I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
Some very exciting news here for 2017 so far! I am currently working on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of ‘Snow in Midsummer’ on new music, and performances are from 23 Feb – 25 Mar at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Details: RSC – Snow in Midsummer
I have also been selected to write a piece on Shakespeare for the ‘Shakespeare 400’ project with the Circulo Trio based in the US. It’ll be a quartet piece for Clarinet, Violin, Piano and Actor’s Voice, and we’ll be working with Dr.Sandra Logan who is an Associate Professor of English Literature and Culture at Michigan State University who will be helping us on the libretto. We’re hoping to premiere this in spring/summer 2017. For more info about the trio please go to: Circulo Trio
It’s all so exciting, and I hope you’ll be able to come of see some of these performances! More update soon!
After a successful sell out of BFI – Around China with a Movie Camera performance in July, there are plans to perform this outside of London, to other venues in the UK and Asia- fingers crossed we can make it happen!
Other exciting news is that I’m finishing a project with long time collaborators Chinese Arts Space. It’s called Project New Earth and the project is to raise awareness of the Chinese Labour Corp who took part in World War 1 for help the British and French win the war. As part of the commemorations for WW1, Project New Earth celebrates the Chinese Labour Corp’s memory within the context of British Chinese communities living in the UK today. I’m one of the commissioned artists working on the piece ‘Lunar Corp’ is a film (& music) piece.
To celebrate this, I will be performing a live performance of this with 4 other very talented musicians on Thursday 21st July at the National Film Theatre in Southbank, London! Tickets were sold out in just over a week in the box office, and I’m so excited to be involved! BFI Southbank – Around China with a Movie Camera Live Performance
The other exciting news is that I recently worked on the music for a new play which is currently performing at the Finsborough Theatre in London. It runs until Saturday 6th August. The Previews and press night are all sold out, so get your tickets now!
I have a few projects brewing under the belt right now. I can firstly say that I have completed my project and soundtrack with the BFI which is called ‘Around China with a Movie Camera’, which is a great collection of early silent films of China. Keep your eyes peeled for news of the cinema release of the film which should be later this year, hopefully with the odd live music performance from myself and gang!
Other news: I have just completed a very interesting short film which will be on festival release soon, and helped out on a series which stars Michael Roux Jr.!
It has been a rather busy few months so my updates has been rather infrequent! Let me update on a few things that has been happening for 2015.
Firstly I composed and performed a piece for ‘Project New Moon’ in February in 3 venues in London: Rich Mix, The Albany in Deptford and at Trafalgar square for Chinese New Year celebrations. That was great fun, and I got to work with some Chinese instrumentalists along with a harpist, cellist & percussionist.
Then I went straight to Hong Kong in March as I’ve written a soundtrack for a contemporary dance piece for part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2015.
Since then I have been working hard on finishing a new score and soundtrack for the BFI (British Film Institute) on a new project called “Around China with a Movie Camera) featuring a large collections of old footages of China in the early 20th Century. This has been a rather personal for me, and it’s been an honour that I could be involved in presenting such historical documentary of my heritage. this is due to be released in late October.
I was also the musical director and re-arranger for a R&D project called ‘Turandot Reimagined’, which as the title suggests, re-imagine the story and music of Puccini’s iconic opera Turandot to be in a more authentic setting of the story of Yuen dynasty China consisting of Chinese instrumentation and elements of early Chinese opera. This was performed at the Tete a tete Festival in July 2015. The feedback was excellents, and I had the extra privilege of being interviewed by TV Channels from China and Chinese newspapers of the UK!
That’s it for now! I’m sure I’ll have more adventures to share later on!
It’s been a fascinating experience so far in Hong Kong. I’m learning so much about Chinese Instrumentation just by observing lots of rehearsals with HKCO. I’m also watching so many shows and meeting so many talented musicians and artists; I am so looking forward to hopefully work with some of them in the future. I’m having an amazing time here.
Hopefully more news to come soon! As soon as I’m back in the UK I’ll blog my experience in more details. Watch this space!
Just a quick update the play I am currently work on music composition and music supervision, ‘The Last Days of Limehouse’ will be performing from Weds 16th July – Sun 3rd Aug(Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm) @ Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commercial Road, London E14 7HA
The subject is about the original old Chinatown in Limehouse; I’ve been having alot of fun finding the old ‘Limehouse’ sounds and feel! So do venture into the good olde East End to watch this if you can!
For anyone who missed the first episode of ‘A very British Airline’, you can now watch it on BBC iplayer for the next couples of weeks. The series continue with Episode 2 on Monday 9th June @ 9pm on BBC 2.
I had alot of fun creating the music for this series, so I hope you enjoy it!
It’s been a busy period moving house along with working on some new exciting projects! Pictures of my new studio are on my twitter feed: @ruthchanmusic.
I’m pleased to announce that I am currently working on a documentary series about British Airways which will be on BBC 2 this April. I get to write some quirky tunes and explore iconic British music so it has been very exciting so far!
I’ve also recently did some orchestration for the upcoming feature film ‘A Long Way Down’ starring Pierre Brosman and Toni Collette. The score by Dario Marianelli is fab and the film is great too! Here is the latest trailer: