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· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Premiere of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in the UK(2017-05-15)
· H.E Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Dinner at City of London Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Ambassadorial Relations between China and the UK(2017-05-13)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Lord Sassoon, Chairman of CBBC(2017-05-11)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends and Addresses the Telegraph Business of Sport 2017(2017-05-10)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Breakfast Meeting on Illegal Wildlife Trade(2017-05-03)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Conferring Ceremony of the 2016 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad(2017-04-30)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Chairman Peter Grauer of Bloomberg L.P.(2017-04-27)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Director of Royal Museums Greenwich(2017-04-26)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Lord Hunt, Chairman of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation(2017-04-25)
· H. E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends UK Regional Final of the Sixteenth "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students(2017-04-24)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Launching Ceremony of "The British Library in China"(2017-04-22)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Charles Grant, Director of the Centre for European Reform(2017-04-22)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Wife Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of Ambassadorial Relations with Former British Ambassadors to China(2017-04-20)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and His Wife Attend the Dance Drama Marking 20 Years of Hong Kong's Return(2017-04-17)
· H. E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Roundtable(2017-04-05)
· Reception Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Establishment of China-UK Ambassadorial Relations(2017-03-30)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Lord Mayor of the City of London Andrew Parmley(2017-02-12)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and His Wife Attend the Philharmonia Orchestra's Chinese New Year Concert(2017-02-10)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Editor of the Financial Times Lionel Barber(2017-02-09)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Premiers of British Virgin Islands, British Cayman Islands and British Bermuda(2017-02-06)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Newspaper Editors of Telegraph Media Group(2017-02-05)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Holds Discussion with British Experts and Scholars(2017-01-27)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends Reception of RSC(2017-01-25)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the New Year Dinner of the Business Community in China and the UK(2017-01-22)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Visits the British Bermuda(2017-01-18)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Visits the British Cayman Islands(2017-01-14)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Visits the British Virgin Islands(2017-01-11)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Director of Chatham House Dr Robin Niblett CMG(2017-01-06)
H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Premiere of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in the UK
2017/05/15
 

   On May 14, 2017, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Madame Hu Pinghua attended the premiere of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra during its first UK tour at Cadogan Hall. More than 600 audience including British celebrities, James Williams, Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Kevin Fewster, Director of Royal Museums Greenwich and Douglas Flint, Group Chairman of HSBC watched the performance.

   The concert, conducted by Maestro Yu Long of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, opened with Four Sea Interludes from Perter Grimes by renowned British composer Benjamin Britten. Then the Orchestra, together with cellist Wang Jian and Jia Lei, the performer of Sheng, performed Duo for Sheng, cello and Orchestra created by Zhao Lin, a young Chinese composer. The piece combines traditional Chinese and Western instruments and highlights cultural integration between the Eastern and Western civilizations, which corresponds with the theme of Belt and Road Initiative.

   In the second half of the concert, the Orchestra performed Guangdong Suite by famous Chinese composer Ye Xiaogang, showcasing the melodic and lively music of Guangdong in the form of symphony. The concert finally drew a satisfactory conclusion with Stravinsky's the Firebird Suite. The audiences were enthralled by the emotional, melodious and superb interpretation by the artists. Amid the warm applauses, the artists took several curtain calls.

   Ambassador Liu visited the artists of the Orchestra after the performance. He first expressed his warm congratulations to the artists on their success. Noting the 45th anniversary of China-UK ambassadorial relations, the ambassador said the timing of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra's first UK tour with classic Chinese and British music not only demonstrated the spirit of cultural integration and mutual learning advocated by the Belt and Road Initiative, but also added to the chorus for the promotion of cooperation and deepening friendship between China and the UK. Ambassador Liu also noted that the 2017 Fortune Global Forum will be held in Guangzhou this year, and Guangdong Province will carry out a series of promotions in various countries including the UK to present a more fascinating Guangzhou to the world. The Orchestra's visit to the UK at this time creates a favorable atmosphere for the upcoming promotional activities in this country. In closing, Ambassador Liu wished the Orchestra's UK tour a complete success.

Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1957, is one of China's prestigious orchestras. In its first tour in the UK, the Orchestra will host two more concerts in Manchester and Birmingham.

Ambassador Liu meeting with artists of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra
(Second from right is conductor Yu Long, and second from left is cellist Wang Jian)

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