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Lingnan Music Series: Sounding Treasures

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Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre
07.03.2014(Fri) 16:30
(The Late-afternoon Show)
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Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre
08.03.2014(Sat) 20:00$160, $120
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Seasoned local musicians with virtuosi in Chaozhou music, together with the highly esteemed Ng Wing-mui of nanyin fame and her protégé, will take us back in the good old days of leisurely pace in the 1950-1960’s with notes coming from the fine selection of musical instruments and voices of live singing. 



Cantonese Music Ensemble

Autumn Moon over a Placid Lake

Yang Cuixi

The Flowing Water and the Drifting Clouds

Chaozhou Music Ensemble

Storming the Chamber

Fish Hawks Dabbling in the Water

The Moon on the West River

Han Music Ensemble

Song of the West Chamber

Gaohu Solo with Strings and Wind Accompaniment

Birds Returning to the Woods

Erhu Solo with Strings and Wind Accompaniment

Meditations in the Boudoir

Erhu Solo with Zheng Accompaniment

Disappearing Tunes of Hong Kong and Shanghai

Treasures Return

Strings and Wind Ensemble

Moonlight on the Spring River

Zheng Solo

Night Rain on the Plantain-framed Windows (7/3 only)

The Joyful Spring (8/3 only)

Nanyin (Cantonese Narrative Singing)

Love's Yearning


About the Performers


Qinqin/ Yangqin: Ng Wing-mui

Gaohu/ Yehu: To Wing

Pipa: Chu Chun-keung

Yehu/ Erhu: Yu Siu-wah

Pipa/ Docent in Cantonese: Ho Kang-ming

Zheng: Lee King-chi (7/3 only)

Zheng: Chan Kwok-fai (8/3 only)

Dizi/ Dongxiao: Chan Chi-chun

Dizi: Hui Chun-lit

Vocal: Leung Hoi-lee


Ng Wing-mui

Qinqin / Yangqin

Ng Wing-mui is a renowned virtuoso in the Chinese vocal art form of quyi, particularly in Cantonese operatic music and nanyin.  She is also esteemed for her virtuosity in the Chinese musical instruments of yangqin and qinqin.  She has been working as a qinqin accompanist for the Cantonese musicians and nanyin singers, including the nanyin veteran artists Kam Ming-chiu and Au Kwan-cheung.  Her qinqin playing has been highly acclaimed as such pure and mellow tones, and her fingering techniques are so adept.  Ng was was listed as an Official Bearer of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Nanyin Narrative Singing at National Level by the Ministry of Culture in December 2012. She was also conferred the degree of Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, by Lingnan University in 2013.


To Wing

Gaohu / Yehu

To Wing began learning the Cantonese operatic song and the huqin at a young age, taught by his grandmother and his father.  Later, he received training from one of the most influential figures in Cantonese music, Wong Yuet-sang, with whom he also worked for a number of years.  In the latter half of the 1990’s, he avidly explored the various genres of Chinese music, including taking lessons in Jiangnan Sizhu under Tong Leung-tak, gaohu performing techniques and Cantonese music under Yu Qiwei in Guangzhou, and Chinese music history under Yu Siu-wah and Chan Hing-yan in Hong Kong.  On the concert stage, To performs with a relaxing, elegant style that puts both the player and the listener at ease.  He has released a CD recording in which he was the gaohu leader of a five-piece ensemble.


Chu Chun-keung


Chu Chun-keung first learned guoyue (national music) and the pipa during his secondary school years under the tutelage of Lui Pui-yuen at the Ming Tak Youth Centre.  Later he learned Chaozhou music from the expert in Chaozhou Confucian music, Ng Wing-wah.  While his forte is in the pipa, he was also trained in musical instruments such as yangqin and zheng.  In recent years, Chu has been an active figure in Chaozhou music as well as in Chaozhou opera, performing for the Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Merchants Mutual Assistance Society Ltd. and song art interest groups.   


Yu Siu-wah

Yehu / Erhu

Yu Siu-wah formerly worked in the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Radio Television Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  He is on the faculty of the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, teaching Chinese music history, Chinese opera and operatic music, as well as music and pop culture in Hong Kong.  He was Director of the Department’s Chinese Music Archive between 2005 and 2012.  His areas of research include music of the Manchus and the Mongols, Chinese instrumental music and musical instruments, Cantonese opera, narrative singing, and the correlation between politics and music.  Since 2013, he has been working as Researcher and Editor-in-Chief in the compilation and publication of  A Compendium of Chinese Opera (Hong Kong Volume)  and A Record of Music of Chinese Opera (Hong Kong Volume) of the Lingnan University.  He is currently the Chairman of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee and Museum Expert Adviser of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. 


Ho Kang-ming

Pipa / Docent in Cantonese

Ho Kang-ming was a pipa musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra between 1976 and 1980.  He gave several solo recitals in Hong Kong and Singapore, and premiered many new pipa pieces by contemporary composers.  In 1998, Ho formed the Chinese music group, Wind and Silk, with Yuen Shi-chun, Tam Po-shek and Yu Siu-wah.  In 2004, he was an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii, where he performed as well as lectured.  In 2005, he was invited by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra to give demonstration performances of the pipa with silk strings at two of its concerts, The Chinese Lute Down the Ages, and Pluckety Pluck - Chinese Plucked String Music.  He gave a pipa recital at the University of Hong Kong in 2006, and was invited by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to give a series of talks entitled Pleasures Inspired by Music in 2011.


Lee King-chi (Perform on 7 Mar only)


Lee King-chi entered The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2005 where she majored in zheng under Xu Lingzi, and earned her Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree in Music with first class honours in 2010.  She was awarded the Hongkong Bank Foundation HKSAR/Mainland Exchange Scholarship Programme during her study at the Academy and studied traditional zheng music under He Baoquan in Shanghai.  With a keen interest in Cantonese opera and Chinese music since childhood, Lee joined the Love and Faith Cantonese Opera Troupe during her primary and secondary school years.   She was invited by the Chinese Language Foundation of New Zealand to introduce Chinese opera and Chinese music to primary and secondary school students in Auckland during her undergraduate years.  In recent years, she has been an active accompanist for Nanyin and Cantonese opera performances.


Chan Kwok-fai (Perform on 8 Mar only)


Born in Hong Kong, Chan Kwok-fai first learned the zheng under Law Xing-nam during the 1960's, and received further training from So Chun-bo, Louis Chen Lei-shi and Ngai Mau-shu.  Chan’s playing shows a unique sense of improvisational ease and relaxed tempo.  He specialises in the traditional zheng music of Hakka, Chaozhou, and Guangdong.  His playing of Nan Jing Gong was featured in So Chun-bo’s album, released during the 1970's.  In the mid-1980's, Chan edited two volumes of An Anthology of Zheng Music


Chan Chi-chun

Dizi / Dongxiao

Chan Chi-chun graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Master of Philosophy degree in Ethnomusicology respectively.  His field of study was funeral music in Hong Kong and wind-and-percussion music of Guangdong and his academic papers on this subject were published in journals in the Mainland and the United States.  He was invited to give a dizi recital at the Hong Kong City Hall by the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2011.  In recent years, he has forayed into music accompaniment for nanyin, and has served as a member of the accompanying ensemble for kunqu excerpts and the full-length Cantonese opera production, The Romance of Purple Hairpin.  He is currently a senior research assistant in the compilation and publication of A Compendium of Chinese Opera (Hong Kong Volume) and A Record of Music of Chinese Opera (Hong Kong Volume) of the Lingnan University.  


Hui Chun-lit


Hui Chun-lit is a dizi player who holds a Certificate of Distinction for Grade Ten Proficiency awarded by the China Nationalities Orchestra Society.  He benefitted from the masterclasses given by Zhang Weiliang of the China Conservatory and Lu Chunling.   Hui became a professional dizi player with the Shantou Chaozhou Opera Troupe between 1983 and 1993, and occasionally played the erhu or served as accompanist on the cello. Hui participated in the first and third International Chaozhou Opera Festival, and represented the Cultural Bureau of Shantou City to perform in a concert at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing in 2003, to name a few.  He has been actively involved in performance and teaching in recent years.


Leung Hoi-lee


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Leung Hoi-lee is a young nanyin singer.  Being passionate about nanyin music, she has studied dishui nanyin with the master of the genre, Au Kwan-cheung since 2009.  She also receives support and guidance from Ng Wing-mui and other veteran artists in the same field.  Leung performed for numerous times in Macao.  Her performance at the Nanyin Concert – Those Lamentable Bygone Days in 2011 was well-received by the local audience.  






Tickets available from 16 January 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.


‘Lingnan Music Series’ Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for Hong Kong Chiuchow Music Ensemble – A Concert of Chaozhou Gongs and Drums Da luogu, Hong Kong Chiuchow Music Ensemble – A Concert of Chaozhou Xianshi Ensemble Music, Sounding Treasures and Zheng Concert by Chen Anhua:

10% off for any 2 programmes, 15% off for any 3 programmes, 20% off for all 4 programmes.

(Except ‘Raoping Chiu Chow Opera Troupe of Guangdong & Sun Hon Kwong Chiu Chow Opera Troupe’)


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


The box office of Yau Ma Tei Theatre only sells tickets for programmes performed at the venue. 


Programme Length

Running time of each performance is about 1 hour 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.

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



Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking : www.urbtix.hk


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

Programme Notes


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