Monday, 22 October 2018 - Monday, 22 October 2018

2018 Three Tour Performance

Location: Lecture Theatre, Science Building, Royal Botanic Gardens, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR Duration: Approximately 90 miutes Register here
Shandong University Orchestra Shandong University Orchestra

You are cordially invited to join us on Monday 22nd October 2018 at the Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh to enjoy the 2018 Three Tour Performance. There will be 15 musicians who are visiting us from Shandong University who will provide a performance of traditional Chinese music, the programme for the evening is as follows:

Folk Ensemble: Song of Joy in the Field

Composer: Ren Baozhen

Player: Fine Arts School of Shandong University

William Wordsworth, a major English Romantic poet has written these lines about spring: “Through primrose tufts, in that green bower, The periwinkle trailed its wreaths; And ’tis my faith that every flower Enjoys the air it breathes...If this belief from heaven be sent, If such be Nature’s holy plan, Have I not reason to lament What man has made of man?” Both Chinese and British are grateful to the unselfish gifts bestowed by the countryside and nature. The playing of Flute and Erhu, and their vivid imitations of human voices embody the wisdom and humour of Chinese traditional arts.



Flute solo and the band: the Merry Song of the Yi River

Composer: Qu Xiang

Player: Song Zihan

There is always a river flowing quietly in people’s heart everywhere. It might be roaring as the Yangtze River, might be gender as The Thames. Every time we think of her, the softest corner in the heart could be easily touched. In Shandong, the hometown of Confucius, there is as well a marvellous river called the Yi River. We sing a song of praise to her by playing the magic flute made of bamboo and reed. Please enjoy “the Merry Song of the Yi River”.


Sheng solo: A Boat Song of Weishan Lake

Composer: Xiao Jiang, Mu Shanping

Player: Liu Yingxin

Have you been to the island of Avalon? Have you been to the paradise of Eden? In Shandong, there is a place filled with so many red lotuses, blue waves, fishes and shrimps that the language of the poet pales in comparison. Look, this instrument is the incarnation of the legendary phoenix who has probably perched there. Listen, this melody is the fishing song of the harvest. Welcome to Weishan Lake and let’s enjoy “A Boat Song of Weishan Lake”.


Erhu solo: A Flower

Composer: Ren Tongxiang

Adapted by: Zhang Shiye

Player: Li Jingyi

As a piece of Shandong folk music, “A Flower” fairly shares elements with the local colour of Shandong area, impressing audiences with its sonorous voice and tragically stirring tune. The self-improvement and sheer tenacity of Shandong people have been well displayed in Shakespeare’s words: “I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace.”


Dulcimer solo: The General’s Command

Qupai of dulcimer in Sichuan

Organized by: Xiang Zuhua, Li Xiaoyuan

Player: Mei Jing

“The General’s Command” originated from the royal music of the Tang Dynasty and has come down more than 1,000 years. This music shows the dignity and solemn of the ancient general when he commands his military units in the tents, his vigour and agility on the military expedition, and the fierceness and tension of the war.


Solo of percussion instruments: Like Pines, the Wind

Composer: Zhang Yangsheng

Player: Zhao Yaxin

O wild West Wind, thou breathe of autumn’s being!” When rhythm of life swells by a gust of wind, boundless expanses of wilderness become a battlefield for life in the thunder of drums. Furthermore, a howling gale becomes the evergreen in the metallic crash. Please listen! Feel the power of the rhythm and the colours of the wind.


Folk Ensemble: Confucius Capriccio

Composer: Qu Xiang

Player: Fine Arts School of Shandong University

This piece of music recounts the life stories of Confucius as traveling the whole China, promoting his theory, teaching and educating people in the fine melody with Chinese characteristics. As a great thinker, he pins his hopes on the lofty ideal that benevolence will bring peace and order in troubled times. OK now let’s enjoy “Confucius Capriccio”


Folk Ensemble: Outlaws’ Song

Composer: Zhao Jiping

Player: Fine Arts School of Shandong University

Known as Chinese Robin Hood occupying Liangshan Marsh, they are a band of 108 valiant and bold outlaws from Shandong. Free and ease at eating and drinking, they keep faith with the manifesto “delivering justice on Heaven's behalf” written on their erected flag in apricot. Based on the folk elements prevailing in Shandong, this theme song has vividly immortalized the bravery and boldness of these outlaws in Liangshan Marsh.


Folk EnsembleBritish Folk Song Series

Player: Fine Arts School of Shandong University

The friendship between China and Britain has a long history and many famous British folk songs become household names in China. In order to celebrate China-UK friendship, Fine Arts School of Shandong University specially adapts several British folk songs and will perform them on the Chinese folk instruments for the concert. Two different cultures are going to collide in an unexpected way. So let’s see what happens?


EnsembleBlooming Flowers and Full Moon

Composer: Peng Xiuwen

Player: Fine Arts School of Shandong University

This is one piece of Chinese classic folk music, a household name at many concerts. Reserved and indirect, Chinese usually pin their emotions and blessings on beautiful sights. Here we’d like to extend our sincere and best regards to you specially by displying the blooming flowers and full moon in this classic folk music.

The concert will begin at 7pm and will last approximately an hour and half.

To confirm your attendance please register on Eventbrite so that we know how many people will be attending.


We look forward to seeing you on the night.