What is a Chinese orchestra?
Chinese orchestra generally refers to the modern Chinese orchestras found in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau and other countries with Chinese communities.
Singapore probably has one of the most number of Chinese orchestras in a country. About 40% of all secondary and primary schools have a Chinese orchestra. In addition to that, some dialect associations and community centres also set up their own Chinese orchestras.
What are the different sections of a Chinese orchestra?
Chinese orchestra is typically divided into 4 sections, according to the way they are played.
The 4 sections are: Bowed string (拉弦乐), Plucked string (弹拨乐), Wind (吹管乐), Percussion (打击乐)
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