Classical Music - Musicians of All Saints

Chinese conductor Wai Sing Fat will debut with the Musicians of All Saints (MAS) on Saturday when he opens their 2006-2007 season, which they’ve called ‘The Chinese Year.’ Wai Sing Fat has conducted orchestras in Hong Kong, the Czech Republic, China, England, Australia and throughout the Pacific Rim. Shirley Edwards from MAS told us “this concert is the first in a unique event for British orchestras - a year’s season in which every concert will include a work of Chinese music.” Saturday’s programme will include a work inspired by a 19th Century wax disk recording of a street musician playing the melody Hua Yanjun - “The Water Reflecting the Moon in Erquan”. This now-famous melody has been arranged for orchestra by Wu Zhu Chang. The concert will also contain works by Elgar and Stravinsky. A Chinese chamber group was supposed to accompany Wai Sing Fat, but earlier this week they had to pull out for economic reasons. Although this is a blow for the orchestra, Mr Wai will instead demonstrate some Chinese instruments including the erhu (Chinese violin) and the dizi.

MAS provide regular concerts featuring a wide variety of composers, both classical and modern. It prides itself on its repertoire which covers both well known works from famous writers and challenging new pieces, some of which are receiving their first airing. One international soloist who worked with the orchestra has called them the “South East’s best kept musical secret”. The secret’s out. KA

Baton rouge: Chinese conductor Wai Sing Fat
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes
When? 7.45pm
How Much? £8 on the door, £6 from Academy Music

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