“Lively Instrumental Pieces” A Music Composition Animateur Scheme
(In cooperation with Hong Kong Composers’ Guild)

Trailer of the project (In Cantonese)

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Highlights and Objectives

  • a school-year-long music composition training project
  • for primary and secondary schools with students who have basic music knowledge as well as interested in music composition.
  • aims to engage the teachers, students and the whole school in the unique art form of music composition, develop the ability of music creativity, and communicate and share with others through music
  • project activities include lecture demonstration, music appreciation concert, workshops, in-school concert and finale concert
  • students’ creative pieces will be performed at in-school concerts as well as having a chance to be selected to perform at a public performing venue


Although music composition is a huge undergoing that requires years of training and experience, this requirement does not necessarily prevent new learners to achieve meaningful results within a shorter period of time. We will encourage students to discover their hidden talent by focusing firstly on sound design, rather than complicated topics like harmony and counterpoint. With the project theme “Lively Instrumental Pieces”, students will explore various kinds of creative sounds on voices, instruments, percussion and everyday objects, and will arrange these sounds in an organized manner in musical contexts.  This will naturally lead to the studies of rhythm, notation, pitch organisation and form. Having mastered these basic skills, students will be guided to write creative types of music, for example, emphasizing on irregular phrasing, surprising melodies, dissonance chords, arrhythmic patterns, extended instrumental techniques, etc., with the ultimate aim to express their individuality through instrumental music. Each student will compose his/her own compositions.

Finale Concert

Through a formal audition exercise, a panel of adjudicators will study all the final compositions and select the best pieces among the four participating schools for the finale concert to be held at a performing venue outside school so that students will share the results of their training with members of the public.

3.7.2015 (Friday)
Cultural Activities Hall, Sha Tin Town Hall
(1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, N.T. Hong Kong.)
Tickets: $50

Participating Schools (In alphabetical order)

Hotung Secondary School
Pui Ching Middle School
Stewards Pooi Kei Primary School
Tsuen Wan Catholic Primary School

Production Team

Music Director: Dr Samuel Lo
Projector Coordinator: RhapsoArts Management
Instructors: Dr. Lam Lan-chee, Dr. Phoebus Lee, Dr. Ada Lai
Musicians: Terry Chan (Violin), Martin Wong (Violin), Tong Wai-ho (Cello), Henry Cheng (Oboe), Cheung King-lun (Bassoon)

Programme Length

The programme lasts for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes without intermission

Ticketing and Concession

Tickets are available from May 27 onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by Mobile Ticketing App and by Credit Card Telephone Booking. Half price tickets available for full time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and minders, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Tickets for CSSA recipients are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Concessionary tickets holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.


Programme Enquiries: 2591 1722 (LCSD) / 2722 1650 (RhapsoArts Management)
Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

Members of the audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will only be admitted when there is a suitable break in the programme.

The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

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



The project will run for 11 months from September 2014 to July 2015 and will be implemented in four phases

Event Date Activities
Phase 1
Lecture Demonstration
September 2014 Hong Kong Composers’ Guild will organize a lecture demonstration for each selected school to explain what the project is like and the enjoyment of music composition.
Phase 2
From late September 2014 to June 2015 (Total 25 sessions, includes 5 sessions of Music Appreciation Workshops, 10 sessions of Sounds and Music Composition Workshops, 5 sessions of Composer-Performer Workshops and 5 sessions of Composition Supervision Workshops, each session for 1.5 hours)

Students will be introduced to audio-visual recordings of chamber, orchestral, vocal, electronic, and theatre music of various styles. They are also given an opportunity to attend a live concert of contemporary music from "Musicarama 2014" at a professional performing venue for free. Then students will be taught standard composition techniques and the content includes sound design, rhythm, extended instrumental techniques, melodic writing, simple harmonization, notation, phrasing, form, texture, etc.

Students will try to identify their preferred creative approaches, starting from writing simple musical phrases first. Professional musicians will come to the school to give demonstrative performances on excerpts of students’ pieces, and provide professional advice. Then students will subsequently work on a complete music work under close supervision by their respective composer-instructor, with professional musicians coming to the school to rehearse the students’ works.
Phase 3
In-School Concert
June 2015 Students’ works will be performed by professional musicians in in-school concert.
Phase 4
Finale Concert
July 2015 Through a formal score selection process, a panel of adjudicators will select the best pieces among the four participating schools for the finale concert to be held at a public performing venue so that students will share the results of their training with members of the public.

Project Details

No. of Participating Schools 2 Primary Schools 2 Secondary Schools
Target Students* Primary 4-6 Secondary 3-5
Required Experience Participants should have learned a musical instrument for at least 2 years. Participants should have learned a musical instrument for at least 2 years, in addition to possessing a musical knowledge equivalent to Grade 5 Music Theory of Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
No. of Participants 20 students/school
Course Schedule One or two sessions/week
1.5 hrs/session
No. of Workshops 25 sessions
Fees Payable # $350/student

# Fees are on a per head basis. All fees paid are not refundable.

Download Application Form (Chinese Version only)



Application & General: 2591 1722 (LCSD)
Programme: 2722 1650 (Hong Kong Composers’ Guild RhapsoArts Management)