Music From A Foreign Land

Music from a Foreign Land introduces the music and musicians of different cultures through creative workshops and performances. Launched in 2004, this programme has already focussed on indigenous music from Asia, Africa, South & Central America and Easter Europe.

Our last programme  focussed on the Music of China and ran in April 2011 and was split into three projects.

Music of China

Nov 2010 - April 2011

It was launched in November 2010 when Jiafeng Chen & Alexis White introduced pupils from Queen Katherine School, Kendal, Windermere School, and Lakes School (Troutbeck Bridge) to the scales and structures of traditional Chinese music.The duo also gave a public performance in the recently reopened Ambleside Parish Church.

Our second project brought Chinese ribbon dance to primary schools in Kendal. This dance originated in China around 2,000 years ago. With its gentle floating movements and brightly coloured silk ribbons, it still is a widely performed and beautiful form of traditional dance, favoured particularly during Chinese New Year celebrations. Pupils will have a chance to see a colourful demonstration of the dance, with dancer Jih-Wen Yeh dressed in stunning costumes. Jih-Wen's school workshops will culminate on Friday 11 February in a public performance by Jih-Wen, including demonstration performances by children involved in the workshops. For a short review, see the short video on our vimeo site.

Our final project saw us working with Manchester Chinese Arts Centre in a programme which will give secondary pupils across South Lakeland opportunities to hear and play traditional Chinese musical instruments for the first time. Further details will appear here shortly.


Getting involved

If your school (or community group) would like to be involved in a future Music from a Foreign Land programme please contact Andrew Lucas, LDSM Senior Executive Officer.