In early July 2016, we embarked on an amazing tour of China, performing in Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing.
Prior to our travels, Sir Mark discusses the Tour:
We were blessed with the warm welcome from local partners in China, and performed five concerts in the beautiful surroundings of the Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Beijing Centre for the Performing Arts.
Our orchestral leader Lyn Fletcher was also able to give a masterclass to students at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music. Find out more here:
As part of the Shakespeare Lives Festival (marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death) we included a number of Shakespeare-inspired works within our programmes. Dvořák’s Overture: Othello, Berlioz’s Overture: Le Roi Lear and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream all featured, as well as Walton’s Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario with performances by actors Tom McKay and Malcolm Sinclair. We also performed Roman Benedict’s arrangement of a traditional Chinese fishing tune, and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with celebrated soloist Jian Wang, whom we have performed with on numerous occasions in the UK. Also, big thanks to the local musicians who performed with us on our travels.
We’re incredibly grateful for support from Cathay Pacific Airways, who have recently launched a direct flight from Manchester Airport to Hong Kong and onwards to China, Australia and Asia. We are also grateful to our Principal Sponsor Manchester Airport, who support all the Hallé’s international touring, and to the British Council. It was a monumental task to overcome the logistics and required meticulous planning as well as team effort.
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