Shanghai Symphony Orchestra concludes world tour

By Zhang Kun in Shanghai | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-09-03 19:45
The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra concludes a successful debut concert at the BBC Proms on Sept 1, 2019. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

With the melodies of Chinese ballad Jasmine Blossom and British pop classic Hey Jude, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra concluded a successful debut concert at the BBC Proms on Sept 1. This appearance also marked the completion of the orchestra's 140th anniversary tour of the world.

The Proms festival has been an annual celebration of classical music held during the summer. Founded in 1895, the concerts and events are now organized and broadcast by the BBC.

The concert by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra was among the highlights this year, as listed by Cultural Whisper, an art portal in the UK. According to David Pickard, director of the BBC Proms, the festival features more than 100 shows every year, but no more than 10 orchestras from overseas are invited.

"We chose the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra because we believe that it is a first class orchestra and is an outstanding representative of Chinese symphony music, even in the global music scene," he said.

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