Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra Annual Concert “Ode to Brightness”
18 December 2022 (Sun) 7:30pm
Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium
The Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra Annual Concert will present a marvelous concert programme including the powerful and rhythmic Chinoiserie, the Chant on Strings featuring the up and coming erhu soloist Li Hang-tsun to express admiration for the Chinese culture, the Music Office commission The Burning Phoenix to portray the spirit of resilience and perseverance; the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild sponsored commission, world premiere Wong Ching-yin's Les orbites éternelles, and the Hymn to the Sun to depict the scenery of Sichuan with ethnic passion.
|Chant on Strings (Erhu and Orchestra)||Li Bochan|
|Erhu: Li Hang-tsun|
|The Burning Phoenix (Music Office commission)||Kuan Nai-chung|
|Conductor: Kwok Kin-ming|
|Les orbites éternelles
(Hong Kong Composers Guild sponsored commission, World premiere)*
|Hymn to the Sun
|Conductor: Tsui Ying-fai|
Programme and artists subject to change without prior notice
The Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra (HKYCO) is one of the flagship music groups managed by the Music Office. Since its establishment in 1978, the HKYCO has performed in major events such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Festival Fringe, the Hong Kong International Youth Arts Festival, and the “Music of the Dragons” concert in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. They were invited to perform in the live broadcast “Caritas Charity TV Show” in 2014 and 2021, and the variety shows in celebration of the 66th and the 69th anniversaries of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 2015 and 2018. These highly acclaimed performances were also joined by celebrities. The HKYCO celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018 with the performance of a 90-member alumni orchestra, joined by renowned percussionist and Music Office alumnus Chin Kwok-wai, under the baton of Ho Man-chuen, former Music Officer of the Chinese Section of the Music Office.
The HKYCO has toured extensively, from neighbouring Macao to Malaysia, the UK, France, Australia, the USA, and Canada. In 2000, they visited Beijing and Xi’an for exchange performances titled Tour to the Ancient Cities. In 2007, they toured to Jiangsu and gave three dynamic concerts in folk music festivals of Nanjing, Wuxi and Jiangyin. The HKYCO made its Taiwan debut at the 2011 Contemporary Chinese Orchestra Festival in Taichung Changhua. Subsequent to their tour to Shanghai and Shenyang in 2016, they embarked on an invited Singapore tour in 2018, in which they staged a highly acclaimed joint performance with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.
With a total of around 80 members under the age of 25, the HKYCO is currently trained and managed by Tsui Ying-fai, Kwok Kin-ming, Chin King and Tse Yuen-yau. Recruitment is held annually through open audition.
Tsui has been active in the field of Chinese music as a conductor. Since 2000, he led the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra to perform in Beijing and Xi’an, Jiangsu, Taiwan, Shanghai, Shenyang and Singapore; and the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra to perform in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, the UK in 2005. Besides his official conducting duties in the Music Office, Tsui also conducted in concerts of numerous local Chinese orchestras and was invited to conduct in the Taipei Youth Chinese Orchestra Concert in Taipei. He was also invited to serve on the adjudicating panels of the National Chinese Orchestral Contests in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the 2019 Singapore Youth Festival Chinese orchestras/ ensembles presentation, and the 38th Macao Young Musicians Competition in 2020; and to serve as an advisor for the 40th Macao Young Musicians Competition in 2022.
Tsui has also worked as a tutor and research staff of the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has taught at the Music Department and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He published articles on Chinese instrumental music in publications, by the former Hong Kong Provisional Urban Council and the Education and Manpower Bureau, and in music academic journals in the US and the well-known Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Recently, Tsui has also been invited to participate in the Everlasting Cantonese Music project presented by the Hong Kong Windpipe Chinese Ensemble, serving as ensemble coach, speaker and host in the project-related concerts.
Tsui is currently the Chief Music Officer of the Music Office and conductor of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra.
As a conductor, Kwok has been invited as guest conductor by many orchestras. In 2013 and 2018, he was invited as conductor at the concerts of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. Kwok was invited to conduct the concert of Jilin Chinese Orchestra in Changchun in 2015 and the joint concert of Shanghai Feiyun Chinese Orchestra and Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra in Shanghai in 2016. He was invited by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to conduct the concert of Academy Chinese orchestra in 2017 and 2022. In 2019, he was invited to conduct the Macao Chinese Orchestra in Macao.
Kwok led the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra to participate in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, the UK for cultural exchange in 2005 and the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra for the premiere music tour to Taiwan and participated in the Contemporary Chinese Orchestra Festival in 2011. In 2016, he led the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra to tour in Shanghai and Shenyang, where the orchestra jointly performed with the Chinese Orchestra of Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 2018, he led the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra to tour in Singapore.
Kwok is currently the Senior Music Officer of the Chinese Music Section of the Music Office, and the conductor of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and Music Office Instructors’ Chinese Orchestra.
Li is currently the Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the awardee of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund scholarship in 2022-23.
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