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“Mendelssohn the Music Prodigy” by the Hong Kong Oratorio Society

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
$120, $100, $80



Die Erste Walpurgisnacht (The First Walpurgis Night)


St Paul: Part I


About the Performer

Music Director/Conductor: Prof. Chan Wing-wah

Guest Conductor: Vivian Ip

Soprano: Grace Chiang

Alto: Emily Liu

Tenor: Christopher Leung

Baritone: Petrus Cheung

Bass: Michael Lam

Orchestra: Hong Kong Strings

Guest Choir: SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School Choir


The Hong Kong Oratorio Society

The Hong Kong Oratorio Society (HKOS) was founded in 1956 by Wong Ming-tung and a group of music enthusiasts.  It is one of the most active choirs with long history and large membership in Hong Kong.  HKOS usually presents five concerts per year with a total of more than 300 concerts presented in the last 50 years.  Its repertoire covers oratorios and major choral works by classical and contemporary composers.  They include the masterpieces of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Chinese composers Xian Xinghai and Huang Zi, etc.  Many of these works were debut in Hong Kong.  HKOS takes its name from its favourite genre of repertoire, the oratorio, which refers to extended choral works with religious or mythological stories.  In recent years, HKOS has commissioned composers Chan Wing-wah, Victor Chan and Huang Anlun to compose choral works for them.  The choir has performed under the batons of many famous conductors with various professional orchestras.  It has also gone on concert tours overseas and in many major cities in the Mainland.  The present Music Director, Prof. Chan Wing-wah took over the baton after a few successful collaborations with HKOS since 1995.


Hong Kong Strings


Hong Kong Strings is comprised of many enthusiastic local musicians and members are dedicated to promote music to the public through demonstration concerts.  Hong Kong Strings has performed in many primary and secondary schools, shopping malls, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and at various social welfare organizations.  In recent years, Hong Kong Strings have been repeatedly invited by the Hong Kong Oratorio Society and HKU SPACE to perform in their concerts.


Prof. Chan Wing-wah

Music Director/ Conductor

Music Director of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society since 1995, Prof. Chan has been leading the choir with regular concerts and occasional concert tours to perform oratorios and other choral masterpieces.  Several of which are Hong Kong premieres.  He has conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Strings and orchestras in Shanghai, Beijing, Macao, Shenzhen, Gwangju (Korea).  Prof. Chan is a prolific composer of orchestral, chamber and choral works including hymns, children songs, drama and film music.  He was for three seasons Resident Composer of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  Seven of his eight symphonies were published by Hugo Productions and recorded by the orchestra of Hong Kong and Russia.  His latest work SagesPlateau to commemorate the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 was premiered in Hiroshima, Japan, in 2012.  His international awards include “First Prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest” in the United States, the “Yoshiro Irino Memorial Award” from the Asian Composers League and the “20th Century Masterpiece Award” by the China Culture Promotion Society in Beijing, etc.  His biography is included in the New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians Online. He is now the Associate Director at the School of Professional And Continuing Education, the University of Hong Kong (HKU SPACE) and Head of its Centre for Creative and Performing Arts.


Vivian Ip

Guest Conductor

Living in Vienna, Ip is currently the music director of Chorus Delicti Wien.  Ip graduated from the Music Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (First Class Honour).  With Associate Instructorship and the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship, Ip received her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Indiana University Bloomington.  Currently, Ip studies Orchestral Conducting with Uroš Lajovic at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.   As a singer, Ip has performed with maestros such as Riccardo Chailly and Riccardo Muti.  Ip came to the 4th place in the 6th International Competition for Young Choral Conductors and won a special prize of authentic performance.


Grace Chiang


Chiang graduated from the Music Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Upon graduation, she further studied for a Master’s degree in Music, majoring in Historical Musicology at Royal Holloway, University of London and earned with distinction the Licentiate of Trinity College of London in Voice.  Chiang has appeared as soloist in works as Fauré’s Requiem, Saint-Saën’s Christmas Oratorio, Poulenc's Mass in G, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, and Copland’s In the Beginning.


Emily Liu


Liu received Bachelor's Degree from Guangzhou XinHai Conservatory of Music. Later, she has received a full-scholarship to study vocal performance at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and obtained her Master of Music degree.  She received full scholarships from Laurence Scofield and The Association of Teachers of French in Hong Kong and Macau to study language and singing in Italy and France.


Christopher Leung


Leung graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and obtained Master of Music degree from the Hong Kong Baptist University majoring in choral conducting. Leung is currently the resident conductor of Ella Kiang Singers, the host of ‘Bel Canto Singing’ of Metro Broadcast, the vocal coach and conductor of Hong Kong Treble Choir.  He has performed the role of Beppe in I Pagliacci , Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Alfredo in La Traviata.


Petrus Cheung


Cheung has performed in works including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 Ode to Joy.  He has also collaborated with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Strings.  Cheung has performed in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville for the Opera Hong Kong.


Michael Lam


Lam has received a number of scholarships during his study at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, including Hong Kong Welsh Male Choir Scholarship, the Bernard van Zuidan Music Fund and Mr Ng Fung Chow Memorial Scholarships.  He has performed as Bottom in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Puccini's La Boheme, Baron in Verdi's La Traviata.


SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School Choir

Guest Choir

SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School Choir was established in the 1970s, currently having 76 choir members.  The Choir has been awarded a number of First Prizes in secondary school choral competitions and was selected as the Most Outstanding New Territories Secondary School Choir of the Year for more than 10 times in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival for the past 20 years.  Also, the Choir has been awarded the first prize in both Chinese and English songs in the urban mixed voice choir classes.  The Choir scored the First Prize of the Oratorio class competitions for two consecutive years.  In 2008, it was awarded the Gold Prize in the 9th China International Choral Festival.  In 2010, it won the Gold Medal and the Championship of the 6th World Choir Games held in Shaoxing, China in the Mixed Youth Choir category.  It attained the Gold Medal once again in the same category of the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, United States.



Tickets available from 29 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.


Discount Schemes

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 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.


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



Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk


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