Special passion for Love duet folk song

Update: 13:41 | 22/09/2020

(BGO) - Vu Thi Thoa (born in 1952) is Chairwoman of Rong Vang Quan ho (Love duet) club in Tien Phong commune, Yen Dung district (Bac Giang province). Her family has invested more than 500 million VND (21,500 USD) to build the singing room and buy equipment to teach Quan ho singing to local children.

Thoa is a talented singer from early childhood. At her teenage, she passionately studied to sing Quan ho on Vietnam Radio’s programme. Later, Thoa had chance to learn singing love duet songs when studying at educational sector in Bac Ninh province. After graduating, she worked at Tien Phong Primary and Secondary School and retired in 1991 due to weak health and personal reason.

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Vu Thi Thoa teaches children to sing Quan ho.

Then, she took the free time to cure the illness and continue her singing hobby. Whenever Thoa has chance to perform Quan ho and exchange with the singers in different places, her health condition and spirit seem better so she decided to attach to the folk art.

Since 2014, she has acted as Chairwoman of Rong Vang Quan ho club and operated the activities at the Center of Traditional Quan ho Culture in Bac Giang province (under the Vietnam National Institute of Culture Studies and Promotion).

The Club well collects the traditional Quan ho melodies, regularly organizes exchange and practice activities. Thoa is also elected to be in charge of the Quan ho Club in the north side of Cau river in Yen Dung district. Thanks to the encouragement and support from her husband and family, she has invested over 21,500 USD to build a singing room at home, buy instruments, loudspeaker systems and costumes …for operation.

Acknowledging the need to transfer the gained experience to the youngster, she voluntarily opens several free classes to teach Quan ho to children at home, each lasts about 3 months. To date, more than 100 learners have been instructed by Thoa who is licensed to teach Quan ho performance to local students by the Division of Education and Training, Center of Culture and Information in the district.

Under her enthusiasm instruction, Rong Vang Quan ho Club has won high prizes at the art contests and festivals held in the district, province and region. Thoa and the Club have been awarded 20 Certificates of Merit and Insignias including 4 Certificates of Merit bestowed by Vietnam National Institute of Culture Studies and Promotion.

Thoa is honored as a exemplary model in preserving Quan ho culture in the north side of Cau river.

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