Peace, Harmony and Martial Arts

Later this summer I’m taking the choir of Robinson College to Hong Kong, where we’ve been invited to give a concert alongside some of the brightest stars of Chinese music, including Yundi Li.  I’ve been asked to write a piece which will end the concert and draw together the brilliant young pianist Niu Niu, the wonderful singer Yang Peiyi who delighted the world at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, two outstanding violinists from Robinson College, Catherine Myerscough and Guy Button, the college Choir, and the orchestra of the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts.   If this wasn’t enough of a mix, I’ll be setting words in Chinese, written by the distinguished and enormously successful novelist Louis Cha, famous for his best-selling martial arts novels. It’s looking like a hugely exciting trip, and the commission is certainly a challenge!