China’s music chiefs compose choral tribute to medical staff

China’s music chiefs compose choral tribute to medical staff


norman lebrecht

March 31, 2020

Liguang Wang, President of the China Conservatory of Music, has produced an imposing piece, What Angels Say, to thank medical and support staff who saved lives during the Corona pandemic.

The words are by Wang Ning, head of the China National Center for the Performing Arts.



  • Interesting how the style is classic social realism. Whatever one might think, it stands in huge contrast to the USA where organizations like the Met and the National Symphony have simply stopped paying their musicians in response to the virus. And in contrast to Germany which has allocated $50 billion to aid free lance artists and cultural businesses. Germany is also maintaining the salaries of close to 10,000 musicians it employs full time in its 133 stated owned orchestras and 83 state owned opera houses.


    No one told them that they should wear gloves ? Their instruments might be infected !

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    They should instead close the wild animal markets permanently.

  • Flix says:

    Stupid! Shameless!

  • Han solo says:

    The China Conservatory of Music is highly political. President Xi’s wife is a Professor there.