The Mid-Autumn Festival begins this weekend! And Inbetween eating mooncakes and admiring the moon - celebrations jam packed with music and dance are kicking off.
Held every year on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar, the festival is celebrated with a three day holiday in China. Traditionally, it marks harvest and celebrates the harvest moon – seen to be the brightest and fullest moon of the year.
The China Exchange, a dynamic centre promoting excellence in Chinatown, is hosting a string of events coinciding with the 3 day festival.
Amongst moon gazing and fun workshops, an evening exploring the evolution of Erhu music is taking place with celebrated Erhu player Wan Pin Chu and friends.
The Award-winning Erhuist joined us in the Sino studio today to give us the lowdown on the upcoming event. The performance is billed to create a melodic timeline starting with traditional Erhu pieces, moving into more contemporary songs, before finishing with experimental digital music accompanied by a full band.
Wan is an international award-winning Erhuist and composer from Hong Kong, who has received a full scholarship from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to study Master in Composition for Film, Television and Game.
To hear Wan discuss how he became an Erhu master, the significance of keeping traditional Chinese music alive and, most importantly, what is was like to meet Prince William - click below.