1. Strobolight EXPO Tour
Strobolight is a 4-piece indie / post rock band from Oxford. The four members met while studying at Oxford University. Strobolight reject verse-chorus song structures in favour of a more classical approach, often with non-repeating phrases. Vocals are featured sparingly as the material focuses on catchy instrumental phrases and dynamics. Strobolight has been invited by the British Council to perform at the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo, and they will also be performing at the World Expo Music Festival. Please click here to read more.
Strobolight Expo Tour Date and Venue:
14th July 20:00, World Expo Music Festival (30 minutes)
15th July 19:30, UK Pavilion (45 minutes)
16th July 19:30, UK Pavilion (45 minutes)
17th July 18:00, World Expo Music Festival (30 minutes)
2. AirplayUK The Ultimate Screening China Tour (Free Events!)
The ultimate version of AirplayUK includes the most creative and entertaining UK music videos from the previous four editions. This time around we have the best 20 videos featuring a wide range of artists, music and visual styles, from live action band performance videos to entirely CGI-created animated wonderscapes. Please click here to read more.
China Academy of Art (Xiangshan Campus)
Time: 18:00 – 20:00, Sunday, 20 June 2010
Venue: No.352 Zhuantang Xiangshan, Auditorium, Media & Animation Institute, Xiangshan Campus
China Academy of Art (Nanshan Campus)
Time: 18:00 – 20:00, Monday, 21 June 2010
Venue: No.218 Nanshan Road, Auditorium, Nanshan Campus
2010 Dragon Design Festival
Time: 9:30 – 12:00, Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Venue: Hall No.7, 2F World Expo Centre, Dalian
3. The King’s Singers 2010 China Tour
Described as "voices of spun gold" (BBC Music Magazine), The King’s Singers were formed by six choral scholars from King's College in Cambridge in 1968. With a discography of well over 150 recordings The King’s Singers have garnered both awards and significant critical acclaim. The ensemble’s pot-on intonation, their impeccable vocal blend, the flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing always delight their widespread and enthusiastic fan base. Please click here to read more.
Time: 19:30, Friday 25 June 2010
Venue: Shanghai Concert Hall
Time: 19:30, Saturday 26 June 2010
Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts
Time: 20:00, Sunday 27 June 2010
Venue: Shenzhen Concert Hall
Date: 20:00, Monday 28 June 2010
Venue: Symphony Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou
4. BBC Symphony Orchestra 2010 China Tour
BBC Symphony Orchestra is the leading symphony orchestra in Britain. BBC stands for the British Broadcasting Corporation. It owns many world-class symphony orchestras, among which BBC symphony orchestra is of no doubt the best orchestra with the highest reputation. Please click here to read more.
5. Britpop Comes to China
This unique event brought together the best of live Rock’n’Roll music from the UK and China. Puressence have been touted as Manchester’s finest guitar band – not bad for a city that gave birth to bands such as Oasis and The Smiths. Fresh from a sell out 10 date UK and Greece tour, Puressence played China for the first time. Featuring a very special guest - legendary bass player from The Stone Roses and Primal Scream – Mani who performed an exclusive DJ set. Please click here to read more.
6. DJ Shackleton Live in Beijing
He’s known as one of the biggest names on the global dub scene, but Shackleton's oblique take on big basslines and complex beats with grime and electro influences doesn't fit easily into genre categories. Taking influences from the UK’s dubstep sound, Berlin’s techno expertise and drum and percussion rhythms from every corner of the globe, Shackleton carves out his own brand of eclecticism with intricate, snaking percussion, hypnotic melodies, seriously deep bass lines and dubwise sensibilities. Please click here to read more.
7. Philharmonia Orchestra 2010 Shanghai Concert
The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. Acknowledged as the UK’s foremost musical pioneer, with an extraordinary recording legacy, the Philharmonia leads the field for its quality of playing, and for its innovative approach to audience development, residencies, music education and the use of new technologies in reaching a global audience. Please click here to read more.
8. Howell Girls' Choir - Concert in Beijing
The choir from Cardiff, Wales consists of forty enthusiastic members from 15 to 18 years of age. They have enjoyed successes in competitions and have performed with many eminent artists including the BBC Singers, the London Adventist Chorale, Crispian Steele Perkins, Karl Jenkins, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aled Jones, the King’s Singers, Owen Arwel Hughes, Sir James and Lady Galway, Sir Willard White and Hayley Westenra. The choir regularly appears on television and in 2007 produced a well-reviewed CD, Let’s Celebrate Christmas, in conjunction with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Please click here to read more.
9. 1m2 Shanghai - South Railway Station Workshops
It is the final decision that the current “1 square-mile” will be held within the one square mile area in Shanghai South Railway Station. That is decided after taking the colourfulness and variegation of the civil functions, population distribution and behaviour pattern of citizens into consideration as well as the planning for the station’s historical, present and future situation. Please click here and read more.
10. The First Annual InMusic Festival
This August, InMusic magazine will hold the first InMusic Festival on the Zhangbei Grassland. A diverse collection of musicians, including British Trip-Hop legend Tricky, Swedish rock icon The Soundtrack of Our Lives (TSOOL), Little Dragon and local rock hero Xu Wei, along with entertainment of all kinds will make the InMusic Festival the highlight of the summer. Please click here to read more.
11. The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra China Tour
The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra was founded in August 1982 by Wallace and Lex Galbraith, who are both string instrument tutors in Ayrshire in South West Scotland, with the aim of encouraging and developing Scots Fiddle Music among local young musicians many of whom were, or had been their pupils. They will perform in Beijing Concert Hall on 2 July, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre on 4 July, Hangzhou Grand Theatre on 7 July and Shenzhen Concert Hall on 9 July before travelling to Hong Kong and then back to Scotland. Please click here to read more.
12. International Young Music Entrepreneur (IYME) Award
In 2009 the British Council presented the International Young Music Entrepreneur (IYME) award for the fourth time. The award seeks to champion and celebrate the importance of creative entrepreneurs working in the field of music and to showcase international innovation in music promotion using the UK as the nexus for cultural, creative and commercial exchange.Ten international finalists for the award, who will be from these countries - China, India, Kenya, Latin American region, Lithuania, Malaysia, Nigeria and Poland, visited the UK in May 2009 to undertake a common programme where they took part in valuable networking both with key UK music industry contacts and amongst their IYME peers. The programme run alongside The Great Escape music industry conference and festival. Mr Meng Jinhui of Modern Sky Records went to the UK as the winner of China region. Please click here to read more.
13. China Tour of Fidelio Trio, Northern Ireland
The Fidelio Trio perform extremely diverse repertoire throughout Europe, Asia and South Africa and frequently broadcast for BBC Radio 3. Since their South Bank debut they have appeared at FuseLeeds, Reggello Festival (Italy), West Cork Music, Belfast Festival at Queens, Royal Opera House, London, Corsham Festival, Musica Viva (Portugal) and Composer’s Choice Series, National Concert Hall, Dublin. To coincide with Fidelio Trio China tour in June, British Council will deliver a Water Music Workshop targeting music teaching artists, local community workers and school groups in partnership with Dalian Development Area Grand Theatre. It is part of the Capacity Building project. Please click here to read more.
14. British cellist/vocalist Ayanna Witter-Johnson co-presents at Nine Gates Jazz Festival with Chinese folk singer Xiao Juan
Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a composer, jazz vocalist, cellist and pianist who has developed musically from a diverse background of mixed cultures. Her compositional versatility includes writing for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, big bands, string quartets and choirs as well as songs, soundscapes and pieces for solo instruments. She works across a range of styles including jazz, classical, contemporary, R&B, soul, reggae and electro-acoustic. Please click here to read more.
15. The 2009 Shanghai World Music Festival
The 2009 Festival will be held at the Oriental Art Centre and the Century Park from 30 April to 5 May as an important part of a series of musical events in celebration of the one year countdown to the grand opening of World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. During the festival, Shrine Synchro System, an electronic world music group from the UK will bring us contemporary electronic music with a folk music element; Netsayi, a Zimbabwean jazz singer and songwriter living in the UK will present a soul journey with the past, present and future of Black music. Please click here to read more.
16. Mike TV China Tour
Hailing from the hamlets of East Hampshire and suburbs of Wolverhampton, MIKE TV have recently been very busy indeed. So far 2008 has seen a name change, a new member, a brand new 13-track album and a positively plethoric attitude towards live performances - all without losing their trademark, harmony-laden punk rock sound. Please click here to read more.
17. Sound And The City – The Anthology
Sound And The City was an innovative sound art project conceived by the British Council and realised across China between 2005-2006. The anthology was launched on 13 October 2007 at Timezone8 book store in Beijing. The book was officially launched in London at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday 21 April 2008. Please click here to read more.
18. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2008 Shanghai Concert
Founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, with his vision of bringing world-class performances of the greatest music written to the length of the country, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra continues to maintain Beecham’s legacy by offering audiences in the UK and abroad the highest possible standards of music-making, accompanied by some of the most acclaimed artists of the day. Please click here to read more.
19. RPO Beijing Taster Workshop
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best-known orchestras in the world, committed to bringing exciting music-making of the highest quality to the widest possible audience. For the last 14 years RPO musicians have been, and continue to be, actively engaged in extending their artistic work through the innovative Community and Education Programme. This vibrant programme encompasses a diverse range of community settings, working with many genres of music. Please click here to read more.
Coldcut Live In Shanghai and Beijing
(2007/12/08 & 2007/12/12 Shanghai/Beijing)
London Jazz Festival
(2007/12/22 - 2007/12/26 London)
Chongqing UK Arts Festival 07
(2007/09/30 - 2007/20/31 Chongqing)
(2007/10/02 - 2007/10/03 Beijing & 2007/10/05 Shanghai)
Nu:tone & MC Wrec Live at Vics
Beijing Pop Festival 2007
(2007/09/08 - 2007/09/09 Beijing)
Napalm Death China Tour
(2007/09/14 - 2007/09/16 Shenzhen/Shanghai/Beijing)
Klute & Stamina MC Live at Vics Club Beijing
Bacardi Sino Session 4 -The Go!Team
(2007/06/29 – 2007/06/30 Beijing/Shanghai)
Antenna UK Contemporary Music Video Screening
(2006/05 - 2007/03 Beijing
Bacardi Sino Session 3 - Infadels and Killa Kela
(2007/06/01 – 2007/06/02 Beijing/Shanghai)
MIDI 2007 Festival
(2007/05/01 – 2007/05/04 Beijing)
Bacardi Sino Session 2 - Bugz In The Attic and Nextmen
(2007/03/15 & 2007/03/17 Beijing/Shanghai)
Bacardi Sino Session 1 - Maximo Park
(2006/12/07 & 2006/12/09 Beijing/Shanghai)
UK Arts Festival
(2006/09/28 – 2006/10/27 Chongqing)
Sound and the City
(2005 – 2006 Beijing/Shanghai/Guangzhou/Chongqing)
Rhythm UK Website
(2004 – 2005 Beijing/Shanghai/Guangzhou/Chongqing)