Limehouse Blues, Liverpool Biennial & Limehouse

Limehouse Blues


Sunday, June 29th at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. 

Sailor’s Palace, 680 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E14 7HA

Liverpool- as part of Liverpool Biennial 2014
Sunday, July 6th at 2pm and 4pm.

Chilli Chilli Restaurant, 20 Nelson Street, L1 5DN

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Lucille Bremer performing ‘Limehouse Blues’ in Zeigfeld Follies (1945)

Invited to take part in a choral performance with professional and amateur singers.
Limehouse Blues is a new operatic composition that draws upon the history of the Chinese diaspora in Britain. In particular, the piece looks at popular depictions of the Chinese in the early the 20th century.
The song was famously performed by actors Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer in the 1934 movie musical Zeigfeld Follies, the piece is also influenced by the continuation of Chinese folk music practices such as self-organised Cantonese opera groups in today’s Chinese diasporic communities in the UK. Using elements of Cantonese opera such as it’s pentatonic scale, the Chinese instruments and the female falsetto voice.

With thanks to Open School East, Arts Council England and the British Columbia Arts Council.