The Philharmonia and conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concert returns to mark the Year of the Dog on March 1.

For 2018, the programme will include Huanzhi Li’s Spring Festival Overture, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor and Beethoven’s Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra.

Long Yu, the artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, is one of China’s most respected musicians and a founder of the Beijing Music Festival. He has been honoured in France with the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and in Germany with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, among other international awards.

Soloist will be the prodigy Serena Wang, 13, who began studying the piano under Sumi Nagasawa at the age of four. In 2010, at the age of five, she became the youngest ever prize-winner in the Bach Piano Competition held by Berkeley University.

Aged 10, Wang performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 in C major with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under the baton of internationally celebrated conductor Zubin Mehta.

Joining Yu and Wang will be the Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir, making its European debut.

This remarkable choir was first established in the 1930s in a remote region of the southern China highlands and performs Western and Chinese music in traditional Miao costume. The choir will be singing four Yunnan folksongs as well as Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

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