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Concert by Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
$160, $120
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
$140, $120, $100
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
$140, $100
Programme Notes
Programme Notes




5/1 (Sun)

19/1 (Sun)

26/1 (Sun)



Ritual for a Bumper Harvest

 Ritual for a
 Bumper Harvest   

Ritual for  a BumperHarvest

    Kuan Nai-


TV Themes Suite

TV Themes Suite


    Koo Kar-fai


To the Spring Fair


To the Spring Fair

    Yugao, Lei


Good News from Beijing to the Frontier


Good News from Beijing to the Frontier

    Zheng Lu,


Rejoice in Peace



    Chan Wing-



Celebration Overture


    Zhao Jiping



The Surging of Messy Clouds


    Arr. Peng




The Flower Drums of Fengyang

    Anhui Folk
    Song  Arr. 
    Wang Fuijian




The Spring of Hezhe People

    Peng Xiuwen




Eight Steeds

    Chan Wing-

  Pipa Solo

The Moon Rises High



    Ancient Tune


Little Stream



    Yunnan Folk
    Song  Arr.
    Zhang Dasen



Eternal Regret at Linan


    Lin Jiliang,
    He Zhanhou




Sister Song

    He Zhanhao

  Double Dizi & 

For the Love of the Yellow Earth



    Qu Chunquan

  Dizi &



Spring in Jiangnan

    Lu Chunling,
    Zeng Jiaqing

& Orchestra

Meditation During Confinement in Sickness



    Liu Tianhua 
    Arr. Qu



Reflections of the Moon on the Waters


    Hua Yanjun





Red Decorations in Candle Lights

    Liu Tianhua
    Arr. Qu

  Erhu Concerto


The Red Plum Capriccio


    Wu Houyuan

& Orchestra

A Victorious Return




    Chen Junying




Autumn Moon over a Placid Lake


    Music  Lui



Birds Returning to the Woods


    Yi Jianquan

  Plucked Strings 

  The Jingling
  of Camel Bells


The Jingling of Camel Bells

    Gu Guanren




 My Tour of the 

     Gu Guanren



About the Performer

Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra

Established in 1994, the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra has made unremitting endeavours over the decades to promote Chinese culture, to enhance the development of Chinese music in the territory, and to foster extensive exchange activities between local and overseas music circles.  In 2000, a series of five concerts and 11 seminars were organized in the form of a chronicle under ‘A Retrospective Look at Chinese Music in the Twentieth Century’.  Being the first of its kind in the realm of Chinese music, the programme attracted great interest in the music circles on the Mainland as well as overseas.  The orchestra is recognized as a very promising Chinese orchestra.

Hu Bingxu (19/1 only) 


Being one of the most outstanding conductors in contemporary Chinese music, Hu Bingxu was formerly Deputy Leader and Principal Conductor of the China Chinese National Orchestra, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Guangdong National Orchestra of China, and at various times the Resident Conductor of the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China, the China National Opera House, the National Ballet of China, the Peking Opera Troupe, the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe and the China National Song and Dance Troupe.  Hu conducts with flair, accuracy and precision.  His performance is impassioned and touching.  He received the ‘Outstanding Conductor Award’ from the Ministry of Culture in China, and has been invited to conduct on various important occasions.  He has conducted orchestras for scoring of more than 80 films and TV dramas.  He received the ‘Golden Disc Conductor Special Award’ by China Record Corporation in 1995.  He led the China Chinese National Orchestra on an eighteen-city tour to the United States in 1997 together with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, performing the first concert ever by a Chinese orchestra and a Chinese music conductor in the history of the Carnegie Hall.

Chan Wing-wah (5/1, 26/1 only)


Chan Wing-wah is currently Chairman of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, an Honorary Advisor of music groups including the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Dance Company and various.  As a composer, he has written eight symphonies, orchestral and chamber works, choral music, children songs, etc.  His composition awards include First Prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest in the United States and the ‘Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize’ from the Asian Composers League.  Locally he received the ‘Composer of the Year Award’ from the Hong Kong Artists' Guild in 1991, the ‘Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award’ from the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong in 1992, the ‘Best Serious Composition Golden Sail Music Awards’ from the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong in 2004 and 2007.  His biography is included in the New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians Online.  The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region appointed him Justice of the Peace in 2000.  He was invited to become a member of the Chinese Musicians Association in 2009.  He is now Head of College of Humanities and Law at the School of Professional and Continuing Education of the University of Hong Kong.

Ching Sau-wing (5/1, 19/1 only)

Conductor / Erhu

A renowned erhu performer in China, Ching Sau-wing is currently a Director of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society and an Honorary Director of the Erhu Society under the Chinese Musicians Association, a Visiting Professor at the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy, and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra.  Ching graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.  He was the winner of many major music competitions since 1980, which included a Class One Award at the National Traditional Instruments Solo Competition held by the Ministry of Culture in China in 1982.  As a performer, he is recognized for his sweet tone colour, emotional lyricism and impassioned delivery and won high critical acclaim.  He has been training many Chinese orchestras and ensembles and playing an advisory role in the field.  As conductor of these groups in concerts presented by the former Urban Council and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, or as their leader on overseas tours, he has been a driving force behind the promotion of Chinese traditional culture and Chinese music.

Chan Kwok-fai (26/1 only)


Chan Kwok-fai is one of the seasoned music practitioners in Hong Kong.  In 1980s, he graduated at Tianjin Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Conservatory of Music and majored in yangqin.  He also studied Chinese Music Composition and Conducting under Hu Dengtiao and Xia Feiyun.  Chan has been the conductor of many orchestras in their concerts.  In 1994, he was a producer with BMG label and supervised various productions.  Chan currently works as a conductor, and is also a yangqin instructor in the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Music Office.  His achievements in the academic field are clearly demonstrated by the many outstanding students trained by him, who have themselves become professionals in yangqin teaching and performance. He is therefore a driving force behind Chinese music.

Yu Hong (19/1 only)


Yu Hong graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zheng.  She is a National Class One Performer, a member of the Chinese Musicians Association and Music Director of the Tsuen Wan Yuen Yin Chinese Orchestra of Hong Kong.  Yu began learning to play the zheng at the age of seven, and already won a Gold Award at the All China Junior Instrumental Music Competition a year later.  At the age of 15, she was a young cultural ambassador from China on tour to the United States, and performed solo at the White House for Nancy Reagan, wife of the former President Reagan.  She was a winner of many prestigious awards including an Outstanding Award at the International Competition for Chinese Solo Instrumentalists, the Gold Award of the Instrumental Music Competition which was part of the Jiangsu Music and Dance Festival, a Class One Award for Zheng at the Third Chinese Instrumental Music Competition of Jiangsu, and another Gold Award at the ‘Jasmine Cup’ Chinese Instrumental Music of Jiangsu.

Ng Hiu-hung (5/1, 26/1 only) 


Ng Hiu-hung is a renowned zheng virtuoso and a graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  She received training under well-known teachers such as Rao Ningxin, Hon See-wah, Gao Zicheng and Louis Chen, she is able to assimilate the various stylistic schools and come into her own.  Ng is the first zheng artist in Hong Kong to release her recordings under international labels.  Her latest solo album, which features the best of her repertoire, was released by Sony Music in recent year.  Her discography includes a solo album and The Butterfly Lovers, which she recorded with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, both released under the BMG label in 1996.  The latter came third on Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4’s classical records chart, pushing on to become one of the best sellers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Zeng Qiujian (5/1, 19/1 only) 


Zeng Qiujian is a native of Shanwei in Guangdong.  He graduated from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in 1998.  He gave a successful solo recital in Guangzhou in 2007, and was admitted to the Master in Music Education programme of the Hong Kong Institute of Education in the same year.  He was awarded a Master’s degree in Music Education cum laude in 2010.  More recently, he came second in the 2012 Ethnic Instrumental Music Television Competition – Traditional Folk Ensemble Section, organized by China’s Central Television.

Yu Wing-ka (5/1 only)


Yu Wing-ka first learned the liuqin under Ko Tit-kwan when she was very young.  Later she turned to the pipa and was under the tutelage of Cheung Yim-yu.  She graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree and a Diploma in Performance (Music) in 2010.  During her studies, she was awarded the Hongkong Bank Foundation’s HKSAR/Mainland Performing Arts Exchange Programme Scholarships in 2006 and 2008; and the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarship for four consecutive years.  Yu is an active figure on the local music scene, performing regularly with the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra, The Academy Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble.

Cheng Chawen (5/1 only)


Cheng Chawen received dizi training under Lai Kam-biu and Lam Si-kwn when she was young, and benefitted from the coaching of Chan Hung-yin.  She was a multiple winner in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals while still in school.  In 2004, at the invitation of ROI Productions Limited, she performed with the ‘Oriental Angels’, a Chinese female ensemble, in Japan.  Cheng is a versatile player of the dizi and the western flute, currently working as a concert and recording artist and a music teacher to promote the art of dizi.

Sham Kin-yu (5/1 only)


Sham Kin-yu received his first training in dizi under Wong Sek-on, and later learned the shakuhachi under Heihachiro Tsukamoto in Japan.  He graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where he majored in dizi under Sun Yongzhi, dongxiao performance and dongxiao-making under Tam Po-shek, and guqin under Tse Chun-yan.  During his studies, he was awarded the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Scholarship, the Hongkong Bank Foundation’s HKSAR/Mainland Performing Arts Exchange Programme Scholarship, the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarship and the Welsh Daffodils Prize.  As a member of The Academy’s touring ensembles, he performed in France, Belgium and Germany.

Wu Siu-hin (5/1, 26/1 only)   


Wu Siu-hin holds a diploma and a degree in music from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and is now pursuing a Master degree in gaohu.  His teachers included Luk Chi-sing, Ching Sau-wing and Yu Qiwei.  Wu is an active figure in Chinese music research, education and performance, and is currently Principal Huqin with The Academy Chinese Orchestra of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Principal Erhu with the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra and a huqin musician with the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble.

Wong Sze-wing (26/1 only)       


Wong Sze-wing received her first lessons in dizi under Yim Koon-fat and Chu Siu-wai when she was in junior secondary school.  She was the Dizi Principal of the St. Paul’s Secondary School Chinese Orchestra, and performed as soloist when she went on tour with the orchestra to the United States and Australia.  She was second runner-up in the Chinese Instrumental Solo - Advanced Class at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.  Wong is a keen promoter of Chinese music and was the founder of the SPSS Alumnae Association Chinese Orchestra, and a founding member of ‘Joyous’ and the Hong Kong Oriental Chinese Orchestra.  She is currently the Secretary General of the Hong Kong Chinese Instrumental Music Association, and an active member of the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong Youth Music Society Chinese Orchestra and many more.




Tickets available from 5 December onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card 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 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

Programme Length

Running time of each performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes. 

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

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


Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk


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