Day out with Angelina

This is Angelina Gao, along with her friend Steve Jahng she leads the Summertime Theatre Group in Chongqing. Angelina’s journey in theatre has not been easy what with societal pressure and family expectations but she has persevered and has become very successful. In 2010 Angelina was chosen to by Cosmopolitan to be one of their […]

Message from a master.

Today I had the most excellent time. Joanne from the British Council here in Chongqing had asked local residents to design a day out for me. The winner was Angelina who is sitting on the left in his picture. It was a packed day and we met with many interesting people from musicians and photographers […]


There’s a lot of folks taking very good care of me here. The first on the scene was Jiali. Jiali met me off the airplane in Chengdu and escorted me all the way to my apartment in Chongqing. She studied for three years in Sheffield and travelled all around the UK, but the place that […]

Downtown Sichuan Opera

On Saturday I headed downtown with Jiali and Peter (more on them soon). We went to see a performance of the Chongqing Opera Troupe in their old theatre. The audience were mainly elderly people although there were some younger people there too. A lot of the old folks were surprised to see a laowai there […]

Chongqing Sichuan Opera Museum

Opera Troupe – Afternoon Rehearsal The Chongqing Sichuan Opera Museum is my base for these six weeks. My apartment is a short walk away. I am able to come and go at my leisure, sitting in on rehearsals, availing of a tasty and affordable lunch and working in my own allocated room. It is a […]

First post from Chongqing

Greetings from Chongqing. Apologies for the delay in this first posting but I’ve just been getting settled and locating essential local service providers (see pic). Lots to report on Sichuan Opera Troupe and a visit today from a very cool Chongqing producer/impresario. Stay tuned.    


As from this Sunday 11th May I will be off to Chongqing China as British Council/PRSF musician in residence. I’ll be keeping you informed on what’s going down here on my website so keep popping by. Questions welcome!

Terry Riley’s In C

Very excited to be leading a performance of Terry Riley’s In C with members of Surge and students from Birmingham Conservatoire for Legend has it that composer Terry Riley was on a bus in San Francisco when the idea came to him for one of the most important and influential pieces of the 20th century. […]

2014 – Birmingham/China/Belfast

2014 is shaping up to be a very exciting year. I am very fortunate to have received support for three very exciting projects. mac birmingham – with support from Arts Council England and the Feeney Trust I have taken residence as Associate Artist in  mac birmingham . The residency has already hosted a new work for Surge […]