Home » News & Articles » 2019 » New music video celebrates Chinese New Year

New music video celebrates Chinese New Year

A new music video release by King's College Choir, featuring tenor Bo Wang and Xu Zhimo's setting of Second Farewell to Cambridge.

In celebration of Chinese New Year, a new music video for the Mandarin Chinese recording Second Farewell to Cambridge, featuring Chinese tenor Bo Wang, is being released. This setting was created by distinguished English composer John Rutter and headlines the 2018 album, which also features the Jasmine Flower Song in an arrangment by Stephen Cleobury. The audio is available to stream across the digital platforms, whilst the new video is available on NetEase, Apple Music and YouTube. The video was shot in the grounds of King’s College that are written about so eloquently by poet Xu Zhimo, and in the world-famous Chapel.

Second Farewell to Cambridge marks the Choir’s first time recording in Mandarin Chinese in its 500-year history. The name originates from the famous Xu Zhimo poem and celebrates its legacy. 

The young poet studied at King’s College from 1921-1922 and wrote this poem in 1928 when he returned to King’s. King’s College hosts the annual Xu Zhimo Poetry and Art festival, one of the largest Britain-China cultural exchange events in the UK. A marble stone in the grounds, carrying the first and last lines of the poem, has become one of the University’s most popular tourist attractions.

Second Farewell to Cambridge is now available in China via QQ Music, NetEase Cloud Music, Baidu Music, Xiami, KuGou and Kuwo, as well as on Apple Music & iTunes in China and Chinese-speaking territories outside of mainland China. Outside of China the album is avaliable from www.kingscollegerecordings.com.


News & Articles

Similar Entries

Xu Zhimo poem set to music on new album

King's College has commissioned a setting by John Rutter of Xu Zhimo's famous poem Second Farewell to Cambridge, and a new arrangement of the Jasmine Flower Song for a new CD.


King's is curator on Apple Music

King's College has launched as a curator on one of the world's largest music streaming platforms.


Xu Zhimo Memorial Garden Unveiled at King's

A memorial garden commemorating the Chinese poet Xu Zhimo (1897-1931) was formally opened on 10th August by Xu's grandson Tony.


‘Xu Zhimo’ willow cuttings

Cuttings of one of the willow trees celebrated in Xu Zhimo’s most famous poem “Second Farewell to Cambridge” are to find a new home in China.

King’s College appoints new Director of Music

Daniel Hyde will succeed Stephen Cleobury from October 2019.


King's record label supports new music

The College's own label supports new music with digital releases by Nico Muhly and Francis Grier.


King's advertises for a new Director of Music

King's College begins its search for a successor to Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music since 1982.


February New Music at King's

Chapel Lates 9th February and Composers Ensemble at Keynes Hall on 16th February 

Follow us on Instagram

View more