Chinese Memories

A review by the Embassy of China in Belgium of the concert of 2011

November 18th, 2012 was a special and an unforgettable day for the Lokeren residents. In the quiet town, people came together in the St. Anne's church to attend the concert 'Chinese Memories' by Belgian composer Johan Famaey. 

Johan Famaey composed music on classical Chinese poems.

The ensemble was a mix of Chinese and Western instruments: 2 sopranos were accompanied by a string quintet, organ, yangqin, percussion, glockenspiel and timpani.The sopranos sang songs in Chinese, "Chun Xiao" by Meng Hao Ran, "Wu Ye Ti ',' May Yu Ren ',' Lang Tao Sha", "Huan Xiang Jian" by Li Yu, "Chun Xiao" "Ding Feng Bo," "Yin Yu Chu Shang Qing Hou Yu” by Su Shi and 'Ru Meng Ling', 'Sheng Sheng Man" by Li Qing Zhao.

The stylish music on the masterful old Chinese poems, moved the listener into a poetic and picturesque world, in a magical dream full of pathos.

The last song "Sheng Sheng Man" was also performed by the National Youth Choir of Belgium. It reflected the deep melancholy of the poet very vivid and intense and led up to a climax.

After the concert, the concertgoers gave standing ovation. It was a great success. Congratulations were all around and we heard constantly how "fantastic" it was.
This concert was attended by officials from the cultural department of the Embassy of China in Belgium.

This concert is also amazing because it was solely performed by Belgian musicians.

The Belgian musician Johan Famaey loves Chinese culture. Previously he worked in Beijing and Qingdao as organist and teacher. After he returned to Belgium, he started the creative process for Chinese Memories. This concert with Chinese poems is a first for Belgium.

In recent years, as China develops, more and more Belgians want to know Chinese history and culture. This spectacular concert is one vivid example.


SOURCE: Embassy of China in Belgium