first_imgThe choir’s song bookCredit:Glenn Gratton The Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concertCredit:Glenn Gratton  Remarkably, they have perfected a varied repertoire after learning popular English Hymns and well-known musical numbers from Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Beatles.The Farmers’ Choir, part of the Miao minority ethnic group of China, is based in a remote village in the country’s Yunnan Province.Performers have learned skills passed down the generations, with their ancestors introduced to choir singing as Christianity and churches came to the village in 1937. The performance will be conducted by Long Yu, the acclaimed principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra who regularly works with the world’s leading orchestras and concert halls. The choir's song book The Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concert Telegraph readers are offered a 25 per cent discount on standard adult tickets. To book, call the Philharmonia on 0800 652 6717, book online at /2050, call the Southbank Centre on 020 3879 9555 or book online at quoting CNY25 when prompted. Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir Credit: Glenn Gratton Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir  Around 50 singers, men and women of all ages, will now perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and a selection of traditional folk songs for audiences at the Royal Festival Hall to celebrate Chinese New Year.The March 1 show comes at the end of a tour which has included concerts in Oxford, Liverpool, Birmingham and Lincoln Centre in New York, put on with support from the KT Wong Foundation to promote cultural links between UK and China. A farmer’s choir from a remote Chinese village has left its home country for the first time to star at the Royal Festival Hall, after building an unlikely repertoire practising English hymns and showtunes.The Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir is to join the Philharmonia Orchestra perform for audiences in London, decades after their ancestors learned to sing choral music under the influence of Christian missionaries.Members of the choir have received no professional training and speak limited English, having never travelled outside China before.last_img

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