Chinese Music Ensemble record music for BBC Look North Olympic Special

image of chinese music ensembleThe University of Sheffield’s Chinese Music Ensemble recorded a special version of the theme music for BBC Look North News programme which was broadcast on BBC 1 on 9th July at 13.30 and 18.30.

The BBC invited the Ethnomusicology Department to help create a piece of music to coincide with the Chinese Olympic teams arrival in Yorkshire, where they will train for two weeks before competing in the Games. Musician in Residence John Ball has worked with post graduate Wei Xu (Gu Zheng) and ensemble members Caiwei Yi (Erhu) and Tim Jim (arranger) alongside undergraduates Filip Dragovic and Jake Calvert (sound recording) in the Soundhouse studio, creating a unique piece of music incorporating traditional Chinese themes combined with the original Look North theme music.

The clip will be available on BBC iplayer for 7 days after broadcast.