Last Sunday, 1st September 2019, the Brighton Chinese Centre, CEDP was lit up by a Family Music Showcase stacked with a roller-coaster of variety.

Extremely talented musicians and artists between the ages of seven and seventeen performed a number of musical pieces, as well as a poetry reading in French, accompanied by a display of art to enhance the story – all under the guidance of Adam Davis and compared by Yafei Wu.

Adam Davis is a gifted bi-lingual musician (French mother – English father) who composes and performs in both languages. He has  a great deal of experience in directing choirs. He is currently studying Mandarin at the CEDP and with LSE Confucius Institute in the interests of translating his songs into Chinese.

Yafei is a brilliant student of media, often called upon to host prominent events.

The show opened with a fascinating performance by Alice on the Guzheng, a traditional Chinese zither. This was followed by Nancy’s Moonlight Mood, a beautifully worked classical piano piece.

William’s spirited piano rendition of the The Pink Panther was supported by Adam on saxophone, for that extra bluesy feel – the tempo rising even more when Alice returned with her lively flute version of Mama Mia.

A powerful contrast was created with Charlotte’s flute interpretation of 渔舟唱晚 Fishing Boat in The Evening, a Chinese folk piece, was exquisitely smooth and calming.

Max’s talented solo eased the audience into the world of classical violin. Then Eason’s very cool guitar interpretation of Summer’s End, composed by Adam especially for the showcase, re-introduced a note of modern ‘chill’.

Amelia’s very powerful vocal Mandarin rendering of  雪花的快乐, If I Was a Snowflake, lifted the tempo once again and was followed by Max’s well-timed and clear recitation of Le Chemin de l’école, a French poem, accompanied by Eric’s artistic interpretation of the story.

Cici sang  a brave and captivating acapella of 但愿人长久. Finally, Adam performed a stunning rendition of 贝加尔湖畔, Lake Baikal, by Li Jian, an alumni of Tsinghua University, Beijing. This was followed by Message, one of Adam’s own songs translated into Mandarin, which he had the privilege of singing live at Tsinghua’s graduation ceremony while he was studying there in July.

To round off the afternoon, there were refreshments and a raffle with lots of prizes – which gave everyone, including the audience, a chance to participate in the fun.

The CEDP hopes to host more of these events in the future. With this in mind, we have asked Adam to run a weekly choir and performance workshop – to coach singing and performance techniques in a modern style, all in a relaxed and friendly environment. It will be open to children and young people of varying abilities, leading up to an end of term concert.

Photography courtesy of Zhe Zhou and Max Liu.

For enquiries regarding the workshops and taking part in future events, please email: info@cedp.org.uk