London Youlan Qin Society Chinese Music Summer School


Following a decade of successful Chinese music summer schools, the London Youlan Qin Society (LYQS) will focus its  course on the guqin and guzheng zithers.

The guqin, with its refined and other-worldly tones, is the quintessential instrument of the Chinese literati, and mastery of this instrument, along with calligraphy, chess and ink-painting has historically been the mark of scholarly sophistication.

The guzheng (21 string zither) has a history of over 2,000 years and is an expressive and colourful instrument which is widely loved by both Chinese and Westerners.

The summer school this year will be held at the Royal College of Music in South Kensington and offers a rare opportunity for anyone interested in learning and understanding more about these instruments and about traditional Chinese music.

We are very grateful for the kind support of the Prince’s Charities Foundation (China).

We will offer the following courses:

Guqin (7-stringed zither)
Taught by Dr Cheng Yu, who has been teaching guqin at SOAS, University of London, for 16 years, and Mr Charles Rupert Tsua, an accomplished guqin player with over 10 years of experience.

Guzheng (21-stringed zither)
Taught by Ms Chan Fungying, an experienced player who has been teaching guzheng for a number of years.

The courses will combine lectures, practice, group sessions and 1 to 1 workshops, and will finish with an end of course concert. It is open to student of all levels of experience. Places are limited, early booking is advisable (first come first served). Don’t miss it!

Dates: 23-26 August, Friday-Monday (Bank Holiday)

Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
South Kensington
London SW7 2BS

Course fee: £95 (LYQS members £80)