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. Through a programme of songs and words, the East-West Gala Chorus will share their music making with Hong Kong music and literary scholars in English, Chinese and other languages.
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, from the Christian Harvest Festival, to the Indian Purnima, and the Jewish Sukkot.
East-West Gala Chorus
A non-profit organisation, the East-West Gala Chorus offers non-professional singers the opportunity to gain vocal training with vocal coach Mark Oldfield. Singing in a variety of languages, they explore standard repertoire and works beyond the standard western musical tradition, including new ensemble arrangements written for the group. East-West Gala Chorus was founded by Annie Pang in 2015 to perform opera choruses in a charity gala for the Lord Mayor of the City of London at Fishmongers’ Hall, and they have since been invited to sing in a carol service for the Worshipful Company of Mercers. They hold regular workshops in London venues and new singers are always welcome to join their music making journey.