Music Notes from Taiwan - Spring


Saturday, 1 March 2014

Our programme this Autumn features traditional folk songs, popular campus tunes as well as European classics, reflecting the mix of occidental and oriental that has always been an intriguing characteristic of Taiwan.


Before Taiwan's renown in the Asia Pacific region as an exporter of Mandopop (Mandarin pop music), it was a place of convergence of disparate cultural and political factors as the result of successive foreign settlements and sovereign disputes.


From this history arose Taiwanese folk music, a lyrical expression of daily life in Taiwan during the 1940s and 50s. As Taiwan shrugged off the remnants of control from foreign powers whilst maintaining the unique marriage of cultures that had formed as a result, folk music emerged as an expression of national identity to support communities as they rebuilt and shaped their country. Much less well known outside of the island than their contemporary music counterpart, Taiwan folk songs are dearly treasured by the people of the nation for their sentimental values and insight into a bygone age. 


The seven musicians you will see perform tonight are similarly diverse in their abilities and passions. They are among Taiwan's brightest and finest, all of whom have studied and/or performed in Taiwan and abroad, each with a dexterity of hand or vocal chord that will bring tonight's selection of music to life.


Push Hands, the organiser of tonight's concert, aims to help charities in the UK by promoting Taiwanese music and culture. Our philosophy of harmonising seemingly opposing forces encourages greater cultural integration and community empowerment. 


The Myriad Centre is an essential charity which supports young adults with profound physical and severe learning disabilities which impact greatly on mobility, communication and independent living. The charity works hard to ensure that each young person accessing the service is supported to achieve their potential as well as providing the care and support for daily life. The charity is particularly looking for support with raising their public profile and with fundraising for key projects to make a real difference to lives of the people they support.


18:00               Media reception


18:15               Door open


19:00                Opening

                          Speech of the Deputy Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK: 

                          Ms Jan Fen-Chuan Hsu

                           Lord Faulkner speech




                           Praise of Taiwan  (台灣頌)                                           Violin & Piano by Eddie & Lysianne

                           I love Taiwan (唔通嫌台灣)   

                           Fantasy Heng-Chun Melody (夢幻的恆春小調)



                           Jasmine in June (六月茉莉)                                             Cello & Piano by Melody & Belle

                          A Bird (一隻鳥仔)


45 mins

                          Rainy Night Flower (雨夜花)                                            Cello Solo by Melody

                          An Old Train Song (丟丟銅)     



                          Home Forever Home (永遠的故鄉)                                 Vocal & Piano Duet by Tai-Yu & Lysianne

                          The Sojourner (出外人) 

                          Cheers (杯底不要養金魚)


                         Moonlight Sorrow (月夜愁)                                              Flute, Cello & Piano by Becky, Melody & Lysianne

                         Thinking of You (思想起)

                         Cloudy Day  (天黑黑)                                   



15 mins            Interval



                          Drumbeats (鼓聲若響)                                                     Flute & Piano by Becky & Belle

                          Missing You (思慕的人)

                          The Moon Speak of My Heart (月亮代表我的心)    


                          A Blooming Tree (一棵開花的樹)                                    Vocal & Piano by Tai-Yu & Lysianne

45 mins            Because of the Wind (因為風的緣故)


                          Piano Trio-Folksong (鋼琴三重奏 "民謠")                      Trio Violin, Cello & Piano by Eddie, Melody & Belle

                           - First Movement

                           - Second Movement

                           - Third Movement

                           - Fourth Movement


                         Longing for the Breeze (望春風)                                     4 Hands, Strings, Flute & Singers by all Musicians







21:15               Donation Ceremony                                                        Lord Faulkner+ the Myriad Centre+Push hands


21:30               End




""Every push and every hand counts""

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