Lady Lever: Chinese Cultural Events 2011

Chinese cultural events at Lady Lever Gallery

Zi Lan Liao, who recorded music for the Oscar-winning blockbuster The Last Emperor, is among top performers appearing in a series of free summer lunchtime workshops at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

As well as collaborating with Peter Gabriel, Nigel Kennedy, Jah Wobble and other internationally-known artists, she finds time to assist Liverpool’s Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra and Dance Group.

Zi Lan will introduce the guzheng (Chinese harp), talk about its history and perform music more than 2,000 years old at 1 pm on Saturday 6 August 2011.

Her visit is just one of a series of exciting Sounding Out Art events revealing the amazing world of Chinese music and arts. They are suitable for all ages and no booking is necessary. All start at 1 pm and last between one and three hours.

There will also be mask and puppet-making and Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting. The events help to interpret the stunning collection of Chinese art amassed by soap mogul William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme.

Another high spot is a performance by the Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra on Saturday 2 July. The orchestra – directed by Kui Hsiung Li – is the first and largest Chinese youth orchestra in Europe.

The award-winning orchestra teaches young people how to play traditional Chinese musical instruments and offers a programme of training and performance opportunities throughout the year.

Mr Li will also be visiting this Saturday 18 June and on Saturday 16 July with his hour-long Making Music interactive workshop. Visitors learn about Chinese music and join in with the percussion performance.

Dragons in Chinese Art workshops are also available for primary schools to book during June and July.

More details of all the workshops and events:

The full list of workshops:

Saturday 18 June: Making Music (1 – 2 pm) and Beware Dragons! (1 – 4 pm) – make a Chinese dragon mask to take home.

Sunday 19 June: Beware Dragons! (1 – 4 pm).

Saturday 2 July: Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra (1 – 2 pm) and Elephants Everywhere (1 – 4 pm) – make an elephant finger puppet to take home.

Saturday 16 July: Making Music (1 – 2 pm), Elephants Everywhere (1 – 4 pm) and Chinese Calligraphy (1 – 2 pm) – try your hand at Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting.

Sunday 24 July: Elephants Everywhere (1 – 4 pm) .

Tuesday 26 July and Wednesday 27 July: Drawing Sound (1 – 4 pm) – art workshop inspired by music.

Monday 1 August: Beware Dragons! (1 – 4 pm).

Saturday 6 August: Zi Lan Liao and Guzheng Ensemble (1 – 2 pm) and Beware Dragons! (1 – 4 pm).

Dragons in Chinese Art is available for primary schools during selected dates in June and July. Booking enquiries 0151 478 4788.

Sounding out Art is supported by Rathbone Investment Management which has more than 700 employees in 11 UK locations and at 5 April 2011 had over £15 billion in funds under management.

Eleanor McCormack, marketing executive, says: “Rathbones is delighted to be involved in Sounding Out Art. The team at the Lady Lever / National Museums have put together a really imaginative and creative programme that will be a great experience for people of all ages.”