On Friday 17th September 2021, we were delighted to host a very special online concert in celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival. Talented performers from across came together for Music in the Moonlight, and hour of Chinese music and song.

Haihao Zhao supported the concert as a volunteer, and shares her highlights of the event here:

Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals, is a day when friends and families reunite. On 17th September 2021, Ricefield Arts hosted a one-hour online concert, introducing wonderful music including classical opera and modern songs to over 100 attendees from across the world.

The event was organised by Ricefield Arts, in partnership with the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow, Wing Hong Chinese Elderly Centre and Harmony Ensemble. At the beginning of the event, Else Kek, Chairperson of Ricefield Arts, and Nathan Woolley, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow sent us their holiday wishes.

The first performance, by Harmony Ensemble, featured the famous classic song ‘The Moon Represents My Heart’ and a Tang Dynasty poem ‘Recalling Jiangnan’. One audience member said, “I always wanted to know the name of this song because I really loved it when I heard it somewhere.”

Next, Ling Guo, Co-Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow told us more about the traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival. We learned about the origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival and the most important customs: eating mooncakes and watching the Moon, as a symbol of harmony and unity.

Eddie McGuire then impressed us with his amazing dizi (bamboo flute) skills. ‘Panda Dance’, ‘The Dark Island’ and ‘Radiant with Joy’ had all the attendees in high spirits, even their pets: “My dog is howling in the background with Eddie.” 

Accompanied by violin, drums, and the traditional Chinese instrument zhongruan, Fong Liu and her son Robin Lumby presented three Chinese folk songs: ‘A Half Moon Rising’, ‘Jasmine Flower’, one the most famous pieces of Chinese music and, ‘The Love Song of Kangding’. The beautiful songs and melodies let us feel calm and joyful in the warm night.

Amy Li-Man, Centre Manager of Wing Hong Chinese Elderly Centre showed us how the local Chinese elderly community celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival. Especially in this uncertain period of pandemic, the wellbeing and health of elderly are vitally important.

Then was an opportunity to learn more about Chinese Opera by listening to Quan Gu’s performance ‘Flower Duet’ in Huangmei opera-style. The performance was intriguing: he could sing in both male voice and female voices, acting as a man farming and a woman weaving.

Alongside the traditional Chinese music, Linfeng Wang, a singer, composer and music producer also brought us two pop songs: an original song ‘Pieces of Memory’ expressing his affection to parents and ‘Suddenly Missing You So Badly’ from popular Chinese band Mayday, recalling the beautiful memories of first love.

The last act, performed by Else Kek, combined ‘Whisper of Pipa’ and the poem ‘Moonlight of My Hometown Tonight’. With the melodic pipa sound, the harmony expressed the feelings of missing family far away. 

Watch more Music in the Moonlight highlights here:

Thanks to our event partners the Confucius Institute and the University of Glasgow, Wing Hong Chinese Elderly Centre and Harmony Ensemble for their support.

Our engagement activities are funded by Glasgow City Council’s Glasgow Communities Fund.