The aim of the organisation is to foster and support a sustainable Chinese musicians' collective to promote the practice, understanding and development of Chinese music in multi-cultural
Britain and beyond.
To present and develop a wide variety of traditional repertoires
To perform contemporary, new and specially commissioned music
To engage in educational and school music projects
To collaborate for the production of cross-cultural and cross-genre music works
To encourage creative and experimental music adventures
To perform recording and multi-media sound projects
What does UKCE offer?
Concerts and tours
Workshops/courses for schools (singing/percussion/instruments/music making)
Festivals and cultural events
China themed events - e.g. China Week and China Day
Music recordings for CD, Radio, TV, Film and other multimedia projects.
Music for co-operations and functions
Musical instrument hire
Music tuition on individual instruments and for ensemble classes
"...an excellent group of Chinese virtuosi..." The Wire, Adventures in Modern Music.
"These are musicians to cherish, and to hear more often on the concert stage..." Journal of the European Foundation for Chinese Music Research (Chime).
"a virtuoso ensemble with such an exotic style... brilliant and impressive" - The Scotsman.
"a wonderful performance by the Chinese musicians...unique... excellent and enthralling" - Toronto Weekly News & Entertainment Voice.
Main members of the ensemble
Cheng Yu - pipa (4-stringed lute) and qin (7-stringed zither)
Chen Dacan - erhu, gaohu, jinghu (fiddles)
Hu Bin - erhu
Hu Ruijun - dizi and xiao (bamboo flutes)
Kim-Ho Ip - yangqin (hammered dulcimer)
Li Ming - yangqin (hammered dulcimer)
Liu Qing - erhu
Liu Xiaohu - sheng (mouth organ) and guanzi (double reed pipe), xun (ocarina)
Sun Zhuo - guzheng (21-stringed zither)
Wang Xiao - erhu (2-stringed fiddle)
Xiao Ying - guzheng
Zhou Jinyan - yangqin
Zhao Zhangren - yangqin
Zhu Xiaomeng - guzheng
The UK Chinese Ensemble is keen to take on fresh talent. We welcome UK-based professional, experienced Chinese musicians (instrumentalists, singers, opera artistes) to join us.
If you are interested in joining our activities, please feel free to contact us.
Performances and concerts at the British Museum, The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army exhibition - September 2007 - April 2008
Recording for 6 series TV documentary music Wild China, BBC Bristol, October 2007
Performance in London's City Hall, Launch of China in London Season, February 2006
Performances and concerts at Royal Academy of Arts exhibition: China's Three Emperors: November 2005 - April 2006
The National Centre of Early Music Centre, York February 2005 and 2006
Film recording, Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights, Around the World in 80 Days 2003-2006
Performances and workshops at the Royal Museum of Scotland during exhibition: Qing Emperor Qianlong, September 2003
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London, 2003, 2001 and 1998
UK, Europe and Middle East tour with Theatre Show - Shaolin: Wheel of Life 2000-2001
Hong Kong Festival, Hyde Park, London, July 2005 and 2001
Channel 4 TV music programme Howard Goodall's Big Bang, August 2000
Cambridge Folk Music Festival, July 2003
A CD publication - "Liushui" (Flowing Water) SOASIS, 2000