With classical pianist Didi Xiao, cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Face changing artist Shui Zhao and Chinese traditional dancer Dan Dun.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year's day and welcome the year of Pig, join musicians Di Xiao, Jiaxin Cheng, Shuai Zhao and dancer Dan Dun for an afternoon concert that captures the anticipation of the Chinese Spring festival and includes a rare opportunity to see Sichuan face changing opera techniques in the Symphony Hall.
With a programme curated by pianist Di Xiao ,will blend the piano, cello and traditional Chinese instruments as well as feature spectacular Sichuan face changing performance that allow audiences to feel the full sense of anticipation ahead of the Chinese Spring festival, the most significant celebration in China.
Rarely seen in the UK, face changing is the highlight of the Sichuan opera. The art form is so highly specialised that there are only around 200 face-changing artists who can perform this traditional form in the whole China. Do not miss the chance to experience this in the Birmingham Symphony Hall .
The afternoon is part of The Bridge Project, a concert tour developed by Di Xiao and funded by Arts Council England designed to break down perceptions by throwing Western music, Chinese culture and the visual arts together for dramatic effect. Audiences will be left excited and inspired as the collision of the familiar with the unexpected create new forms of arts.
Admission: Free. We suggest a donation of £5 if you are able to contribute this sum.
Described as “a pianist of awesome gifts” Di Xiao’s international career started at 17 when she played for the Malaysian Royal Family in Kuala Lumpur. In 2009 Di was selected as the UK’s representative to the universally acclaimed European Concert Halls Organisation (ECHO) Rising Stars series which took her to some of the World's most prestigious concert halls. Following her Cologne Philharmonie recital the press stated that “Xiao presents a demanding programme that takes your breath away.”
In 2017 Di was awarded a " Ten most outstanding Chinese in the UK" by Big Ben Awards. In 2014 Di was awarded a 'distinguished contribution to Culture and arts' by the Mulan foundation(UK), and Honourable Professorships by Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatoire and Shanxi University (China). She held teaching position at the BCU Birmingham Conservatoire since 2007.
Media appearances include Woman's Hour (BBC Radio 4), In Tune (BBC 3) and Classic FM. TV Phoenix made a documentary on Di's musical journey in 2012. www.dixiao.co.uk