Kunqu Opera 'Dan' Voice and Movements Course

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00, Sunday 10:30 - 17:15
£70 (£60 conc.) for both days. Watersleeves practice costumes included in fee. Please bring one 26–30 cm folding paper fan which opens out to 180 degrees, or purchase from teacher when you enrol (£12-£15).

Kunqu Opera is the most refined of all the operatic forms in China. We will be  offering an intensive weekend course, in recognition of the intrinsic value of Kunqu. You will be taught the rudiments of Kunqu, fan and watersleeves movements, singing, reading music and lyrics, with a general overview of its history. At the end there will be a three-minute piece of solo acting and singing that you will be proud of.

Kathy Hall, an experienced practitioner and teacher of Kunqu, will teach basic voice use and movements of the lady’s role and provide advice on further reading.  She will make this unique art accessible to beginners with clear, step-by-step guidance to help you enjoy your learning experience.  

Both male and female participants above 14 years of age are welcome. No experience necessary. Presented by the AMC in association with the London Jing Kun Opera Association. Course participants entitled to a £5 ticket for An Evening of Beijing and Kunqu Opera on Thursday 21 July. Dress: comfortable top and trousers and soft indoor slippers.

Part of Chinese Season at the Asian Music Circuit.




The Kunqu Opera 'Dan' Voice and Movements Course will be held at the AMC's museum in Acton, West London. The museum is a key venue for our community and education work and the first of its kind in the country. It hosts permanent exhibits of musical instruments from across Asia, and there's an ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions.

How to find us

We are located in Acton, West London near Acton Park. You can plan your journey to us with the Transport for London journey planner: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner


Address: 1-2 Bradford Road (off Warple Way), Acton, London W3 7SP

Nearest rail: Acton Central

Nearest Tube: Shepherd's Bush / Shepherd's Bush Market / Turnham Green


The Asian Music Centre is located on Bradford Road in Acton. From The Vale, turn onto Warple Way (away from the park). Bradford Road is the first road on your right (soon after Peter's Café). You will see our blue sign.


From Acton Central (London Overground)

This is the nearest station. Cut through Acton Park diagonally. Exit the park on the corner of East Acton Lane and The Vale. Cross The Vale and walk down Warple Way.


From East Acton

Take bus 70 toward Acton High Street. The nearest stop is “Acton Park”. Walk down East Acton Lane. When you cross The Vale, the same street becomes Warple Way.


From Ealing Common/Ealing Broadway

Take bus 207 towards Shepherd's Bush. The nearest stop is ‘East Acton Lane'. Turn right onto Warple Way.


From Shepherd's Bush Station or Shepherd's Bush Market Station

Take bus 207 toward Hayes By-Pass. The nearest stop is ‘East Acton Lane'. Turn left onto Warple Way.



We encourage our visitors to use public transport; however, limited parking is available in adjacent streets, and on Bradford Road after 6.30pm (weekdays) and all day Saturday and Sunday.



Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation, should they require it. Below are some recommendations which are a short journey away from our Museum by bus.



These choices cost no more then £50 per night (inc. breakfast). Please note, these rooms provide hostel-like accommodation; please read reviews before booking.

Grantly Hotel: http://www.grantlyhotel.co.uk/hotel-overview.html (Rooms 1, 4, 12, 14 and 31in the new part of the building are recommended)

Star Hotel bed and breakfast: http://www.star-hotel.net/

Park Lodge Guest House: http://www.parklodgelondon.com/



Travelodge in Ealing (77 Uxbridge Road): http://www.travelodge.co.uk

Hotel 55: http://www.hotel55-london.com/

Ramada Jarvis: http://www.ramadajarvis.co.uk/hotels/ealing.aspx (£110 per night inc. breakfast)

Telephone Bookings: 
020 8742 9911
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