My children’s choir has been going well this semester.  I founded it in February after the Tianjin Grand Theatre’s Mulan Children’s Choir ceased to exist (see here:, and the choir is going from strength to strength.  I absolutely couldn’t have done it without Zhou Ting Ting, and it’s been a huge learning experience for us.

July ’18 update: as a taster, you can see our first ever performance as a choir, somewhat unusually, at a celebration of Tianjin couple’s Golden wedding anniversary:


Dress rehearsal:


The performance was even better, but ruined by the sound guy, who kept the mics of the soloists on the entire time, drowning out the other children:


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Our first concert is set for July, in the theatre of the beautiful Wellington International School in Tianjin.  Alongside the choral suite from my own “opera for children’s choir” Cao Chong Weighs the Elephant (see here:, and my setting of a re-worked Gerald Manley Hopkins poem, Pied Beauty (, are pieces by Fauré, Poston, Kodaly, Vaughan Williams, Bach, Mendelssohn, Britten, Li Shutong, Huangzi and Wang Liping.