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Wu Yanmei (MeiMei)

Actress, dancer & musician

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Dance. Music. Theatre.

Trained in dance and music from an early age, originally from Jiangsu province, China, MeiMei (WU Yanmei) is a dancer, singer, actress and Chinese zither player who has since gone on to perform to international acclaim. In 2006 she gained her MMus in (East Asian) Music Performance from SOAS, University of London and was also selected by Theatre-Rites, a London-based theatre company, to receive a bursary for minority ethnic visual artists/choreographers.

In 2009, she was nominated and short-listed for the 2009 Big Ben Award, the Ten Outstanding Chinese Young Persons in the UK Award.

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Daniel York

Actor, writer, director, film maker, musician, composer, polemicist

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Arts. Culture. Entertainment. Film, TV & Radio. Music. Theatre.

Born of mixed Singapore Chinese/British parentage, as an actor has appeared at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal National Theatre, Edinburgh Traverse, Hampstead, The Gate, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Manchester Library, Leicester Haymarket and was Fortinbras opposite Alan Rickman’s Hamlet at Riverside Studios. For Mu-lan Theatre Company played leading roles in their award winning productions of Porcelain and The Magic Fundoshi as well in Sun Is Shining which played to sold out audiences at the King’s Head and Battersea Arts Centre in London as well as off Broadway New York. Has also worked extensively in Singapore for Singapore Repertory Theatre, tHEATREwORKs, Wild Rice and Pangdemonium as well as appearing at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in Yellow Earth’s English & Mandarin production of King Lear and touring the US in the acclaimed Aquila Theatre Company’s tour of Aristophanes’ The Birds.

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Zoë Baxter

DJ/Radio presenter

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Arts. Culture. Film, TV & Radio. Music.

Zoë Baxter started DJing at parties in 2000 and progressed to Internet radio and then community radio. She has always had a keen interest in East Asian cinema and cuisine and this lead her to investigate East Asian music. Zoë collects vinyl with a specialist interest in 1960’s ‘Asia Beat’, Reggae and Rhythm & Blues.



In 2005 she presented and produced Ni Hao Chinatown parts 1 & 2 for the London community arts radio station Resonance FM focusing on the Save Chinatown Campaign and the history of Chinese immigration in London. 



Following on from this Zoë has presented and produced 5 series of Lucky Cat for Resonance FM as well as documentary features on Chinagrass (folk music from the grasslands of China) and Heroines of Hong Kong and Chinese Cinema.

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Liz Chi Yen Liew 柳琪妍

Musician / Composer

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Entertainment. Music.

LIZ CHI YEN LIEW is a musician and composer. She studied the piano and violin at the junior Royal Academy of Music, gained A's in practical and theoretical Music A levels, won an organ scholarship, then graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Music degree at City University in London whilst also completing her Licentiate of Guildhall School of Music performance diploma.

After her rigorous classical music training she ventured into the world of pop music and has since toured/performed/recorded with diverse artists including Moby, Gnarls Barkley, Goldfrapp, Nelly Furtado, Lamb, Asian Dub Foundation, KLF/Orb, Barry Adamson.

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Raymond Yiu 姚恩豪

Composer, Jazz Pianist, Conductor, Music Writer


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Music.

Raymond Yiu (姚恩豪, b. 1973) is a composer, jazz pianist, conductor and music writer. Born in Hong Kong, he came to England in 1990 and started piano lessons at the age of four. He began writing music as a teenager, and took up composing again while he was studying at Imperial College.

As a composer, Raymond is mostly self-taught. He received informal consultations from several composers including Julian Anderson, Lukas Foss and David Sawer.

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Stevie Hoang

R&B Producer-Artist

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Music.

Some numbers: 15.5 million plays on Myspace; 1.2 million YouTube views for the ‘video’ for a song (Addicted) that was just a black screen; 65,000 albums sold in Japan; a Number One airplay single in Japan, All Night Long; in the UK, 3000 albums shifted, sold by the artist himself (literally)…

Stevie Hoang – Essex-based 24-year-old DIY R&B producer-artist extraordinaire – has achieved all of the above. Working out of his bedroom, and his own song-spinning imagination, he has already crafted upwards of 50 songs. Via Myspace, YouTube and an entrepreneurial flair that saw him strike international record deals before any UK label had a clue who he was, Hoang has already topped the Myspace chart in the US and released two albums in Japan – where, after repeated trips to Tokyo, he’s a major star on the Japanese charts and club scene.

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Jason Lai

Cellist, Pianist, Composer, Conductor and Broadcaster

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Education. Film, TV & Radio. Music.

Born in the UK, Jason Lai began his musical studies at the age of eleven and was awarded a scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, to study cello with Raphael Wallfisch and Gillian Thoday.

In 1993 he was awarded a Hadow Scholarship to read music and composition at Oxford University. During his time at Oxford he was invited by the Allegri Quartet to join them for several performances in the University and on tour in the UK, he was also appointed Music Director of the Oxford University Philharmonia which gave him his first chances to conduct major repertoire.

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Benjamin Chan Dip ABRSM MSc MBCS MCLIP MInstLM FRSA

Keyboardist, Information Library Professional

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Information Technology. Music.

Benjamin Chan, Dip ABRSM MSc MBCS MCLIP MInstLM FRSA, is a versatile keyboardist and high profile Information Library Professional.

His Bigyellowband featured on the BBC website released a single in 2006 on I-Tunes and was keyboardist with the Top Hat Band, one of Bride magazine's best wedding bands in the UK in 2007. Ben also designs his own shirts for his gigs! Within his profession, Ben was one of the youngest to be admitted into the Chartered Institute of Library Information Professionals Professional Achievements Register and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and receives the prestigious Freedom of the City of London in the Summer of 2009.

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Fung Lam 林丰

Composer / Musician

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Arts. Culture. Film, TV & Radio. Media. Music.

With the premiere of his 23-minutes orchestral work Unlocking in May 2008 by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Charles Hazlewood, Fung Lam became not only the first composer commissioned to compose a new work specifically for BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music programme, but also the youngest Chinese composer ever to have received a commission from the BBC.

Ranging from original concert and media works to various arrangements, sometimes involving both Western and Chinese instruments, Fung’s music has been performed around the world, including festivals such as the Cheltenham Music Festival, BASBWE International Wind Festival, Soundwaves Festival, Second Glance Festival, BBC Electric Proms, Musicarama (Hong Kong), Le French May (Hong Kong), as well as Asian Composers’ League Asian Music Festivals in Japan, Israel and New Zealand.

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Kenny Ren

Chinese Performer of Saxophone & Magic

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Arts. Culture. Dance. Entertainment. Music. Sports.

Kenny Ren aims to build cultural partnerships between artists, schools, businesses and communities across the UK and China.

Kenny Ren was born in a tradition art family in Shandong, China. He enjoyed growing up with arts and music and found that he was gifted, developing as a multi-talented artist.

In 1994, he joined the Opera House of Shan Dong and qualified as a professional musician. In 2001, he further studied in Malaysia and in 2003 he moved to the United Kingdom.

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