Saturday May 13th at 6.30pm – St Andrews Church, Holt – Yi Yao (accordion) & Ching Ching Lim (piano)
Yi Yao started playing the piano and accordion at the age of five, and has been an active performer since childhood. At the age of twelve she played her first solo recital at the Beijing Concert Hall, the main concert hall in Beijing. At the age of 15, Yi was awarded a place at the prestigious China Conservatory in Beijing where she studied composition and piano. Yi graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree, and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied under Owen Murray.
In 2015 she was invited to become an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Yi has won numerous prizes at International competitions, including First Prize at the Scottish Accordion Festival and First Prize at the Anglo-Czech accordion competition.
In 2000, she premiered the Gordon Jacob Accordion Concerto in China. In 2001, she featured at the London Accordion Festival and played with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. In December 2002, she won 4th Prize, and the prize for the Best Performance of the Test Piece at the Arrasate Hiria International Accordion Competition. Her recording of Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile with the renowned composer/conductor José Serebrier was released on the Naxos label and nominated twice for a Grammy award. More recently, Yi has featured on CCTV, performed with the London Sinfonetta, the Royal College of Music at the Cadogan Hall, in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and at the 2012 Birmingham Arts festival. She has recently recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, has released a recording of her own composition “And it Came to Pass” in collaboration with British Artist Chris Gollonwhich was launched at the Henley Festival and is a visiting professor of music at Guang Zhao Qing University.
Ching Ching Lim, born in Malaysia, began piano lessons at the age of 6 and the violin when she was 12. She started to play regularly as 1st violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra when she was 17, and gained her Licentiate and Fellowship Performer’s Diplomas with excellent results from Trinity College of London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for both instruments. She was then awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, entering as a Year 2 student, where she studied with Yu Chun-Yee, Yonty Solomon and John Blakely. Whilst there, she won the Kendall Taylor Prize and John & Jean Redcliffe-Maud Prize for solo piano, as well as the Kathleen Long Prize and Percy & Dorothy Coates Prize twice for chamber music.
Her chamber ensemble also won the Evans Prize in the Bristol Millennium Chamber Music Competition, and was awarded a scholarship for the Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Masterclasses in Germany. In 1999 she gained her Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours, and subsequently gained her Master of Music degree with scholarships from the Countess of Munster Trust and the Wall Trust.
Ching Ching has performed as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in Malaysia, Hong Kong, UK, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden. In addition to her performing activities, Ching Ching also teaches at the Purcell School and the Godolphin & Latymer School.
These concerts were set up to provide a showcase and performance opportunity for talented young professionals, many of whom are ex-pupils from the Purcell School, and as a way of raising much needed funds for both FALCON and St Andrew’s Church.
What is FALCON?
FALCON (Facilitating Arts and Literature for the Children of Norfolk) exists to provide opportunities for children and young people to engage with creativity in all its. Its goal is to make a valued contribution to the creative and learning environment of all children and young people in North Norfolk (Mission Statement 2014).
How We Began
FALCON originated in 2012, organising a festival fun day of art activities and storytelling, to try to raise funds for Holt Hall, a residential and field study Centre in North Norfolk. A second festival followed in 2013 at Gresham’s School in Holt, encompassing an equally wide range of artistic activities including dance, science made fun, drawing, painting, calligraphy, story-telling, shadow puppets, reading, doodle-pots, song writing, drawing and creative writing.
The focus is now increasingly on working closely with schools and other like-minded organisations to help support their current curriculum demands and objectives.
In the four years since its establishment, FALCON has delivered creative events and initiatives in 33 schools, 9 libraries, as well as, working with a wide range of experienced local artists, staging events such as: A Day of Rainbow Surprises at Holt Children’s Centre; story-telling & den-building at Holkham Hall; drawing workshops at Holt Primary School as part of the Holt Festival; and supporting a Halloween event at Holt Community Centre. This last year we have developed and run a large, ambitious project involving 5 local Primary Schools, with workshops in art, poetry and music, art and poetry competitions, exhibitions of the children’s art in libraries and St Andrews Church, with a chamber orchestra delivering in-school introductory workshops and a concert for 250 children and 190 adults, all centred around Saint-Saens ‘Carnival of the Animals’.
We enjoy co-operating with organisations that have similar aims and objectives, for instance we have a close working relationship with the Norfolk Library Service supporting the annual Summer Reading Challenge, as well as running events linked to National Poetry Day
We continue to work alongside Norfolk Primary Schools to encourage creative learning, to develop understanding of the importance of imagination, and to try to offer differing experiences of the arts. This year we have organised a series of in-school workshops leading to an inter-school poetry Slam at Sheringham Little Theatre, and are developing a project with Holt Primary leading to an exhibition of 3 dimensional angels in St Andrews Church during Holt Festival week.
We hope, in the future, to focus further on helping to raise children’s aspirations.
How is FALCON funded?
To help raise funds for the projects FALCON organises, we arrange quarterly concerts, kindly hosted by the St Andrews Church. This last year we also received generous funding from The Arts Council of England, Holt Festival and the Norfolk Arts Fund, along with sponsorship and support, from local businesses and organisations such as Pointens Estate Agents, Holt Rotary Club, Kings and Barnhams, Thaxters and Watsons Estate Agents.