7.10 pm

Venue:
Room 33, British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

Admission: Free, just drop in, limited seating available

For more details, please see the exhibition programme.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting - SOAS, University of London - 8 November 2014

See the Saturday 8 November 2014 page for details.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting – SOAS, University of London – 13 September 2014
伦敦幽兰琴社11月8日,伦敦大学亚非学院雅集,有兴者,欢迎参加

See the Saturday 13 September 2014 page for details.


Chinese Music Concert – 9 August 2014

The London Youlan Qin Society and the Silk and Bamboo Ensemble present a selection of masterpieces of guqin music from different periods, as well as other Chinese instrumental music such as the erhu (2-stringed fiddle) guzheng (21-stringed zither), pipa (4-stringed lute) and xiao (bamboo flute). This is a rare opportunity and not to be missed.

Musicians: Cheng Yu – pipa lute and guqin zither, Chen Dacan – erhu fiddle, Dennis Kwong Thye Lee – xiao and dizi flutes, Chan Fungying – guzheng zither.

Date: Saturday, 9 August, 7:00 pm

Venue:
Parry Room
The Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
South Kensington
London SW7 2BS

Nearest tube station: South Kensington

Admission: Free (Donations appreciated)

For details and and photo gallery, please see the concert page.


Chinese Music Summer School – 6-10 August 2014

Following the London Youlan Qin Society’s successful guqin summer school last year, we will hold a full 5 day course this summer at the Royal College of Music in South Kensington, London, for both beginners and advanced level students. it will be taught by Dr Cheng Yu, who has been teaching guqin at SOAS, University of London, for more than 16 years, and Charles Rupert Tsua, an accomplished guqin player with over 10 years of experience.

The course will combine classes, workshops and an informal concert, and will be open to participants of all levels of experience.

Dates: 6-10 August, Wednesday-Sunday

Venue:
The Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
South Kensington
London SW7 2BS

Nearest tube station: South Kensington

For details and photo gallery, please see the 2014 Summer School page.


Talk on "The elegant life of a diplomat in the late Qing period, focussing on Zhang Yinhuan" – SOAS, University of London – 19 July 2014

This talk, organised by the UK Research and Development Centre for Chinese Traditional Culture (UKCTC), will be given by Dr Liang Jiyong.

Zhang Yinhuan (1837-1900) was Chinese ambassador to Spain and the United States, and visited the UK and other countries. He was an important figure behind the Hundred Days Reform.

Date/time: Saturday, 19 July 2014, 2:00 pm.

Venue:
KLT
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting – SOAS, University of London – 12 July 2014

See the Saturday 12 July 2014 page for details.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting – SOAS, University of London – 10 May 2014

See the Saturday 10 May 2014 page for details.


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting and Tea Ceremony demonstration: SOAS, University of London – 8 March 2014

See the Saturday 8 March 2014 page for details.


UK Chinese Music Ensemble with the London Youlan Qin Society Concert at the Victoria and Albert Chinese Festival: 15.30 – 16.15pm, 19th January 2014

Having performed for the opening of the Masterpiece of Chinese Painting 700-1900 exhibition at London’s V&A Museum, the UK Chinese Music Ensemble and the London Youlan Qin Society have been invited to play at its closing day Chinese Festival on 19th January. They will give 2 special performances featuring the erhu fiddle, pipa lute, guqin and guzheng zithers, yangqin dulcimer and di and xiao flutes.

UK Chinese Music Ensemble with the London Youlan Qin Society

15.30 – 16.15

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre (Admission free, first come first served)

The Ensemble and the Qin Society will perform on many of the instruments that are featured in the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900 exhibition. They will play a selection of traditional, modern and period music including examples from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

For photos please visit:

Concert photos

Venue:

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7


Inspired – Chinese Painter meets Musicians Victoria and Albert Museum, Chinese Festival: 2-3pm and 3.30-4.30pm 19th January 2014

Painting and Music Demonstration

14.00 – 15.00 (Guo Le and Cheng Yu on the pipa lute)

15.30 – 16.30 (Guo Le and Charles Tsua on the guqin)

Room 220, Sackler Centre (Free event)

Watch contemporary artist Guo Le create interpretational and improvisatory art inspired by Chinese music.


The passing of Qin Master Lin Youren

The London Youlan Qin Society reports with great sadness that Lin Youren, one of China's best known and respected qin masters, a representative of the Guangling qin lineage, passed away on Saturday 12 October 2013. He was 75 years old. Master Lin visited London at least twice, in 2000 and 2007, and had yaji gatherings with qin lovers in London. We remember the wonderful concert (which we organised and which was sponsored by the London Confucius Institute and supported by SOAS) he and his daughter Lin Chen gave at SOAS on 5 May, 2007 and an interesting yaji with our members the following day.

Master Lin published 4 CDs:

  1. 《中有真味》(与戴树红、戴微合作,上海信德科技文化发展中心企划制作,江苏省出版总社出版, 1996)
  2. 《广陵琴韵》(专辑,香港雨果制作有限公司,1996)
  3. "Music for the Qin Zither", Nimbus Records, LC 5871, London, 2001
  4. 《鹤鸣九皋》——林友仁,姚公白先生古琴雅集(西安德音文化有限责任公司,中国唱片深圳公司出版,2001)

Master Lin Youren will be missed by all qin aficionados throughout the world. We extend our sincere condolences to his family.




London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting – SOAS, University of London – 11 January 2014

See the Saturday 11 January 2014 page for details.


Flowing Water – Chinese Music Concert – SOAS, University of London – 9 November 2013

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the designation of the guqin as “a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity” by UNESCO

Fundraising for publication of the 10th Anniversary Booklet by the London Youlan Qin Society

The London Youlan Qin Society (LYQS) presents a special concert at SOAS, University of London. This musical gala features a programme which not only showcases guqin masterpieces, but also presents selected solo and Silk and Bamboo ensemble music on the erhu fiddle, xiao flute, pipa lute, guzheng zither and yangqin dulcimer performed by professional musicians. In addition, there will be a martial arts performance by a renowned expert, with live music. We hope you will come to share this rare moment and support our celebration of Chinese musical culture. This is in place of our regular yaji meeting.

Date: Saturday 9th November 2013, 1:00 pm.

时间/日期: 2013年11月9号下午1点

Venue:
Room G52
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
www.soas.ac.uk/

Doors open at 12.40 pm. Seats are limited, first come first served.

Admission free (Donations appreciated)

门票:免费 (欢迎随缘乐捐)

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com
Phone: 0788 089 6003

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


Guqin recital in Birmingham by Charles Rupert Tsua – 27 September 2013

Date and time: Friday 27th September, 18:30

Venue:

6/8 Kafe
6/8 Temple Row
Birmingham B2 5HG

Tickets: £2 at the door

6/8 Kafe

Click here for flyer


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting – SOAS, University of London – 14 September 2013

The Society’s September yaji (guqin & Chinese music gathering) meeting will be open to members and non-members. We welcome newcomers and the general public to join our yaji.

Date: Saturday 14th September 2013
2:00-4:00 pm, for all non-members who are interested in listening to and playing music.
(There will be a charge of £4 per person for non-members)

Venue:
Room B104
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

For more information about the Silk and Bamboo Ensemble, please visit: The ukchinesemusic.com/silkbamboo.htm

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


Chinese Music Summer School – 23-26 August 2013

The London Youlan Qin Society’s (LYQS) 11th summer School on the guqin zither will be held at the Royal School of Music in South Kensington, London.

We will offer the following course:

Guqin (7-stringed zither)
Taught by Dr Cheng Yu, who has been teaching guqin at SOAS, University of London, for 16 years, and Charles Rupert Tsua, an accomplished guqin player with over 10 years of experience.

The course will combine classes, workshops and an informal concert, and will be open to students of all levels of experience.

Dates: 23-26 August, Friday-Monday (Bank Holiday)

Venue:
The Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
South Kensington
London SW7 2BS

For details of the summer school, please see Guqin Summer School: Guqin Classes with Cheng Yu and Charles Tsua, August 2013

For details of the LYQS 10th Anniversary Concert, please see Guqin LYQS 10th Anniversary Concert, 26 August 2013


Cheng Yu and Chinese Music live on Radio Resonance 104.4 FM – 6.30-7.30pm, 17 July 2013

Invited by Resonance FM - a London based radio channel focusing on World Music, Cheng Yu will be talking live about her music and life and will play a few pieces of music on the pipa and guqin. She will talk about the UK Chinese Music Ensemble, especially the guqin zither and the London Youlan Qin Society, and its forthcoming guqin and guzheng zither music summer school taking place at the Royal College of Music, 23rd to 26th August.

Resonance FM broadcasts on 104.4 FM and the interview will also be broadcast online at http://resonancefm.com/listen.

Details: 17th July at 6:30 p.m. If you miss the live broadcast it will be available online at https://soundcloud.com/resonance-fm/18-30-00-world-city-live-19.


Pipa and Jazz piano concert and film "The Heart of Qin in Hong Kong" – King's College London – 27 May 2013

There is to be a concert by Wang Ting and Chris Lee – "Encounter between Pipa and Jazz Piano", followed by the UK premiere of the documentary film: "The Heart of Qin in Hong Kong" at the Chinese Visual Festival, King's College London.

Date/time: 27 May, 8:00 pm

Further information and tickets: http://chinesevisualfestival.org/programme/


London Youlan Qin Society yaji meeting – SOAS, University of London – 11 May 2013

The Society’s May yaji (guqin & Chinese music gathering) meeting will be open to members and non-members. We welcome newcomers and the general public to join our yaji.

Date: Saturday 11th May 2013
2:00-4:00 pm, for all non-members who are interested in listening and playing music.
(There will be a charge of £4 per person for non-members)

Venue:
Room 4418
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


London Youlan Qin Society Winter yaji meeting – SOAS, University of London – 10 November 2012

Following the successful 10th guqin Summer school at SOAS, University of London this year, the Society’s winter yaji (guqin & Chinese music gathering) meeting will be open to members and non-members. We welcome newcomers and the general public to join our yaji.

Date: Saturday 10th November 2012
2:00-4:00 pm, for all non-members who are interested in listening and playing music.
(There will be a charge of £4 per person for non-members)

Venue:
Room G51
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


London Youlan Qin Society Summer yaji meeting – SOAS, University of London – 8 September 2012

Following the successful 10th guqin Summer school at SOAS, University of London this year, the Society’s summer yaji (guqin & Chinese music gathering) meeting will be open to members and non-members.

Date: Saturday 8th September 2012
1:00-4:00 pm, for all non-members who are interested in listening and playing music.
(There will be a charge at £4 per person for non-members)

Venue:
Room 563
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


Guqin Summer School: SOAS, University of London, 21-24 June 2012

A 4-day course to study the guqin with Professor Zeng Chengwei of the Shu school from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, southwest China. The sophisticated guqin, with a history of over 3,000 years, is one of China’s most significant classical instruments. It is the first of the four quintessential Chinese arts for the self-cultivation of scholars and cultured individuals, alongside qi the game of (Weiqi or Go), shu (calligraphy) and hua (brush painting). It is also the only Chinese instrument to have been recognized by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.

The course combines classes, workshops and an evening concert. It is a part of the 10th World Music Summer School presented by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in collaboration with the London Youlan Qin Society, and supported by The Prince's Charities Foundation (China).

Open to all levels.

Evening concert with Professor Zeng Chengwei and Dr Cheng Yu: Thursday 21 June, 7:00 pm (see below)

Dates: 21-24 June, Thursday-Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Click here for a full report on the Summer School.

Zeng Chengwei Cheng Yu

Click on the image below to enlarge (Our grateful thanks to designer Wang Jian for this).


Guqin concert "The sound of the Shu Qin" by Zeng Chengwei and Cheng Yu: SOAS, University of London, 21 June 2012

This is a rare opportunity to hear guqin music by Professor Zeng Chengwei – an authentic representative of the Shu 蜀 (southwest China) School of qin playing, who has been specially invited from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Sichuan, Southwest China. He is also an expert maker of qins. His instruments are admired not only by professional qin players but also by collectors, both in China and abroad. In this concert he will play qin pieces from the repertoire of Shu School, including Da Hujia 大胡笳 (Great Nomad Reedpipe), Liu Shui 流水 (Flowing Water), and Qiu Shui 秋水 (Autumn Water). He will be joined by Dr Cheng Yu, who teaches guqin at SOAS. Pieces she will perform include Meihua San Nong 梅花三弄 (Three Variations on the Plum blossom) and Puan Zhou 普庵咒(Incantation of Puan) (qin & xiao duet).

Time: Thursday 21 June, 7:00 pm

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

Click here for a full report on the Concert.

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LYQS yaji meeting at SOAS, Friday 22 June 2012

The London Youlan Qin Society will hold its next yaji meeting on Friday 22 June. It will take place at SOAS, in central London, and will take place during the Guqin Summer School. We are delighted that Professor Zeng Chengwei will join us.

Time:

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Members)

Venue:

Room G51
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


LYQS Spring yaji meeting at SOAS, Saturday 12 May 2012

The London Youlan Qin Society will hold its next yaji meeting on Saturday 12 November. It will take place at SOAS, in central London. The meeting will be open to members and non-members.

There will be a charge of £4 per person for non-members.

Time:

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Members)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Non-members)

Venue:

Room V221
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


LYQS meeting Sunday 25 March 2012

The London Youlan Qin Society will hold its next yaji meeting on Sunday 25 March. It will take place at the Malaysia Kopi Tiam Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown, central London. The meeting will be open to members and non-members.

There will be a charge of £4 per person for non-members.

Time:

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Members)

Venue:

Malaysia Kopi Tiam
1st floor
67, Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0NE
Tel: 020 7287 1113

Phone: 0788 089 6003 (LYQS)

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=67,+Charing+Cross+Road+London+WC2H+0NE+&hnear=67+Charing+Cross+Rd,+London+WC2H+0NE,+United+Kingdom&t=h&z=16

The nearest tube stations is Leicester Square.


LYQS celebrates the Year of the Dragon in Trafalgar Square 29 January 2012

The London Youlan Qin Society was selected by the London Chinatown Chinese Association to perform at this important event in Trafalgar Square. Members of the Society performed two well-known qin pieces.

2:00 - 5:00 pm, Sunday 29 January 2012

Venue:

Trafalgar Square, Central London

Photographs and video from the performance are here.


LYQS meeting Saturday 14 January 2012

The London Youlan Qin Society will hold its next yaji meeting on Saturday 14 January. It will take place at SOAS, in central London. The meeting will be open to members and non-members.

There will be a charge of £4 per person for non-members.

Time:

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Members)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Non-members)

Venue:

Room: TBA
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003 (LYQS), 020 7637 2388 (SOAS)

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


LYQS meeting Saturday 12 November 2011

The London Youlan Qin Society will hold its next yaji meeting on Saturday 12 November. It will take place at SOAS, in central London. The meeting will be open to members and non-members.

There will be a charge of £4 per person for non-members.

Time:

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Members)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Non-members)

Venue:

Room L67
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003 (LYQS), 020 7637 2388 (SOAS)

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


LYQS meeting Saturday 10 September 2011

The London Youlan Qin Society will hold its next yaji meeting on Saturday 10 September. It will take place at SOAS, in central London.

Any members who have not already done so are encouraged to pay their annual subscription for 2011 at this meeting.

Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Venue:

Room G51

Main Building

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street

Russell Square

London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003 (LYQS), 020 7637 2388 (SOAS)

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


LYQS meeting Friday 8 July 2011

The London Youlan Qin Society will hold its next yaji meeting on Friday 8 July. It will take place in the Music Department, Royal Holloway College London (RHUL) in Egham, Surrey.

All members who have not already done so are encouraged to pay their annual subscription for 2011 at this meeting.

Time: 7:00 pm - please note the updated time.

Venue: Music Department, Royal Holloway College London (RHUL) in Egham, Surrey.

Further details will be announced shortly.


Chinese Four Arts Summer School – 27-31 May 2011

The project

A 5-day course to study and experience the four quintessential Chinese traditional arts – the classical guqin, or qin (7-stringed zither), qi (Weiqi or Go, a board game for training the mind), shu (calligraphy) and hua (brush painting). This is the first time such a course has been held in the UK, enabling participants to study the techniques, aesthetics and cultural meanings of these four interlinked art forms with a focus on the qin. Invited experts include qin grand master Professor Li Xiangting from the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, UK based painter and calligrapher Guo Le, and Go teacher Tony Atkins. Participants will receive an informative free booklet on qin and the four arts. There will be lecture-workshops introducing the four arts and an exciting concert of traditional and new guqin music with Li Xiangting, a multimedia presentation, and Chinese-Western musical collaboration.

For a full report, see Chinese Four Arts Summer School.

For a report on the concert, see Concert: "The Elegant Orchid".

A 7 minute TV programme by Phoenix TV can be seen at:

http://v.ifeng.com/news/world/201108/a89cfc06-038f-4370-927e-e76fa87bb006.shtml

Here is a newspaper report by the Sun Post (page 2).

Organisers, partners and sponsors

The project was initiated by the London Youlan Qin Society in collaboration with the Prince’s Charities Foundation (Sponsor), the British Museum and SOAS, University of London.


LYQS meeting Saturday 14 May 2011

The London Youlan Qin Society will hold its next yaji meeting on Saturday 14 May. It will take place at SOAS, in central London.

All members who have not already done so are encouraged to pay their annual subscription for 2011 at this meeting.

Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Venue:

Room G51

Main Building

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street

Russell Square

London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Phone: 0788 089 6003 (LYQS), 020 7637 2388 (SOAS)

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


LYQS meeting Saturday 12 March 2011

The London Youlan Qin Society will hold its next yaji meeting on Saturday, 12th March. The meeting is free of charge to members of LYQS and to staff and students of SOAS. Otherwise there is a charge of £4. The meeting will take place at SOAS, in central London.

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Venue:

Room G51
Main Building
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


LYQS meeting Saturday 15 January 2011

The London Youlan Qin Society will hold its next yaji meeting on Saturday, 15th January to celebrate the New Year. The Society is pleased to announce that this meeting will be open to all and free of charge. It will take place at SOAS, in central London.

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Venue:

Room B111 - IMPORTANT - please note that the room number has changed!
Brunei Gallery
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

www.soas.ac.uk/

Email: jmgjoseph@btinternet.com, chengyu@ukchinesemusic.com

Directions are at the following URL (Google maps):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Thornhaugh+Street&sll=51.521448,-0.125774&sspn=0.004893,0.010192&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Thornhaugh+St,+Camden+Town,+Greater+London+WC1B+5,+United+Kingdom&z=16/

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Euston Square.


2011 National Guqin Dapu Conference

The 2011 Chinese Guqin Dapu Conference is to be held in Changshu in May 2011.

 

Translation by Christopher Evans

The subject of the Chinese Guqin Dapu Conference to be held in Changshu in May 2011 is the Ming dynasty Songxianguan Qinpu (the version in the Si Ku Quan Shu, Qin Qu Jicheng Vol. 8, and downloadable from www.chinese guqin.org). We now invite good dapu works from qin players in all areas, the procedures being as follows:

  1. Each person may freely select up to three pieces from the Songxianguan Qinpu (including the Appendices) to dapu; the draft dapu are to be given in both cipher (number) notation and jianzi-pu; manuscript work must be clearly written. Sound recordings (CD) should be attached. The paper and recorded materials must be submitted to the office of the Chinese Guqin Society on or before 31 December 2010.

  2. Chinese and foreigners who are involved in the qin may take part in the activities. During the dapu process the symbols in the original tablatures must be followed strictly; changes must not be made unless there are obvious mistakes in the original tablature, in which case the reasons for the changes must be given.

  3. When the drafts have all been received, between one and three of the best for each piece will be selected and centrally recorded.

  4. At the same time, new compositions are sought for the Dapu Conference; they must be new works which have not been published or recorded on CD, DVD or in other formats. The deadline is as above.

  5. During the dapu Conference there will be separate conferences for dapu works and new compositions. Academic papers related to the Songxianguan Qinpu are invited, to be submitted to and discussed at the Conference.

  6. The selected dapu works, new compositions and papers will be collected and published, the copyright being retained by the Guqin Academic Committee of the Chinese Nationalities’ Instrumental Music Association. The Association will bear all food and accommodation costs in Changshu of persons whose work is selected, together with part of their travel costs.
Postal address: BAI Yunlong, D/1506, Building 3, Dongsheng Gujia Yuan, Anwai, Beijing, post code 100029 (materials must be sent by registered or express mail)

Telephone enquiries: 0106441 5082 or 13391838383 ZHANG Zisheng

Chinese Guqin Association

Guqin Academic Committee of the Chinese Nationalities’ Instrumental Music Association
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