Joining the Mandarin Voices & Choir News

About the Choir

The Choir works on a festival format, performing up to three concerts a year with our next concert scheduled for 29 September 2018. Singers are expected to download and learn scores in their own time, with rehearsals reserved for polishing the final piece. Rehearsals will be held in central West London in the two months leading up to the concert date. For each concert there will be up to six rehearsals, three mandatory & three optionals

The Mandarin Voices is seeking members who have a musical background 

Joining the choir

Please complete the online APPLICATION form, below & email Theresa on to let us know that you wish to join. Please ensure you include enough detail regarding your choral experience to give us an adequate understanding of your singing ability. 

Once we have approved your application, please pay using the paypal button above. If you wish to pay Chopsticks Club Membership price, please also click on the JOIN the CHOPSTICKS CLUB button below as well and complete your membership of the Club at the same time. 

 In some instances we may wish to audition you, to make sure we maintain the high standard of singing for a project based choir. An ability to sight read western music is essential. Ability to pronounce mandarin is only preferable. It is no different to singing in any other language, eg: Latin, Italian or German.

Should your application be successful, we will be sending you downloadable scores.

To apply to the Mandarin Voices Choir, please fill out this Application Form

Choir Fees

Annual membership 

  •  £50.00 (Non Chopsticks Club Members) or 
  •  £25 (Current Chopsticks Club Members) 
  •  £20 Student Chopsticks Member 
  •  £25 Student Non Member 

 All fees below include paypal fees of 3.4% & £0.20/transaction. 

The membership fee helps us to cover the expenses of the concert including the venue hire.  

Choral Rates

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Or for those with WeChat pay wallets registered using a Chinese ID card, you can scan & pay using the QR code below. Prices are as above but without paypal fees.

Choir Members ONLY - concert Saturday 29 September - rehearsals, music & dress code


Optional Rehearsals
Wednesday 12 September – taken by Wang Chen – 6.30-8.30pm 
Tuesday 18 September – taken by Wang Chen – 6.30pm- 8.30pm 
Monday 24 September - 6,30pm-9pm - St James's Church Paddington W2 3UD - led by Wang Chen

Mandatory Rehearsals  
Thursday 27 September - 6.30pm - 9pm - St James's Church Paddington, W2 3UD - led by Nick Smith 
Friday 28 September - 6.30pm - 9pm - St James's Church, Paddington led by Hannah Quinn 
Saturday 29 September - 10.00-4pm - pre concert at the Cadogan Hall - led by Nicholas Smith 
Saturday 29 September - 7.30pm - 9.30pm - Concert 

Dress Code for the Concert 

Men - black tie Women - single coloured, ankle length dresses - bright colours preferably 

Please download the music using the button below. Please print the score and place in a black folder for use at the concert 

Music for the concert

UK premiere of Dao - He Shaoying
Global premiere of Love, Friendship & Longing  - to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Chopsticks Club

The Works 

Dao - background to the composition Daoism, as laid down by Laozi & his followers, is one of the world’s philosophical treasures, which comments on everything from geography and the natural world to politics and military matters, as well as serving as a guide to everyday life and how to govern a nation. 

The Composer believes that music is the form of art that comes closest to Laozi’s philosophy and that the understanding made possible by music is reached in the same way as Laozi’s teachings. The only difference is that Laozi used language, while this work uses musical notation. The composer hopes that this piece will be able to convey Laozi’s philosophy to the world. A single piece of music is incapable of encompassing Daoism’s entirety, so this composition focuses on its essence – the Dao – which is explored in three movements: 

  • First Movement ‘Laozi’s View of the Universe’ 
  • Second Movement 'Laozi’s View of Nature’ 
  • Third Movement ‘A Return to the Origin’ – describes the penalties for violating the Dao (the Way) and how there must always be a return to the origin. 

About He Shaoying 

He Shaoying is one of China’s most creative contemporary composers and best known in China for his settings for piano of Chinese folksongs, and his tireless research into China’s remaining folksong heritage. Shaoying has also written a fine concerto for erhu, piano and orchestra. Dao is, so far, his only major choral work. He is an editor at the People’s Music Publishing House, and a member of the Chinese Musicians Association. Over the past few decades, he has focused on symphonic and chamber music forms, and has met with considerable success. His many compositions have been acclaimed in China and overseas. Shaoying wishes to share the riches of China’s musical heritage and lend his expertise to the expression of China’s most primitive musical traditions in symphonic and sonata forms. 

Love, Friendship and Longing – a cycle of Tang dynasty love poems set to music, by Nicholas Smith, inspired by Brahms’ Liebeslieder (‘Love songs’) Waltzes, sung by every Victorian middle class family. Smith has created a composition that people can sing at home or perform for their friends. Understanding Tang dynasty poems is part of the essence of being Chinese. Those without this understanding are considered uneducated & every Chinese child is taught these poems almost as soon as they can speak.  

Improve your singing & mandarin with lessons

It's not just the Mandarin Voices Choir that will help you improve your singing and mandarin skills. 
Join Chopsticks Club member and professional opera singer, Wang Chen at St Martin's in the Fields Church, (Bishop Ming Hua Hall) Trafalgar Square, and sing in Chinese on Thursday evenings between 6.45pm - 8pm
Each session costs £10 for a one hour lesson (£7 for students). 

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