2014 Music from Taiwan Fundraising Concert- Spring
March 1, 2014
A selection of memorable folk music to reflect the life and times of Taiwan, a place of exceptional character. The concert is presented and produced by the Push Hands team. Push hand will donate the income to Myriad Centre to support young adults with profound physical and severe learning disabilities.
Taiwan has emerged as a food paradise and an isle of innovation. Its distinct multicultural character reflects the traditions of successive settlers from Spain, the Netherlands and Japan, combined with a mix of indigenous people and a strong lineage from Mainland China. Taiwanese music not only embodies these disparate traditions, but also the country's recent history.
Many songs such as “The Moon Speaks of My Heart”, and “Cloudy Sky” (click to see the programme) have been woven into the fabric of the community and almost every Taiwanese person can hum at least one tune.
Our programme features Taiwanese folk music from the 1940s. This was a critical time for the Taiwanese people. The end of 50-years Japanese control sparked the beginning of a revival for Taiwan and its people. Not only had this relieved the pain of separation from friends and families, but also it had given the Taiwanese people a long overdue freedom to speak liberally and act without the imposition of foreign ways.
The folk music had been the invisible hand to support the Taiwanese people through the turbulence and inspire others to stay hopeful. The Push Hands team has invited six talented young musicians (click to see our musicians) to perform a unique concert of evocative Taiwanese folk music from this era.
This is the first event that the Push Hands team is holding in an effort to help people in need. On this occasion the charity we are supporting is The Myriad Centre ( read more about the Myriad Cente) which has been working with young people who have complex disabilities since 2007. 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.
In the end, we have raised nearly four thousand pounds and donated to The Myraid Centre.
“Push Hands is a group of young Taiwanese living and working in the UK, who have come together under the banner of Push Hands, whose marvellous slogan is “Every push and every hand counts.” They plan to use a combination of cultural, social and sporting events to raise funds for selected charities, and tonight’s concert is their first venture. I am thrilled that the first charity to benefit from their generosity is the Myriad Centre in the centre of Worcester. ”