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Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra

Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra was formed in 1982 in Melbourne, and is the largest non-profit, registered Chinese orchestra in Australia. Its aim is to promote traditional Chinese culture and music in Australia.

Since its inception, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra has been constantly striving to raise its standards. In the past 32 years, come rain or shine, rehearsals were held every Monday at the Music Department, University of Melbourne. The goal is to achieve the best performance outcome at every concert. In order to fulfill its aim, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra regularly organizes performances and workshops at various schools and community venues to introduce Chinese musical instruments to the public. Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra is also active in charity fund-raising in aid of natural disasters and has been guests at radio stations to perform for various charity events. The orchestra’s repertoires cover both traditional and contemporary work, including new arrangements of world classics and new approaches to performing Australian folk songs.

Thanks to continuing public support, the orchestra has not only delivered traditional Chinese culture to mainstream society, but has matured into a unique force, adding colour to the multicultural scene of Melbourne. In 2013 Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra was one of 25 community-based Music and Arts organizations invited by Melbourne Arts Centre to participate in the “Play me, I’m Yours” project. Each organization was provided with an upright piano to decorate with a theme that reflects the organization's music or arts. The decorated pianos were then placed at various locations in Melbourne City, to be admired and played by the public. Chao Feng’s team of talented artistic musicians decorated its piano with colorful Chinese Opera masks, Melbourne’s distinctive trams and the Eureka Tower. The complete work has been admired by many and received numerous compliments.

In addition to holding annual concerts and participating in local community activities, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra often collaborates with leading overseas Chinese orchestras to foster cultural exchange. Through such activities, the orchestra is now a well-known “overseas Chinese orchestra”.  So far, the Orchestra has jointly performed with Chinese orchestras in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. These include Hong Kong Music Lovers Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Juvenile and Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra, Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra of Singapore, Singapore Temasek Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra, The PCC Chinese Orchestra of Malaysia and Dachung Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra of Taiwan. In 2008 and 2012, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra was invited to participate at the International Chinese Music Festival in Hong Kong and Shanghai respectively. On both occasions, members of our Orchestra had the opportunity to perform and exchange ideas with members of over 40 Chinese orchestras from different countries.  At home in Melbourne, the Orchestra has been host to many local as well as visiting Chinese musicians.

Besides audio and video recordings of our annual concerts and a CD of the Australian National Anthem “Advance Australia Fair” performed using traditional Chinese musical instruments, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra has produced a special commemorative 30th Anniversary double CD set which features selected tracks from live recordings of its past concerts.

Building on the success of the past 32 years, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra will continue its mission in promoting Chinese music and contributing to the community. It will continue to work closely  with similar organizations overseas to pursue their common aim of promoting Chinese music.





今年肇風邁進第三十二年,在這三十二年的努力發展過程中,承蒙社會各界的厚愛和支持,得以茁壯成長,不僅成功地把優秀的中國傳統樂器和音樂文化帶入這西方社會,為墨爾本多元文化社群增添不少色彩,更成為墨爾本多元文化活動極有代表性的單位。去年,肇風中樂團再度應墨爾本藝術中心邀請,參與 Play Me, I’m Yours 的大型活動,將二十五臺鋼琴粉飾。肇風是被邀請的二十五個主流社會音樂藝術團體之一,粉飾後的二十五臺鋼琴分別被放置在墨爾本街頭,任行人彈奏。由於〝中國戲曲音樂薈萃〞音樂會的主題啟發,肇風團員將中國傳統戲劇男女面譜來粉飾鋼琴兩側,而鋼琴背面設計是墨爾本電車及南半球最高的Eureka Tower。這極具代表性,而美麗奪目的設計獲得極高讚賞,並被選出放置在墨爾本藝術中心前面,讓公眾欣賞和彈奏。








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