The principal trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO), Jonathan Clarke, will demonstrate sophisticated solo skills in a performance with the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band (HKYSB) at the band's annual concert.
Under the batons of the Music Office instructors Pak Wing-heng and Palas Chan, the HKYSB will play a varied repertoire, from golden classics based on historical stories to contemporary band music about the beauty of life and nature.
Organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band Annual Concert will be held at 3pm on May 16 (Sunday) at the Auditorium of the Tsuen Wan Town Hall.
Guest trumpet soloist Clarke will perform Alfred Reed's "Concerto for Trumpet and Winds" commissioned for the brilliant Taiwanese trumpeter Yeh Shu-han. The concerto's five movements in different musical styles were composed to demonstrate the soloist's ability, playing the trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn, to produce a convincing interpretation.
The first movement, Sonata, is cast in a typical neo-classical mode, calling the soloist to perform on the trumpet; the second movement Slow Blues and the third movement Jazz Waltz call for flugelhorn and cornet respectively; the fourth movement Song puts an old Taiwanese folksong in a modern setting and it calls for the trumpet again; and the fifth movement Samba concludes the work with a brilliant outburst of Latin-American rhythms and colours.
The concert's repertoire will also include Appermont's "Noah's Ark" based on the well-known bible story, and Smith's "Inchon" inspired by the Korean War, as well as pieces depicting the beauty of nature such as Smith's "In a Gentle Rain" from "The Wilson Suite" which explores the simple beauty of a spring or summer shower, and Tetsunosuke Kushida's "Asuka" portraying the ancient landscape of Asuka in Japan.
Other pieces are "Classic Cantabile" comprising music involved in the Japanese television series "Nodame Cantabile"; Doss' "Magic Overture" and Shostakovich's "Finale, from Symphony No. 5".
Jonathan Clarke started playing the trumpet when he was eight years old. He studied modern and natural trumpet and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the London's Trinity College of Music. He went on to receive a postgraduate diploma (performance) in 2001 from the Royal Academy of Music.
After graduation in 2001, he played in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra as a freelance musician. He also worked extensively in 2001 to 2002 in the Netherlands, where he played guest principal trumpet with various orchestras and worked with many great conductors and composers including Edo de Waart and Alexander Lazarev. In September 2003, he was appointed the principal trumpet of the HKPO.
Formed in 1978, the HKYSB currently has around 60 members aged from 11 to 25. The band has performed with a number of distinguished guest musicians and bands, including the Central Band of the Royal Air Force of the UK, the Tanunda Band of Australia, the Regimental Band of the Green Jackets, the Scots Guards, the Narashino Girls' High School Band, the Baden-Württemberg Youth Wind Ensemble, and a number of youth bands in Canada, Japan, Australia, the Philippines and Singapore.
The band has also performed under the baton of many noted conductors such as Bruce Pearson, Vondis Miller and Robert Lutt from the United States, Eric Banks from the United Kingdom, Felix Hauswirth from Switzerland, Russell Hammond from Australia and Li Fang-fang from Beijing.
In 1986, the HKYSB went on a highly successful concert tour to Japan and was invited to participate in the Fifth Pacific Basin Festival in Hawaii, USA, in 1990. In 1993, the band visited Australia to give a number of performances in concerts and music exchanges. It participated in the 2001 Jeju Summer Band Festival organised by Jeju City in Korea. In 2008, the band was invited by the Kagoshima Prefectural Government of Japan on a concert tour for cultural exchange.
Tickets priced at $80, $60 and $40 for the concert are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.
Ends/Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band will give its annual concert on May 16.