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Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra - Air Fair


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17 December 2011 (Sat) 8pm
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall 
$140, $110, $80
 
Performers

Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra
Conductor
: Wai Sing-fat 
Composer/Arranger/Sheng Solo: Ng Cheuk-yin
Clarinet and Saxophone Solo: Martin Choy

 
Programme

Sheng Leading

Big Ben
Sheng Leading : Ng Cheuk-yin

Ng Cheuk-yin & Sheema Mukherjee
Arr. Ng Cheuk-yin

 

Sheng Quartet

Torch Festival
Sheng: Ng Cheuk-yin, Cheng Ho-kwan, Cheung Kwai-leung, Ho Wai-kin

Gao Jinxiang

 

Clarinet and Orchestra

Première Rapsodie

 

Debussy Arr. Ng Cheuk-yin

Bass Clarinet and Orchestra

Reflection of the Moon onErquan Spring

Hua Yanjun Arr. Peng Xiuwen

 

Saxophone and Orchestra

Torrents of River

Northeast Folk Music Arr. Li Jiahua

 

Clarinet and Dizi Duo

The Boat on Land
Dizi: Cheng Shing-tai

Shanbei Folk Song 
Arr. Ma Di, Zhang Yanwu

 

Wind Ensemble

Old Drama

Ng Cheuk-yin

Wind and Percussion

La-Gua

Wei Yongtang

 

Ensemble

Song of the General

Sunan Traditional Music Arr. Peng Xiuwen

 

 

A Carnival in the Land of the Dragon

Liu Wenjin

 

 

Seizing a Bumper Harvest
Paigu Leading: Leung Ching-kit

 

Li Minxiong

 

 

Local Customs along Huanghe
3rd movement: Watching the Rice Sprout Song
5th movement: Jubilation
Suona Soloists: Ge Li, Ma Wai-him
Dizi Leading: Cheng Shing-tai, Chan Chi-kong

Jing Jianshu

 

 

 


 
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Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra

 

 

The Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra was established in 1979, with an aim to promote Chinese music and carry forward its rich heritage. Among its members, many are recitalists who have received formal music training and were winners of the Hong Kong School Music Festival. Some of them were the “Hong Kong Elites” selected by the Music Office to give touring performances abroad. The Orchestra has collaborated with an array of music virtuosi including Kuan Nai-chung, Wang Fujian, Xiao Biayong, Wong On-yuen, Chen Ruei-bin, Li Chuanyun and Wubulikasaimu. In 2004, the Orchestra organized a fundraising charity concert entitled Yellow River Cantata. The performance assembled more than 600 performers and organized successfully. The orchestra participated in the concerts organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and Hong Kong 2009 East Asia Games. For its 30th anniversary of foundation, the Orchestra invited friends from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia and Sichuan, China, to perform in a concert in Hong Kong. The Orchestra has made many recordings in both cassette tape and CD recordings, including the Gold Disc winner, Fishermen’s Song of the East Sea.

Wai Sing-fat

Conductor

 

Wai Sing-fat graduated from the Diploma course of The Hong Kong Conservatory of Music, Bachelor Degree course of the music department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Master Degree course from the School of Business and Administration of The Open University of Hong Kong respectively. Wai and a group of young musicians founded the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra (HKMLCO) in 1979.  Under Wai's baton, the HKMLCO had performed widely in Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and UnitedStates of America. Wai also conducted the HKMLCO in a CD recording produced and distributed by BMG. As a guest conductor, Wai had worked with Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Music Society Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra, Malaysia Professional Cultural Center Orchestra, Australia Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra, China Chengdu National Music Orchestra, China Tianjin National Music Orchestra, China Youth Chinese Music Orchestra of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, China Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, Musicians of All Saints in Britain and Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in Czech Republic. With the invitation from organizations such as Hong Kong Composers' Guild and Chinese Music Virtuosi, Wai conducted the premiere of a number of modern compositions. Wai maintained keen interest in training youth orchestras, he has trained the Children Chinese Orchestra in Summer Camp organized by the Hong Kong Music Office. Wai also trained the Brighton Youth Orchestra in a winter camp held in United Kingdom. In 1997, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra organized the first concert in the '1997 Reunification Music Festival' and invited more than 20 orchestras to form the Hong Kong United Chinese Orchestra performing in the concert. Wai was elected to be the conductor and chairman of the organization committee of the combined orchestra.

Wai also appointed as the trustee of Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, member of the Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee, vice president of the Hong Kong Bamboo Flute Society, director of Hong Kong Chinese Instrumental Music Association. Wai had been the advisor of the BA and MA courses in Music for the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and many other organizations.  Wai had also been invited to be the adjudicator of various forms of music competition, and he had given lectures and workshops in various universities, Music Office and other organizations.

Ng Cheuk-yin

Composer/Arranger/Sheng Solo

 

Ng Cheuk-yin is a renowned composer, arranger and performer who writes for Chinese and Western instruments. He was Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s first Artist Associate (2006–2008) and is a member of a cappella group “The Gay Singers” and the founder of the crossover group “SIU2”.  After receiving a post-graduate degree from the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he went on to study at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

In 2009, Ng received the Best Serious Composition in CASH Golden Sail Music Awards for a theatrical choral concert Rock Hard. And this work was performed as the opening show of Hong Kong’s cultural program in Shanghai EXPO 2010. Listed among TimeOut HK Magazine’s Top 20 Musicians 2008, he also won the 2008 Canto-pop Top 10 from Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (Commercial Radio), the Best Broadcast Rate Award (MetroRadio Broadcast) and the 31st Top 10 Canton Pop Award (Radio Television Hong Kong) for his work Under the Sakura tree which was composed for pop singer Hins Cheung in 2008.

Ng's works range from chamber and orchestral works to electronic music; from rock musicto musicals; from choral works to pop songs and music for crossover bands and ensembles. He has collaborated with various groups and Hong Kong pop singers. His works have been performed by different groups all over the world.

Ng's major orchestral works include White (Saint-Riquier Festival and the Les Flâneries Musicales d'Été de Reims in France/Hong Kong Sinfonietta), Journey (Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra & Four Gig Heads), Fly (2007 Hong Kong Arts Festival/Hong Kong Sinfonietta & Jun Kung), etc.

Other works include the theme song Singing Voices of the World for the Global Outstanding Children and Youth Chinese Singing Festival; Jolly Mcdull on the Ferry, Pearl of the Orient Overture and Moving to City Tempo in the Grand Variety Show in Celebration of 10thAnniversary of the Reunification; music for Hong Kong – Equestrian Capital (commissioned for the opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympics); the Musical and Theme Song A Tale from the Magical Beanland for Hong Kong Children's Choir;  Sheng It Up (Hong Kong Arts Festival 2008); Laughing Mama of the Actor's Family (The International Arts Carnival 2009),etc.

Ng is also a Sheng Performer. As the leader of the Chinese fusion group SIU2, Ng's performance is highly acclaimed by audience, media and critics all over the world.

Martin Choy

Clarinet and Saxophone Solo

 

Martin Choy started learning the clarinet at the age of 12, under the guidance of Norman Foster.  He later entered the Hong Kong Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Daniel Silver.  In 1985 he furthered his pursuit of music at the Royal College of Music under John McCaw, the principal Clarinet of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

After returning from England he was engaged as clarinetist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the season 1987.  Choy is now teaching Clarinet and Saxophone at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Music Institute.  Besides, he is the Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Wind Ensemble Association.  He is also the founding member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in which he was the Principal Clarinet from 1990 to 2006. As a soloist, Choi has performed with many orchestras, such as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Macao Chamber Orchestra.  Since 1996, he has been invited to be an adjudicator for the Macao Youth Music Competition many times and to give master classes on those occasions.  He is a founding member of the group, Les Six, and an overseas adviser to the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Choi also performs widely as a chamber and solo musician, such as for the annual Musicarama and ISCM Music Days presented by the Hong Kong Composers Guild, in venues all over the world, including Japan, France, Poland and Lithuania.

Currently, Choi is actively engaged in training bands in schools in Hong Kong. He is the bandmaster of the Alliance Primary School (Kowloon Tong) and Pui Ching Middle School.  In recent years, he has commissioned local composers to write music for the school bands under his charge, in a bid to establish a band music culture in Hong Kong schools.

 
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Programme Length

Running time of this concert is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.  Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

 
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 17 November onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;
15% off for each purchase of 10-19 standard tickets;
20% off for each purchase of 20 or more standard tickets.

 
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Enquiries

Programme Enquiries : 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries & Reservations: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary

 
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