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The 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 31 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 various radio stations to perform on charity events. The orchestra’s repertoires cover both traditional and contemporary music, including new arrangements of world classics and new approaches to performing Australian folk songs.

Thanks to your continuing 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. The highlight for Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra in 2012, apart from its very successful commemorative 30th annual concert at Melbourne Town Hall, was the invitation by Melbourne Arts Centre, to perform with eight other community arts groups at “Raising the Roof”, the grand opening event of the new Hamer Concert Hall.

In addition to holding annual concerts and participating in local community activities, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra often collaborates with other leading overseas Chinese orchestras to foster cultural exchange. Through such activities, the orchestra is now a well-known “overseas Chinese orchestra”.  So far, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra has jointly performed with various 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, 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 Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra had the opportunity to perform and exchange ideas with members of over 40 Chinese orchestras from other countries.  At home in Melbourne, the Orchestra is host to many local as well as visiting Chinese musicians.

Besides audio and video recordings of annual concerts, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra has produced a special CD featuring the Anthem “Advance Australia Fair” performed using traditional Chinese musical instruments. A double CD set with selected tracks from live recordings of past concerts was produced to commemorate the 30th Anniversary concert in 2012.

Building on the success to date, with your support again, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra will continue to bring you Chinese music and contribute to the community.


肇風中樂團簡介

墨爾本肇風中樂團成立於一九八二年,為澳洲第一個最具規模而非牟利的註冊中樂團,旨在澳洲這片大地弘揚中國優良傳統文化和音樂。

自開團以來,肇風中樂團不斷充實自己,三十一年如一日,風雨不改,逢星期一晚在墨爾本大學音樂系課室進行排練,務求精益求精,演出完美。肇風亦經常在各大、中、小學校,圖書館及社區舉辦音樂演奏會、講座及樂器示範,以達到在社區中發揚和普及中樂的宗旨。肇風中樂團對慈善活動和捐款振災,不甘後人,並多次被邀請到各電臺參加演出。除了演奏中國傳統音樂之外,肇風還演奏現代作品,包括從新編曲配器的世界名曲和運用嶄新手法演繹的澳洲民謠。

今年肇風邁進第三十一年,在這三十一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,肇風中樂團應墨爾本藝術中心邀請,與主流社會其他八個民族音樂團體,在著名的HamerHall音樂廳參與Raising the Roof”超大型音樂會演出,獲得極高讚賞。

除了每年舉辦週年音樂會及參與本地多元文化活動外,肇風經常與海外中樂團體合作,參與不同的海外文化交流活動,發展為海外知名的中樂團。肇風中樂團先後多次與香港著名的香港愛樂民樂團、香港青少年國樂團、香港女青中樂團、新加坡吉豐華樂團、新加坡淡馬錫理工學院華樂團、馬來西亞專藝民族樂團和台灣大中青少年國樂團,在墨爾本、香港、新加坡和馬來西亞各地聯合演出。2008年肇風應邀參加香港國際中樂節,與香港中樂團及其他各地四十多個中樂團作交流和演出。去年九月,肇風應上海民族樂團邀請,到上海參加上海國際中樂節。此外,肇風也成為了本地及海外中樂人士匯集之所。

在錄音方面,除了本團週年音樂會錄音、錄影、和特別用中國傳統樂器演奏澳洲國歌的鐳射光碟外,去年肇風更從近年音樂會現場錄音中,選出有代表性樂曲製成【肇風中樂團成立三十週年紀念集】精裝鐳射光碟,在三十週年音樂會以非賣品,但接受捐款型式隆重推出,極受歡迎。

在此十一年的優良業績基礎上,肇風將會持續地把中樂發揚光大,為社會、為澳洲服務。樂團亦會繼續與海內外音樂文化界朋友建立友誼,為發揚中國音樂共同做出努力。

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