As the leaves start to turn, see in the new season with our Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations at China Exchange. Join us to explore the themes of the moon, harvest and memories of home – wherever it may be. Drawing on rich cross-cultural traditions, singers from the East-West Gala Chorus will reflect on festivities marking the start of autumn and moon themes in communities around the world. This event will feature premier performances of arrangements by British composer and violinist, Sarah Hudson and Chinese composer and pianist, Samuel Louis 劉曉桐 , written for the East West Gala Chorus.
Showcase of young music and literary scholars from Hong Kong and the UK including:
- Eleanor Chu (Royal College of Music – Postgraduate in Voice)
- Jingle Lau Gawley, (Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Postgraduate Piano Accompaniment)
- Elizabeth Lai-Burke (Kingston University, London – BA Mus)
- Jennifer Wong, Poet – Author of Goldfish (Chameleon Press) and winner of the HK Young Artist Award (Literary Arts) 2014
The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival coincides roughly with the Autumn Equinox, when the day and night are of almost of equal length and the moon is at its fullest and brightest. It is celebrated in a variety of forms, especially across East Asia. Similar festivals focusing on this time of the lunar calendar and the harvest are found in cultures across the globe. On Saturday, 30 September, we will explore the themes of the Moon, Harvest and Autumn through the eyes of cultures in different parts of the world.
About the East-West Gala Chorus
A non-profit organisation, the East-West Gala Chorus provides an informal platform for singers to gain vocal training with vocal coach, Mark Oldfield. Their repertoire extends western classical music and includes new ensemble arrangements written for the group. East-West Gala Chorus was founded by Annie Pang in 2015. The group has performed opera choruses in a charity gala for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and Mulan Foundation Network at Fishmongers’ Hall and carols for the Worshipful Company of Mercers. They hold regular workshops in collaboration with guest musicians. Enquiries from new singers are always welcome.