Holloway Children’s Choir are drawn from schools in the third largest region of China.
The choir aims to introduce Tianjin children to the European, and especially the British choral tradition both liturgical and secular, to involve Chinese children in the joys of music-making and choir-singing, and in the process to give them the best possible musical education and introduction to European culture. In the first concert performance in their new incarnation as the Holloway Children’s Choir in July 2018, the children sang in English, French, German and Hungarian (as well as Mandarin). The children also sing newly composed Chinese songs, and arrangements of traditional Chinese songs.
Dr George Holloway (b.1983) was Associate Professor and Dean of Composition at Tianjin Conservatory of Music (the first foreign head of department in any Chinese conservatory) from 2015 to 2018. He also conducted the Mulan Children’s Choir at the Tianjin Grand Theatre from 2015-2017, after which he founded his own choir, the Holloway Children’s Choir.
They have been chosen by Llangollen International Eisteddfod to perform at Storyhouse to give something of the ‘Spirit of Llangollen’ – a festival that celebrates peace and goodwill between nations through music and dance.