LONDON—Retired CEO Terry Jackson and his wife were among the delighted audience at the afternoon matinee of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the London Coliseum on April 9.
With both of them having an interest in Chinese culture, New York-based Shen Yun was a colourful treat and "thoroughly enjoyable", said Mr. Jackson, who was also in the Royal Air Force for 22 years.
The couple were particularly impressed with the music. The Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra plays a unique fusion of Chinese and Western classical music, and includes traditional Chinese instruments such as the hauntingly beautiful two-stringed erhu.
Commenting on the music, Mr. Jackson said: "It's just so light. … It's delicate and it's so different from the music you hear in Western society."
Mrs. Jackson was equally impressed: "It's so pretty. The whole thing is so colourful and I love the music, I think the music is wonderful. I have always liked the sound of it, it's beautiful."
Both were also impressed by the animated digital backdrops that re-create stunning vistas of both ancient and modern China. "I liked the way [the performers] all disappear down the back [of the stage]. Excellent!" said Mrs. Jackson.
Reporting by Jingwen Wang and Simon Miller.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next perform in The Hague, Netherlands, at the Lucent Danstheater, on April 12 and 14. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org