1. River Chinese Band Predecessor

Group PhotoRiver Chinese Band was formerly known as the Incorporate River Arts, established on July 16, 2004.

The main activities were focus on Chinese arts and music instruments i.e. to provide erhu training and music appreciation. The music instruments training time was every Saturday from morning 10am to noon time at the hall hired from Salvation Army Church Corp. (Glen Waverley), our erhu teachers were Jit Gung Liu, Richard Ng, Run Lin Fu, Xiao Li Xu. All our training erhu teachers were volunteers to cultivate each student who love Chinese music and gathered together.

At that time, the youngest student was only 9 years old and the oldest was 96 years old. River Arts is completely a not for profit cultural organization. The erhu student pay only A$80 fee for every six months for using the church as a training venue, refreshments and utilities expenses.

In July 2008, the River Arts added Chinese Guzheng instrument class, the teacher was Hong Lui. At that time the total number of two sections students had more than 30. Since 2007, the River Arts began to integrate into River Artistic Performances and obligation to raise funds for Salvation Army Corp. under the name of “Chinese Violin Band". In addition to regular concerts, our teachers and students also involved in the annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal; external fund-raising, a door knocking and performance activities in Christmas at Glen Waverley shopping center supermarket for fund raising performances. The following are some of the activities in the program showed in YouTube video recording.

2009年Glen Centro圣诞节华夏电视采访 (2009年 Glen Centro Christmas Chinese television interview)
赛马演奏 Horse Racing
奔驰在草原上 Racing on the Grassland
求主给我一颗心 Lord give me your heart

2. Incorporate “River Jiang Arts”

Moon Festival Chinese ConcertOn July 13, 2011, incorporated by the Richard Ng jointly with Run Lin Fu, Hong Lui, Kim Tai and Zhi Qiao Fang, registered in the name of "River Jiang Arts Inc." society and performance trading as River Chinese Band. It is still a not for profit, non-political and non-religious group. River Jiang Arts aim is to:

(1) Conducting and promoting Chinese traditional and folk music in Australia

(2) Through rehearsals and performances, allow overseas Chinese to enjoy music and to enhance the quality of life and health;

(3) Attempts to cross-border integration of Chinese and Western music, prompting more Western audience love and learning music.

In June 2012, Australia China 31 television news station broadcasted River Chinese Band 澳洲中华电视ZHTV

In March 2013 was our first published “Chinese Small Band Music Book” by our music director, RunLin Fu《小型乐队实用曲谱

In September 2013, River Chinese Band invited China Former Shanghai movie orchestra erhu player, Yu Hui Zhen to Melbourne to solo on the 15th of September in Clayton Hall. http://riverchineseband.org.au/?event=2013-fathermoon-%20%20concert

Then, in the autumn September 19, 2013, the River Chinese Band acted as host ushered for CHINA CONSERVATORY OF NATIONAL ORCHESTRA led by the famous China professor Song Fei for mutual Chinese cultural exchange with Australia.

River Chinese Band mates had fully support the Song Fei concert and watched the concert show at Melbourne Town Hall http://riverchineseband.org.au/?p=234

In 2014 February Lunar Horse Year, River Chinese Band held Springvale multicultural concert and invited the former Shanghai Chinese Orchestra famous erhu player, Mr. Zi Tang Guo to perform Gaohu piece "The Lark " 出名的前上海民族乐团二胡演奏家郭子棠先生参加演出“云雀” . The concert event also invited a small number of ethnic dancer and dance together with River’s members. 少数名族舞蹈团和江河共舞

In July 2014, River Chinese Band held the third anniversary celebration concert at Cambodia Friendship Association 江河中乐社假借柬华联谊会举行成立三周年庆典

In 2014 and 2015, respectively River Chinese Band also held a "2014 Mother's Day Concert ", "2014 Father's Day Concert " and "2014 Mid-Autumn Festival Concert", and recently successfully organized three Combination East meet the West Christmas concerts in 2015. The Concerts partner is Jin Han dance Academy. They participated in two-dance show "Chinese Classical Dance" and "solo Dance." 2015年成功的举办了三场江河迎圣诞东西合璧的音乐会

After three years continuous exploration and improvement activities, River has cultivated and foster a large number of plucking and strings students and the music successor participated in the two Christian high school, Glen Waverley Public school Chinese Museum, Parliament House of Victoria and other places.

River Chinese Band also organized concerts comprising dozens of performance activity as follow:

"2011 The Sound of River Concert"
"2012 Dragon year SBS Radio at Box Hill Square concert"
"2012 Year of the Dragon Chinese New Year Indoor Concert"
"2012 Chinese Classical Music Concert"
"2012 Dragon Boat Concert"
"2012 September Mid-Autumn Festival Chamber Music"
"2012 City Life-Chinese church Christmas Concert"
"2013 Australia Day Concert"
"2013 Easter Indoor Concert"
"2013 River second anniversary celebration concert"
"2013 Mid-Autumn Festival concert"
"2014 Springvale Horse Year multicultural performance"
"2014 Mother's Day Concert"
"2014 July Third Anniversary Celebration Concert"

China Overseas Consul General in Melbourne, Mr. Zhang Xiao Tao and Cultural Consul Madam Ho had watched the River performance "2012 Dragon Concert" and "2013 Australia Day Concert" and also the majority of the audience, community groups and government organizations alike.

2014 and 2015, respectively River Chinese Band also held a "2014 Mother's Day Concert ", "2014 Father's Day Concert ", "2014 Mid-Autumn Festival Concert". And in 2015 River has successfully organized the East meet the West Christmas stuff concert. http://riverchineseband.org.au/?event=east-meet-west-concert

3. River String Quartet

River String Quartet1In October 2014 , under the leadership of the music director Runlin Fu, River Chinese Band has established a professional indoor River String Quartet . This is a cross-border amalgamation of Chinese and Western music , in order to promote East-West exchange music and also to get more Western audience awareness , love and learn the beautiful of Chinese folk music.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016 it will be the first virgin concert took place at Dandenong  Central Senior Citizens Centre (Behind Dandenong Plaza), the concert time is from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.  (More Detail)


4. Upcoming Concerts and Events

  • Chinese Cultural Community Festival
    Venue: Clayton Community Centre 9-15 Cooke Street, Clayton
    Saturday, 6th May 2017 12pm – 4pm

  • 2017 Youth talent Strings Final Competition
    Venue: 218 The Castle Hemmings Park Princes Highway Dandenong 3175
    Saturday, 20th May 2017 1pm- 4pm

  • Springvale Music and Singing
    Venue: Cambodia Friendship Association, 54 Queens Avenue Springvale 3171
    Saturday, 10th June 2017 1pm – 5pm


5. Financial performance

River Chinese Band’s performances has never charged any entrance fee for both indoors and outdoors concert, River provided refreshments to every concert audience and in addition, the River had to pay concert hall, hall rehearsals and concert performances fees.

We first would like to thank City of Monash, City of Greater Dandenong, as well as the Victoria Multicultural Commission to help us to provide concert performance. We also like to thank a few Nanyang University Alumi in Melbourne 墨尔本的南洋大学校友 for their financial support

6. Future Prospects

CertOn July 31, 2013, River Jiang Arts was endorsed and approved by Australia's Ministry of Cultural Organisation and listed in the Australian Government Registered Cultural organizations. The Sound of the River Fund has also been registered with Australian Cultural Organisation and therefore the principal activities of River Jiang Arts’ Fund in Australia is under the Australian Taxation Act and donation are 100% exempted from the taxable income. http://arts.gov.au/sites/default/files/cultural-diversity/register-of-cultural-organisations-roco-november2015.pdf

River future plans and activities are to invite and welcome home country and internationally renowned artists to performed with River Chinese Band together.

We also plan to perform abroad. The first plan will be to a large number of Chinese in Singapore show, the plan need your support and sponsorship. We thank you to become our donors and supporters. Your Contributions to the “River Arts Fund” is very much appreciated.

7. Letter of Support and Commence from the following

Letter form Hong Lim

Letter from Collin Bock

Letter from Bronwyn; Salvation Army Glen Waverley Copr.

Letter from Pastor Chen Abundant Grace Church

Letter from Darryl Lemondine

8. Conclusion

image1The River prominent music features are " Everlasting Homeland Affectionate " and full of classic ancient tone, gentle and elegant sound of music. The sound burst out the Chinese rhyme. The second feature is " fine art ". Many of the River’s concert proved that via many years of teaching in strings and plucking instruments exhibit our musical talent teachers and artists taught specification. The Sound of River tone and the Chinese rhyme who are the majority of Chinese brothers and sisters concerns and also other ethnic groups audience, friends, communities and all levels of government are looking forward to the Sound of River music footed into the future . The Sound of River is now becoming a rising enlivened in Melbourne City and Victoria renowned music and arts star!

Friendly Contact :Mr. Cao Da Gong : 0421 174 505Mr. Dai Jin Zong : 0419 519 187Mr. Richard Ng : 0433 966 251Mr. Fu Run Lin : 0415 282 653