Hong Kong Cultural Centre Arts Education Programme 2013
“The Transcendent Instrument” Pipe Organ Education Concert

Conducted in Cantonese. Free admission with ticket

4 October 2013 (Friday)
Concert Hall

The pipe organ of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, hand-made by the Austrian manufacturer Rieger Orgelbau, is the largest mechanically operated instrument of its kind in the Southeast Asia. This pipe organ is a powerful instrument that appeals to our senses in a unique way. Its enormous range of sounds, coupled with a huge variety of tone colours, is hailed as the “King of the Instruments”.

To expose the public to this powerful territory of music, the Centre has invited two outstanding local organists to host this education concert which will illustrate the origin and development, the structure, and different musical styles of the pipe organ through audio-visual displays and live demonstrations, so that the audience will learn more about the performance techniques and appreciation on organ music; thus stimulating their interest in this “King of the Instruments”.

Marsha Chow –After graduating from The Chinese University of Hong Kong where she completed her Bachelor degree in Music, majoring in organ, Marsha Chow furthered her pursuit of organ music in London. She was awarded the Walford Davies prize and her Master degree at the Royal College of Music. During her time in London, she gave a number of public performances, including the organ recital in the London Handel Festival in Hanover Square and the concert series at St Michael’s, Cornhill. She was the organ scholar at Bromley Parish Church. Since her return to Hong Kong, Chow has maintained her collaborations with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and The Sacred Singers etc. Besides, she has been closely working with the Hong Kong Church Music Association to promote sacred music. She is currently the organist and choir conductor of the Oi Kwan Road Baptist Church.

Gary Tong – After secondary studies, Gary Tong furthered his studies in Canada, and now holds a Music Diploma in Piano Performance from the Mount Royal College, a Bachelor Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Calgary, and a Master Music Degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, with major in Organ Performance and minor in Conducting. He was the Second-prize Winner of the Royal Canadian College of Organists National Playing Competition. He was the President for the Royal Canadian College of Organists Calgary Center, the Assistant Organist at Christ Church (Anglican) in Calgary, conductor for the Calgary Chinese Evangelical Free Church, accompanist for the Calgary Chinese Oratorio Society and the founder of Calgary Chinese Chamber Choir. After moving back to Hong Kong, he focused on promoting organ music in Hong Kong as well as church music ministry. He is now the Assistant in Music Ministry at the Chinese Methodist Church, Hong Kong and the organ tutor at churches.

Free tickets are distributed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Enquiry Counter (9am to 9pm daily) from 13 September onwards. Each patron may get a maximum of 4 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Audiences aged 6 and above are welcome. Programme lasts for around 90 minutes without intermission. Members of the audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme without prior notice should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

Programme Enquiries: 2734 2009 / 2734 2819