Concert Pianist: Shen Yun is ‘Marvellous’

April 8, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Victoria Sinclair (R) and Patricia Smee (L) at Shen Yun Performing Arts in London. (Jingwen Wang/The Epoch Times)
Victoria Sinclair (R) and Patricia Smee (L) at Shen Yun Performing Arts in London. (Jingwen Wang/The Epoch Times)
LONDON—Concert pianist and piano teacher Victoria Sinclair was among the audience of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the London Coliseum on Friday, April 8.

She attended the show with fellow piano teacher Patricia Smee. Both ladies were full of praise for the music and singers.

"It took me to China. It was marvellous. And I loved the singers, in particular the tenor. He was excellent," said Ms. Smee. "And the erhu [soloist], she was lovely too."

"I can recommend it to everyone," added Ms. Sinclair, who described the two-stringed erhu performance as "a mixture of light and dark"—both sad and joyful.

Both ladies appreciated the skill of the pianist accompanying Shen Yun's solo tenor and soprano singers. "A very good accompanist, very good technique," said Ms. Smee.

The Shen Yun Touring Company Orchestra is a unique blend of classical Western and Eastern instruments, providing all original scores to accompany the classical Chinese dances which are the hallmark of Shen Yun.

"The combination is interesting," said Ms. Smee about the orchestra. "It was extremely good, particularly the percussion section. It added atmosphere to the whole piece."

"They held it together very well. It must be difficult to integrate with the dancers. They did it very well in indeed. We will come again."

At the core of Shen Yun's performance is classical Chinese dance, through which the New York-based company is reviving the 5,000 years of divinely-inspired Chinese culture.

"I loved the dancing, particularly the costumes, the elegance of it—it was wonderful!" said Ms. Sinclair.

"I loved the male dancers too. The jumping," said Ms. Smee, adding that the dances Recalling the Great Qin, set in the tomb of the Terracotta Warriors, and Herding on the Grasslands, which depicts the horseriding culture of Mongolia, were particularly exciting.

Reporting by Jingwen Wang and Kat Piper.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be at The London Coliseum from April 5–10. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org