BBC and Other Media Home and Abroad Paid Utmost Attention to Professor Yang Jian’s Visiting in United Kingdom

The vice professor of Nanjing University of the Arts Yang Jian has made breakthrough in both academic and artistic areas when visiting Cambridge University. His main research project The Big Data of Shaping Music: An Online Platform for Musical Performance Studies has been selected into the 3rd International Performance Study Network Academic Conference. What’s more, he actively designed and took part in a large number of culture communication activities. Media home and abroad has paid great attention to Professor Yang’s visiting to United Kingdom, which has set off a tide of studying Chinese culture in Cambridge, even in United Kingdom and Europe.

I. “Odd Little Book” Revealed to be Chinese Musical Gem after 210 Years of Silence
As a visiting scholar (probably the second one) from China Mainland to visit St. John's College of Cambridge University, Yang Jian was invited to take a look at an “odd little book” in the world’s most beautiful and biggest library—St John’s College Library. Advised by sinologist Joseph McDermott, Professor Yang kept an eye on an 18-century volume of Chinese musical stories that was unknowing kept. After a series of research and studies, he believed that the book was brought back from the Far East by college graduate the Rev James Inman. He and Chinese experts confirmed that the book was likely to be one of a kind and a never-before-seen insight into China’s pre-modern musical heritage. BBC, Cambridge News, Cambridge University official website and other media have reported this news successively. In addition, The Eagles will report the whole passage with the English signature of Yang Jian. Journalists of China Daily in Europe will come to Cambridge University to make interviews and report the piece of news in detail.

St John's college, the old library of University of Cambridge

II. Design and Perform “A Dialogue between Chinese and Western Music”
Invited by the Cambridge University, professor Yang designed and participated in a concert named “A Dialogue between Chinese and Western Music”. He performed a violin solo as well. Performers from Nanjing, HongKong, and Taiwan performed together, which stole the spotlight of professors and people from dozens of countries, districts. The concert started with Apricot blossom Sky Shadow which was created by Jiang Kui from Southern Song of the 12th century. It ended with Blue Pumelo of the 16th century British ballad. As a violinist, professor Yang performed Opera Excerpts C Melody (created by German composer Gluck), the love of two Butterflies (created by Chinese contemporary composer Chen Gang and He Zhanhao), Love's Greeting (created by British composer Elgar), Hebei ballad Selling Dumplings (created by Mao Yuan), and Three wishes of Roses (created by Huangzi). The previous vice president of Cambridge University and expert of Chinese art history Dame Jessica Rawson, previous director of Art History Department of Cambridge University Deborah Howard, sinologist David McMullen all spoke highly of Yang Jian’s performance. Print media like the most powerful Chinese Weekly in Europe UK-Chinese Times and China Culture Daily reported the concert. Network media like Hongkong Ifeng ( and National Digital Culture Network ( reshipped the piece of news.