Crossing Paths: Alex Ho, Sun Keting, and Raymond Yiu

22nd April 2021


Three extraordinary artists in conversation,  exploring their artistic practice as well as sharing pre-recorded pieces of their composition.


Hear from three extraordinary artists each weaving their identities and imaginations into the new music space.

Chinese Arts Now are delighted to present Alex Ho, Sun Keting, and Raymond Yiu in conversation. Discussing their own practices and exploring their points of intersection and departure, discover the vibrant ideas, sounds, collaborations, and networks that these artists draw upon to inspire their compositions and communities.

Hosted by yangqin-extraordinaire Reylon Yount, each artist presents a recent work ranging from Raymond Yiu’s tender elegy to the Chinese Labour Corps of WWI shortlisted for the RPS Chamber-Scale Composition Award, Sun Keting’s evocative meditation on silence for solo guitar, and the world premiere of Alex Ho’s explosive new work for solo piano, Knuckleduster.

Programme includes:
Knuckleduster – Alex Ho (digital premiere)
– Sun Keting (digital premiere)
Corner of a Foreign Field – Raymond Yiu

Fabricio Mattos
Aidan Chan

During this event, two videos will be shown which have flashing/moving visuals. The first video (the Album Preview) will last 5 minutes. The second video lasts less than a minute. Aside from this, there will be a live discussion and still images.

The following will be available at the event:
1. A link to the captioned version of the Album Previews video.
2. A link to the transcript of the music videos.
(Please return to the discussion afterwards.)
A very basic audio description of the visuals will be provided on their appearance.


Raymond Yiu

Raymond Yiu

The Hong-Kong born, London-based composer, jazz pianist Raymond Yiu is the winner of a BASCA British Composer Award in 2010, and nominated for the same award in 2004, 2012, 2013 and 2018. He has worked with ensembles and artists including Lukas Foss, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Chroma, Ensemble 10/10, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, London Sinfonietta and Lontano. The Original Chinese Conjuror was commissioned for the 2006 Aldeburgh Almeida Opera, and Maomao Yü was commissioned by LSO for Lang Lang and the Silk String Quartet. His ‘impressive’ (The Guardian) Symphony was commissioned by the BBC for the 2015 Proms. He was nominated for the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards in 2018 (The World Was Once All Miracle, commissioned for Manchester International Festival 2017) and 2020 (Corner of a Foreign Field, commissioned by Tangram).

Alex Ho

Alex Ho

Alex Ho is a British-Chinese composer based in London. Winner of the George Butterworth Award 2020, he has composed for the London Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House, National Opera Studio, Music Theatre Wales, London Sinfonietta, and BBC Radio 3. Alex was joint-winner of the Philip Bates Composition Competition in 2016, one of Sound and Music's 'New Voices 2018', a Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund Artist in 2019, and one of the LSO's 'Soundhub' composers 2018-2020. Alex previously studied at Oxford and Cambridge universities and is currently studying for a doctorate at the Royal College of Music with a full scholarship.

Sun Keting

Sun Keting

Sun Keting is a London-based Chinese composer and artist currently studying Ph.D in composition in the Royal Academy of Music. Her recent works focus on performing arts and instrumental sound exploration combining Eastern cultural, spiritual and philosophical elements. In recent years, she received commissions from the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Singers, The Riot Ensemble, The Silk Road Ensemble, The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan.

Reylon Yount

Reylon Yount

Reylon is an inventive yangqin artist and songwriter creating an intersection between Chinese and American cultures. Growing up in San Francisco, Reylon began learning yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) as a way to stay connected to his Chinese heritage. The 2020 City Music Foundation Artist has performed internationally with the Silkroad Ensemble at venues such as TED, Lincoln Center and Xinghai Concert Hall. After moving to London on a Marshall Scholarship, Reylon now co-directs Tangram – an artist collective sharing Chinese stories through music.

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