Opportunities to understand China, Chinese culture and Chinatown

Sir Tim Rice

    Sir Tim Rice spent his sixty minutes at China Exchange reflecting on his career as an English author and award-winning lyricist. He described the difficulties of making records in his early career, as it was more complicated and time consuming than today. He said that nowadays “anyone can make a CD” and there […]

Thomas Heatherwick

  During his 60 minutes China Exchange interview, British designer Thomas Heatherwick discussed his role in leading the award-winning Heatherwick Studios, his trip in Cape Town South Africa, his exhibition for the Designer Museum in London. Voted as one of the 50th best dressed people in 2015 by GQ magazine, Thomas started off his Prudential […]

Nick Mason

    Nick Mason started his Prudential Talk by speaking about his life before becoming a musician – he said that training to be an architect helped form the band. He initially completed his degree in architecture but “fell in with a bad lot” to form Pink Floyd with a few names from his course. […]

The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH

    During his sixty-minute China Exchange interview, The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH discussed his experience, and the challenges he faced as the former Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister. He referred to his background, and what inspired and motivated him to become a politician. Sir John said that when it came to […]

Kirsty Young

    During her sixty-minute China Exchange interview, Kirsty Young discussed how she broke into broadcasting, her work with UNICEF, and the variety of people she has interviewed for BBC Radio Four’s Desert Island Discs. Kirsty said that when it came to starting her career, timing had a lot to do with it. It was […]

Johnson Chang & Prof. Robert Chard

    Art expert Johnson Chang and Professor Robert Chard from Cambridge University joined us at China Exchange to explain their research project on Confucian rites. The study involves re-staging ancient rituals in order to develop our understanding of ancient codes of behaviour. Professor Chard provided a grounding in Confucianism, detailing how it affected every […]

The Duke of Marlborough

    The Duke of Marlborough discussed the challenges he has overcome and the innovations he has put in place since become the custodian of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace. When it comes to running the estate, his grace said that he has a “fantastic relationship” with his CEO, and that he goes out […]

Nicholas Parsons

    During his sixty minutes at China Exchange, Nicholas Parsons shared his memories from his childhood, stories from his early work as a comic at a theatre, and his successful broadcasting career. He said that he loves comedy and is “analytical” about it. He joked that his wife catches him listening to Just a […]

Sir Nicholas Serota

    Sir Nicholas joined us following the end of his time as the Director of Tate Galleries, and the start of his new position as Chair of the Arts Council England. During his talk, Sir Nicholas looked back on the two and a half decades he spent at Tate, which included the founding of […]

Jimmy Carr

  https://youtu.be/pRTMnJ6y14Y   Jimmy Carr started his Prudential Talk by speaking about his early career – he said that in terms of starting out London is the best place to be. He had initially worked in marketing in the oil industry, but hadn’t enjoyed it. Being a comedian, he said, is “a joyful thing to […]