Ideal for: All ages, all abilities (basic music reading preferred)
Takes place on: Wednesday evenings 6.30 – 8.30 beginners; 7.30-9.30 ensemble
Takes place at: The Hothouse, Morecambe
Music Leader: Rick Middleton
Cost per session: £5 per week or £45 per term in advance
Join this wonderful orchestra and prepare for performances at festivals and especially Chinese New Year! Learn how to play real Chinese instruments like the Ruan (moon guitar), Erhu (violin) or Dizi (flute). All the instruments are provided and individual tuition can be arranged.
What's it like?
The orchestra plays traditional Chinese melodies from Chinese music scores. These are actually quite simple to read once you know how! Some pieces are played in unison in a more traditional style, while others are played in more complicated multi part arrangements in the modern Western influenced style. The full range of instruments we have available are: Guzheng (harp), Yanqin (hammer dulcimer), San Xian (3 string banjo), Pipa (Lute), Ruan (lute), Erhu (2 string violin), Liuqin (Lute), Dizi (Flute). The orchestra has members of all ages and differing abilities. A basic proficiency in reading music and playing scales is a good starting point.
Here's what some of our participants have to say:
"I love doing performances and my confidence has improved a lot”, Abbie Washington (age 9)
"When I started I could only play one note - now I can play tunes with everyone in front of an audience”, Jack Liu (age 11)
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