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Concert by Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra

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Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
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About the Programme

This concert offers an interpretation of local culture through a puppet play and multi-media visual. Using a light-hearted approach, it showcases Hong Kong culture old and new - the splendour of the Pearl of the Orient, the abject hardships of the Kowloon Walled City, the uniqueness of ‘yum cha, the rustic warmth of the ‘Mountain Folksongs’ in Sai Kung, and the soothing sweetness of pop classics.



Hong Kong by Day and by Night



Morning in Hong Kong       

Tong Leung-tak                            


The City that Never Sleeps  

Peng Xiuwen





Hong Kong in Its Early Days



Tales of the Walled City Suite

Chen Ning-chi





Tea Houses and Cantonese Film Culture of Hong Kong



Old Restaurant, Old Drama

Leading player: Cheng Ho-kwan, Lam Chak-yin,

Iu Yan (13/4 only), Lau Wai-yan (21/4 and 28/4 only)

Ng Cheuk-yin






Pop Culture – Mandarin Golden Oldies



The Green Island Serenade

Arr. Kuan Nai-chung


Lovers’ Tears             

Arr. Qian Zhaoxi


The Story of a Small Town

Arr. Kuan Nai-chung





Canto Pop



Love in Hong Kong Suite No. 3  

Arr. Joshua Chan




Suona and Orchestra

Cantonese Music



Set Tunes in Cantonese Music

Solo: Kwan Lok-tin (13/4 only),

Ma Wai-him (21/4 and 28/4 only)

Arr. Lo Wai-leung






Indigenous Music

On Our Native Soil



Selection of ‘Mountain Folksongs’ in Sai Kung

Traditional Hakka 'Mountain Folksongs'



Chorus and Orchestra




A Candle’s Fire

Chelsia Chan  Arr. Yu Lun


Below the Lion Rock

Joseph Koo  Arr. Law Wai-lun


About the Performer

The Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra

Since its establishment in 1979, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra has been a driving force behind Chinese music. Apart from giving regular concerts in Hong Kong, it has been invited to perform in Macao, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States, Sichuan and Zhejiang in China, Malaysia, Australia etc. In these musical exchange activities, the Orchestra has established close ties with the local organizations and cultural sectors.  The orchestras it has collaborated with include the China Chengdu National Music Orchestra, the China Youth Chinese Music Orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Music of Beijing, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Tianjin Folk Orchestra, Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra of Singapore, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra of Australia, the Professional Cultural Centre Orchestra of Malaysia, etc. The Orchestra has collaborated with many music virtuosi, including Kuan Nai-chung, Song Guanghai, Wang Fujian, Yang Li, Xiao Biayong, Wong On-yuen, Yu Qiwei, Ubulikasm, Liu Ying, Sun Huang, Chen Ruei-bin, Li Chuanyun, Guan Mucun, Chen Lingyu, Huang Hongying, Tang Biao, Gong Linna, among many others.

The Orchestra regularly participates in concerts presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It also participated in the concerts organized by the Department for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and Hong Kong 2009 East Asia Games. It has performed in charity concerts for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Regeneration Society, China Star Light Charity Fund Association, Xuan Yuan Education Fund Association etc..  The Orchestra has cut many recordings in tape and CD formats, including the Golden Disc Award winner, Fishermens Song of the East Sea. The current Resident Conductor of the Orchestra is Wai Sing-fat, Ho Man-chuen, the famous conductor and former Head of the Chinese Music Section of the Music Office, joined the Orchestra as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor in May 2012.



Ho Man-chuen

Artistic Director/Principal Conductor

Ho Man-chuen is a renowned music educationist and conductor. Emigrated to Hong Kong in 1980, Ho joined the Music Office of Hong Kong SAR Government and had held the position as Assistant Music Officer and Music Officer until his retirement in 2009. During his tenure, he has nurtured numerous young musicians. Ho is currently appointed as an instructor of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and resident conductor of its Chinese Orchestra; Artistic Director of Windpipe Chinese Ensemble; and Artistic Director cum Principal Conductor of the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra.

Ho received tuition on conducting with Xia Feiyun, and participated conducting masterclasses held by Tang Muhai, Chen Zhaohuang and Peng Xiuwen. Ho had been conductor of Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra of Music Office for 29 years and taken the orchestra to tour the United States, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Nanjing in China. In Hong Kong, Ho has conducted numerous orchestras including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Joint Orchestra of Hong Kong (for 1997 reunification concert), Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, Yao Yueh Chinese Orchestra, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, etc. Ho has collaborated with various soloists including Min Huifan, Xiao Baiyong, Yue Qiwei, Zhu Changyao, Hao Yuqi, Gong Yi, etc.



Wai Sing-fat


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. Wai was first initiated into conducting at a conducting course first organized by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and taught by Miran Kojian in 1984. He has conducted many orchestras, and even founded the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra (HKMLCO) in 1979 with a group of young musicians.  Under Wai's baton, the HKMLCO had performed widely in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the United States. Wai also conducted the HKMLCO in a CD recording produced and distributed by BMG, which won a Golden Disc Award in 1992. Wai served as a guest conductor for various local and overseas orchestras, conducted the premiere of a number of modern compositions and maintained keen interest in training youth orchestras. 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.



Spring Melody Chorus

The Spring Melody Chorus was formed in September 1995, under the initiative of Jan Loeb, by a group of women who had come to Hong Kong from other parts of the world brought together by their interest in singing.  But later, as male members enrolled, it grew into an SATB chorus which won praise for its rather high standard. The group has been performing with famous musicians in Hong Kong and the world, such as pianists Pami Petteri Karvoen, Chen Reuibin, Raymond Young and Liu Shi-kun, violinist Lu Siqing, vocalists Zhang Qiulin and Wang Xia, dongxiao recitalist Tam Po-shek, viola player Pak Ming, erhu recitalists Wong On-yuen and Hsin Hsiao-hung, Hong Kong actors Eric Tsang and Adam Cheng, composer James Wong, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Taiwan University of the Arts and the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra.

Over the years, the Chorus has been an enthusiastic supporter of charity fund-raising activities. The causes it has supported include the Dharma Drum University of Taiwan, Project Hope of China, Hong Kong Buddhist Studies Association, the Sichuan Earthquake, children’s education in Northern Thailand etc. The Chorus also went caroling at the Sha Tin Hospital, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong Buddhist Hospital, Haven of Hope Hospital, Kowloon Hospital and various elderly homes at Christmas.



Santa Jim


Jim Chan, also known as ‘Santa Jim’, is a magician dedicated to puppet production. He founded a one man puppet theatre in 1999, which brings to audiences in puppet theatres and in housing estates educational entertainment on Chinese themes.

A veteran in making puppets and puppet shows, Chan has been in the field since 1985, and has appeared on stages of various kinds. His amazing puppetry has won for him critical and popular acclaim. He founded Wonderful City, a company which produces various types of puppets as well as props with special effects, in 1987. Through it, Chan designed puppets for television programmes of RTHK and other television stations in Hong Kong.

Chan has appeared in many stage productions, including musicals for children – Fantasia Dreamland, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Magic Trio and Save This Earth, and a Chinese music concert where Santa Jim was invited by Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra as a guest performer. He was the adviser to magic sequences in the gospel film, Sometimes, Miracles Do Happen. He was the production coordinator and backstage manager at the Antonio Almeida Presents The Magic World, Antonio Almeida’s Easter Magic Show, and the First and Second Macau International Magic Gala.

Chan represented Hong Kong in the Santa Claus Winter Games, held in Sweden in 2009 and came out the winner. He is currently a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, a member of the Society of American Magicians and the Secretary of the Magicians’ Association of Hong Kong.



Vocalists of ‘Mountain Folksongs’ in Sai Kung

The Hakka and the indigenous Punti people living in the enclosed villages used to spend long hours in the paddy fields every day, so one way to chase away boredom is to sing. The songs are known as ‘mountain folksongs’, and the lyrics reflect the topical issues of the day, such as social life and economic situations.

Vocalists: Lau Shu-tin, Lau Fuk-kiu, Lee Sun-cheung, Sung Kei-tai



Tickets available from 13 March 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 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

Audience aged 3 and above are welcome.

Programme Length

Running time of this 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.


Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 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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