Mandarin Voices Choir (formerly Chopsticks Choral Society)

We are the Mandarin Voices Choir, a project-based choir aimed at promoting Chinese choral arts and championing works by Chinese and China-related composers. 

How we work

The Choir's unique repertoire, which includes works by both Chinese composers, rarely heard in European concert halls. Through its annual concerts, the Mandarin Voices Choir aims to introduce this repertoire and sound to European audiences, and to act as a bridge between China and Europe so that deserving works in the Chinese choral repertoire can make their way into the mainstream repertoire of European choirs. The Mandarin Voices Choir is a platform for access to and the understanding of Chinese choral works. Audiences will be offered a chance to hear works that have rarely, if ever, been sung in London or Europe performed to a high standard. As part of the concert, our Artistic Director,  Nick Smith will also provide historical and stylistic insights into the music performed.  

The Choir works on a festival format, performing up to two concerts a year with our next concert scheduled for February 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.

NEXT CONCERT - Saturday 27 January 2018 -  Chinese New Year concert of Chinese Choral Music using folksong melodies & infused with jazz themes

Venue:  St James's Church, Paddington, Sussex Gardens, W2 3UD.

Performers: Canadian Jazz Pianist, David Braid
Conductor: Nicholas Smith OBE 
Choir- Mandarin Voices Choir

A unique and inspiring evening of choral music, sung in Mandarin, using Chinese folksong melodies and infused with jazz themes 


To buy tickets using the paypal button shopping cart below. All tickets include paypal fees and group tickets offer a 12% discount.

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Early Bird discounts  are available until Friday 5 January 2018

Current Paid Up Members & Choir Members: £12 & £16 + paypal fees 
Non Members - £21 & £26 + paypal fees 
Group Tickets for 10+ more people,  discount and price dependent on location

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Future Events

  • Saturday 29 September 2018 Chinese National Day Concert - venue Cadogan Hall London SW1

Artistic Director & Conductor, Nicholas Smith OBE

TO take part in either of these events, please email Theresa on and complete the  Mandarin Voices Application Form below. 

Past Events

FOR Photos & REVIEWS of oUR CONCERT on 1 October 2016

Our inaugural concert was held at the Cadogan Hall on 1st October 2016, a performance including  Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River Cantata along with a selection of other classical Chinese pieces.

The Yellow River Cantata is to Chinese choirs and audiences what Messiah is to UK choirs and audiences. Every choir in China knows this work, and everyone in China knows at least one of the tunes. This work, written by Xian Xinghai, makes extraordinarily effective use of the rhythms and cadences of Chinese folk music, which in turn spring from everyday Chinese life, to create a work that speaks directly to the Chinese, but is also universal in its appeal. This work is, above all, tuneful and emotionally accessible. Not knowing Chinese will not hamper your enjoyment of the work! 

This will be only the second performance of the Yellow River Cantata in London and will be a first step in establishing a tradition of performing this work in the UK. Just as every major city in the world has an annual performance of Messiah, this flagship Chinese choral work deserves an annual performance to evaluate its merits and stimulate a new generation of composers to react to it and create other Chinese choral masterpieces. 

December 2016 - Advent Concert December 2016 at Piccadilly Circus on an especially erected platform built around the statue of Eros

July 2017 - Singing football chants to promote Chelsea's Summer China Tour at the Chelsea FC Stadium at Stanford Bridge


How to sponsor our next concert

Click on the button below for information on how to sponsor our next concert. RIng Theresa on 020 7706 4713 for information and be sent our latest sponsor pack.


How to join us

Applications to join the Mandarin Voices Choir for future events please complete the form below. 

The Mandarin Voices Choir is seeking members who have a musical background. To apply to join our choir please download and fill out the membership form below. Please ensure you include enough detail regarding your choral experience to give us an adequate understanding of your singing ability. Should your application be successful, we will be sending you downloadable scores. Mandarin Voices Choir charges a per concert membership fee of £50.00 (Current Chopsticks Club Members) or £90 (Non Members) and Chopsticks Member student price of £20, Student Non Member price £40.00. (All fees include paypal fees of 3.4% & £0.20/transaction). This fee will help us to cover the expenses of the concert.   
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To join the Mandarin Voices Choir at Chopsticks Membership rate, and see list of Membership benefits, click on the JOIN Chopsticks Club below


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Choral Rates

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More about us

Our artistic director is Mr Nicholas Michael Smith, OBE. Mr Smith is currently the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Peking Sinfonietta and the International Festival Chorus, both based in Beijing, China. Both offer regular seasons featuring the world’s top soloists. Under Mr. Smith’s direction, the Peking Sinfonietta is now widely recognized as offering China’s most innovative programming and authentic performances, while the International Festival Chorus is acclaimed as the PRC’s best choir and the only group in mainland China working consistently to introduce the western choral-symphonic repertoire to Chinese audiences in Beijing and beyond. 

 Mr. Smith has  with many groups worldwide, including the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the China National Film Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon, Teatro Lirico di Spoleto and the choirs of Cornell University.
 Over the last 12 years, Mr. Smith has conducted and helped to bring about numerous concerts of significance to the development of western music in China, including PRC first performances of works ranging from Bach’s St John Passion to Elgar’s The Music Makers, as well as the PRC’s first ever fully staged Broadway musical Lady in the Dark which featured stars from London’s West End. 

 Mr. Smith holds a degree in music from Cambridge University, England and studied conducting and composition privately with Reginald Thompson. Mr. Smith holds both artistic and academic appointments. 

Improve your Mandarin and learn to sing at the same time

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 6.45 - 8pm.
Each session costs £10 for an hours lesson (£7 for students).
(To join the Club, click on the MEMBERS header)

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