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Exclusive: China’s super-orchestra has been disbanded

An orchestra comprising some of the most powerful politicians in China has been broken up after a single performance, attended by former president Jiang Zemin, our Beijing correspondent reports.

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The Three Highs Philharmonic Amateur Orchestra gave its debut concert on December 21st 2012 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. It comprised 97 musicians and 141 singers, average age 64 and was partly funded by Li Lanqing, former vice PM and a standing committee member of the Politburo.

Players included:
Han Zheng, party boss of Shanghai, accordion
Wang Rong, party boss of Shenzhen, violin
Mr Bater, party boss of Inner Mongolia, accordion
Zhou Chunshu, deputy head of Xinhua News Agency, violin.

No reason has been given for the orchestra’s dissolution.

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Comments

  1. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    Good taste?

  2. I would love to hear an orchestra comprising politicians in the United States. Or rather, I would NOT like to hear such an orchestra. Or rather still, I don’t think there would be enough members to form even be a small chamber group. Even with an electric guitar section…

  3. Cecila Alpengeist says:

    Lack of repertoire?

  4. I’d have to check with you here. That is not something I usually perform! I enjoy reading a posting that will make people believe. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

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