The ANU Chinese Classical Music Ensemble has been working in partnership with the Australia China Friendship Society ACT to raise money for Project Hope, a charity aimed at addressing disadvantage among children living in poverty in China.
The ensemble’s performance at the ANU School of Music on Sunday, 13 October 2013 was well attended by members of the Canberra community, including officials from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, and was successful in raising valuable funds and awareness of this cause.
Coordinated by School of Music Piano Major, Ci Wee Lim, the concert featured numerous works for Chinese ensemble, as well as for solo artists on Chinese classical instruments.
Head of Music, Professor Peter Tregear, said “The School of Music was absolutely delighted to be able to support the Chinese Ensemble in this event, which was not only an important cultural initiative for us, but also gives our students an opportunity to contribute their musical talents to a worthy international cause."
The Chinese Classical Music Ensemble has 14 members, including students and alumni from across ANU, who play a range of string, wind and percussion instruments. Several of these are held in the ANU School of Music’s extensive musical instrument collection, and include erhu (fiddle), pipa (lute), gu zheng (zither) and dizi (flute).
Next year, the ensemble will be directed by Emma Li Jie, a recent graduate of the Master of Music from ANU, and coordinated by Arebelle Zhang Ximian, an undergraduate student in Law and Business Administration. Its first performance for 2014 will be at the Australia China Friendship Society Lantern Festival in Commonwealth Park East on 15 February.
Photo: Ci Wee Lim, Yu Yi and Emma Li Jie perform a chamber work for erhu trio.