SOAS University of London

The First London International Guqin Featival

The First London International Guqin Featival


Date: 20 August 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 26 June 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Type of Event: Summer School

The guqin, or qin, a 7-stringed zither, is a root of Chinese music, the companion of traditional literati and a UNESCO-recognised part of China’s cultural heritage.  The London Youlan Qin Society (LYQS, est. 2003) with the SOAS University of London and London Confucius Institute, proudly presents the first London International Guqin Festival. It comprises a 4-day music summer school, a 2-day conference, a Grand Yaji gathering, master classes, and concerts in London, Cambridge, Oxford and more. Featuring two of the best-known nationally listed guqin masters from China: Li Xiangting (Beijing) and Zeng Chengwei (Chengdu), with 6th generation Shu style young guqin player Zeng He, and UK virtuoso musicians including Cheng Yu, artists Edward Luper and scholar as Dr Rachel Harris (SOAS).

1. Guqin Summer School  

    Time: 10am-5pm, 21-24 August 2018

    Teachers: Prof. Zeng Chengwei, Zeng He, Dr Cheng Yu (SOAS), and Charles Tsua.  

    Classes: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels.  A 4-day course on the guqin, with seminars, demonstrations and a concert. Open to students at all levels, (limited places and instruments for hire).

    Master classes:  2-5 pm, 21 Aug. by Prof. Zeng Chengwei (non-summer school participants £25); 2-5 pm, 22 Aug. by Prof. Li Xiangting (non-summer school participants £25)

    Course fee:  £220 (£200 LYQS members and students) – includes one concert. 


2. Conference

    Time: 10am-5pm,25-26 August 2018

    Theme:  “Guqin Art and Its Revival in 21st Century” with presentations and discussions. 

    Conference fee:  £60 (£50 LYQS members, £30 students)


3. Grand Yaji

    Time: 2-6 pm, 26 August 2018

     Venue: Oriental Club, London WC1 1ES

     Content: A yaji gathering with guqin performances by attendees, and an opportunity for networking.

     Registration: Free entry. Open to the public

4. Concerts: Beyond the Strings

    1) 20 August, 7 pm, Town Hall, Oxford OX1 1BX

    2)  21 August, 7:30 pm, China Exchange, London W1D 6JA.

    3)  23 August, 7pm, Emmanuel Church, Cambridge CB2 1QY

    4) 25 August, 7:30 pm,  DLT, SOAS, London WC1H 0XG.

    5) 26 August, 7pm, DLT, SOAS, (Participants guqin concert)

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Organiser: The London Youlan Qin Society

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Contact Tel: 07786860954, 0788089600

Sponsor: SOAS University of London, London Confucius Institute