HCA NEWS Danish Girls' Choir in the Forbidden City

Concert performances in Beijing by the Danish National Girls' Choir will reach 40 million listeners and viewers in China's 20 greatest cities and thus spearhead cooperation between the Danish public broadcaster, DR, the EBU and Chinese broadcasters.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 02 July 2004

On Tuesday 13 July, the Danish National Girls' Choir joined by patron of the choir HRH Princess Alexandra and Principal Conductor Michael Bojesen will journey to Shanghai and Beijing.

The Chinese Ministry of Culture has extended its full hospitality, and the concerts will be staged at prominent venues, such as the Shanghai Grand Theatre, Century Theatre in Beijing and not least the Zongshan Music Hall in the Forbidden City. Performance at the Great Wall of China The last concert of the tour will be featured as an open-air concert in the Beijing International Sculpture Park. Furthermore, the Danish National Girls' Choir will also perform in concert with a Chinese choir at the Great Wall of China.

The Danish National Girls' Choir will be accompanied by the bass player Chris Minh Doky, who has recently recorded a CD with the choir entitled 'Home Sweet Home' conducted by Principal Conductor Michael Bojesen. A film crew from the Danish film company Nordisk Film will follow the tour and the visit by HRH Princess Alexandra to be featured in a later TV programme in Denmark.

The Danish National Girls' Choir will officially represent the 2005 Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary celebration. The concerts, featuring lyrics by the Danish poet and storyteller, are set to focus attention on next year's grand Andersen bicentenary celebration where the Danish National Symphony Orchestra will visit China, among other places, in celebration of the bicentenary.

On air in China The Beijing Music Radio's coverage of last year's Roskilde Festival and the broadcasting of the Danish National Girls' Choir concerts in Beijing mark the beginning of European collaboration with Chinese broadcasters long solicited by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The Danish National Girls' Choir tour of China has been facilitated by the Danish Culture Institute in collaboration with the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation and the Chinese Embassy in Copenhagen.

The principal sponsor of the tour is the Frederiksberg Sparekasse Foundation. Following the sponsorship agreement between the Scandinavian Airline System, SAS, and the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, air travel is sponsored by the SAS.