The Power of Music

Music has power. Preceding both spoken and written language, the music of every culture reflects their indigenous spirits. Music travelled with the many people who have been displaced and through music they were able to keep their cultures alive. Music [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | September 11th, 2012
Breaking boundaries – Nadia Boulanger

In Woody Allen’s movie, ‘Midnight in Paris’, Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) travelled back to Paris in the 1920s and encountered Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald etc. If I had a chance, I would have [...] more >>

by Jenny Lee | July 12th, 2012
Chinese Sense and Sensibility

We are a country full of surprises. In response to the UK NOW FESTIVAL campaign in China, the 2012 Beijing Music festival had plans to adopt a British theme. The organiser’s original ambition had been to feature a dream line-up [...] more >>

by Zoey | May 31st, 2012
Make Money or Art?

Within the first two months of 2012, China has hosted the London Phil, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Philharmonia, St Martin in the Fields and the [...] more >>

by Zoey | April 23rd, 2012
Boosting China’s Cultural Power

One can’t help but notice the new major policy unveiled in 2011 and continuing well into 2012 – the supreme importance of strengthening Chinese culture. At the end of last year, President Hu published an essay in which he drew [...] more >>

by Zoey | March 29th, 2012
Bringing Chinese musicians closer to the world stage

Amid all the talk of China’s growing appetite for classical music, there are now concrete examples of just how promising this scene is. The New York Philharmonic recently signed an agreement with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to collaborate on a [...] more >>

by Zoey | November 7th, 2011
Sala Sao Paulo: travelling in music

The main concert hall in Sao Paulo is housed in a converted train station. The station still works – it serves line 8, which crosses the city. As you approach it, in the decadent downtown area, Julio Prestes Station appears [...] more >>

by Marco Moraes | October 21st, 2011
Orchestra in the mall

It is Proms season again. But I am not going to describe any of those splendid concerts staged at the Royal Albert Hall. I just want to talk about a free live concert held on June 21 by the BBC [...] more >>

by Zoey | September 23rd, 2011