Mandarin pupils perform popular Chinese folk song

The term successfully ended with two excellent groups of Mandarin pupils performing as a ‘茉莉花’ (Choir in Mandarin) in Fishmongers’ Hall.

Our Year 11 and Year 12 pupils, who are learning Mandarin, performed a popular Chinese folk song. The song was performed by Katherine, Jakob, Livio, Oliver, Matthew, Maximilian and Arthur, accompanied by Josh on the piano. Thanks also go to our Mandarin language assistant Miss Zhang.

Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower) is a popular Chinese folk song from the Jiangnan region. The song dates back to the 18th century. The song became one of the first Chinese folk songs to become widely known outside China. The melody has become well known among Western listeners as it was used by Giacomo Puccini in his opera Turandot (1926), boy choir air “Là sui monti dell’Est” (The Mountains of the East).