Charity Concert Sichuan Earthquake Funds – June 2008

`Wings of Life` a major fundraising event will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh in the McEwan Hall, next Tuesday 3 June.

Featuring a mixture of Chinese and Western dance and music, the idea for the concert came from Chinese students studying in the University. They have, in association with the Chinese Consulate in Edinburgh, The Academy of Chinese National Musical Instruments, and the Chinese Community in Scotland, put together this fund raising concert.

Concert goers will be treated to a mixture of Chinese and western performances. With both professional musicians and students studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow a wide range of music is anticipated. There will there will be Zheng and Er-hu pieces while local musicians will present western music.

This ambitious fundraiser has been put together at very short notice and we hope that the audience turnout will see a substantial sum raised for Sichuan earthquake relief funds.

Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event and a suggested donation of £10 for an adult and £8 for a child would be welcome. Tickets can also be reserved at the Confucius Institute in person or by calling 0131 662 2180. Tickets are also available through Asian Studies office at 8 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LW.

The programme will start at 7.30pm and will end at approximately 8.45pm at McEwan Hall, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG on Tuesday 3rd June 2008.

About the earthquake

The 7.9 magnitude tremor, which was focused in China`s Sichuan Province, is estimated to have killed at least 68,000 people – and that toll is expected to rise dramatically as rescue teams reach the most affected areas. In cities near the earthquake`s epicentre, over 26,000 people are buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

The Chinese government estimates that as many as 5 million homes may have been destroyed. After-shocks continue.