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School Music Workshops – Chinese Music – London & SE England


We deliver a unique cultural experience with our hugely popular Chinese Workshop. Chinese culture goes back to ancient times and this is where we take the children. They will be fascinated to hear the myth of the Nian, a dangerous beast who comes out of hiding every spring around the time of the Chinese New Year to attack people in a village, with a preference for ‘tasty’ children. However the evil beast fears loud noises so the villagers and children are safe if they, hit drums, plates and bowls to frighten him away. This is a stunning workshop where the children themselves recreate a Chinese New year’s Parade, where they perform on Chinese drums, gongs and cymbals, operate two fifteen metre long dragons, dress up in a lion costume and perform a ribbon dance, all to celebrate the New Year and frighten away evil spirits.

Three one hour sessions are usually slotted into a day plus a presentation/assembly. We can cater for a maximum of seventy pupils in each session for this Chinese Workshop. We can also do a short introductory session for Nursery classes, who otherwise are too young to take part in the full workshop sessions. Nursery children enjoy meeting the dragons and if they are brave enough they can also stroke the lion as well.