University of Birmingham welcomes the Chinese Year of the Rooster

The University of Birmingham’s China Institute will mark the Chinese New Year with the help of three world-class musicians.

Pianist Di Xiao, cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and harpist Eleanor Turner are performing in the University’s Bramall Music Building on Friday 20 January 2017.

The musical trio will help to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rooster in the Elgar Concert Hall with traditional Chinese music to transport the audience to the land of dragons and emperors, as well as European classical pieces.

This celebration concert will offer a unique and exciting programme with the combination of Piano, Cello, Harp and the Chinese traditional 21 string instrument ‘Zheng’, combining western and eastern repertoires,  as well as the artists own compositions and arrangements.

The concert highlights the University’s engagement with China, which ranges from research collaborations with some of China’s best universities to working alongside the municipal government in Guangzhou.

Birmingham’s relationship with China dates back to the foundation of the University. In fact, the first Chinese student joined the University in 1907 and there are now over [14,000] Chinese alumni.

The University of Birmingham launched its China Institute in 2012 to gather together its wide-ranging research activities with Chinese partners and encourage inter-disciplinary research across the University that focuses on China. In addition to the Birmingham-based Institute, the University established a presence in Shanghai in 2009 and opened the Guangzhou Centre in 2011, to host its activities in China.

Professor Jon Frampton, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (China) and Director of the China Institute, said: “Chinese New Year offers the perfect opportunity for the University of Birmingham to reflect upon our proud and longstanding relationship with China, which spans over 100 years.

“Our celebration also gives us the chance to bring together people from the diverse communities in the University, as well as further afield in the city, which have an interest in Chinese culture and working with Chinese partners.”

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