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Siao Yuan is a Chinese plucked string instrument over 2000 years old. Siao Yuan is similar to a lute, is has a fretted neck, a circular body and four strings. Originally the strings where made from silk, from the 20th Century they have been made of steel. Modern Xiao Yuan have 24 frets. The frets are commonly made of ivory or in recent years made from metal mounted on wood.


The award winning Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra performs around the world.


It is the first and largest Chinese Youth Orchestra in Europe. Their unique sound and joyous melodies give their audiences a flavour of both Chinese and Western, & ancient, and modern experimental fusion.Throughout the years, many young people between the ages of 4 to 20 have learnt to play Chinese musical instruments. Its not just about music but about learning and sharing their rich cultural heritage. 


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