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.
On 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:
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
In 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 Monday, September 26, 2016 it will be the first virgin concert took place at Mulgrave Community Centre, the concert time is from 1.30pm to 3pm.
On Sunday, July 3, 2016 is 5th anniversary of River Chinese Band. In order to meet the upcoming fifth anniversary celebration , River Chinese Band performer has specifically ordered new costumes for 5th anniversary concert show.
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
On 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.
The 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 : 0426 991 781Miss Rita Lei Hong : 0421 249 439Mr. Wu Zhen Xing : 0416 635 799