In the later years of the 1960s on a small island in Hong Kong, a young boy from Britain fell in love with the culture of a nation called China. Only years later, while living in London, did this young music student meet a Guqin at a small music shop in Chinatown. As if meeting with destiny, he was stricken by the beauty of Guqin and would then spend three decades more separated from his passion.
Finally, after a forty year career in Western classical music, the mature Englishman purchased a Guqin and began to teach himself to play. He became so immersed in the lore of the Guqin that a friend from Shanghai gifted him the 号 hao (courtesy name), 隐啸 Yin Xiao, or “Whistling Recluse”.
From the onset, Yin Xiao’s passion extended to the revival of silk strings, and he started to experiment with strings made by different makers from China and Japan. During these forays, he found a lack of support for his art in Europe and, in particular, a traditional string glue to maintain the silk strings he so enjoyed. This led to the creation of the Yin Xiao Song Dynasty String Glue, and then the offering of his services for the upkeep and longevity of Guqin.
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