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Halle Orchestra gives masterclasses in Wuhan

CCTV.com

07-14-2016 00:56 BJT

Musicians from UK’s Halle Orchestra held a masterclass in Wuhan Monday. The orchestra is one of UK’s most prestigious and oldest orchestras that not only tours internationally but also boasts an exceptional educational outreach program.

The class started early in the morning. After a short full run-through reheasal, musicians and students were separated into five groups to work on the Mozart Divertimento K136 and Tchaikovsky Serenade for strings. On the violin is Wang Zheng Nan. The 16-year-old started playing the violin when he was just three years old and feels lucky to take part in the masterclass of 30 students.

Musicians from UK’s Halle Orchestra held a masterclass in Wuhan on Monday.

Musicians from UK’s Halle Orchestra held a masterclass in Wuhan on Monday.

“I’m used to playing by myself. Halle is a famous orchestra, and I am excited to learn how to play in orchestra. Most teachers in China emphasize the technique, the Halle masters show us the importance of understanding and interpreting the music, especially as an ensemble,” Wang said.

Lyn Fletcher is the first violin of Halle Orchestra. Though she has had Chinese students in UK, it is her first time coaching outside of the UK and certainly in China. Her patience and experience more than compensated for the language barrier.

“People here are very nice, students play very hard. Maybe because they don’t have such profound history of orchestra, students are not very much used to that,” Fletcher said.

The class started early in the morning. After a short full run-through reheasal, musicians and students were separated into 5 groups to work on the Mozart Divertimento K136 and Tchaikovsky Serenade for strings

Because of Halle Orchestra’s busy schedule, the masterclass in Wuhan had to be shortened by a day, but progress is already being made in the classrooms and at the afternoon rehearsal.

Manchester and Wuhan have been sister cities for 30 years. This masterclass is an example of a musical connection that also runs deep between the two cities. More exchanges are in the pipeline and will no doubt facilitate further understanding between people in the UK and China.

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