Bach's Easter Oratorio - Hong Kong Chamber Choir

2011-04-03 20:00 - 22:00

Bach's Easter Oratorio - Hong Kong Chamber Choir

When: Sun 3 April, 2011 8pm
Where: Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall   

Michael Ryan  Hong Kong Chamber Choir

Conductor: Michael Ryan
Soprano: Rosaline Pi
Counter-tenor: Enico Luk
Tenor: Sam Lau
Baritone: Patrick Chan
Bass: Edmund Kwan
Organ: Wong Kin-yu
Choir: Hong Kong Chamber Choir
Orchestra: Hong Kong Soloists


All-Bach Programme
Christ lag in Todesbanden (Christ lies in Death's Bondage ), BWV4
Ich weiss mein Erlöser lebt (I know that my Redeemer lives), BWV160
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! (Rejoice unto God in all Lands!), BWV51
Easter Oratorio, BWV249


Conductor: Michael Ryan
Born into a musical family in Ireland, Michael Ryan was active in music from an early age. After moving with his family to London, he studied singing with Norman Allin, Professor of Singing at the Royal Aademy of Music, and was a professional member of the Brompton Oratory choir under Henry Washington.

Since settling in Hong Kong, Ryan has been mainly active as a teacher and lecturer but has also conducted and performed as a solo singer and pianist. He has directed several Hong Kong groups and has conducted the Hong Kong Baptist University Choir in performances in Italy, Germany and Austria.

In 1997, he was invited to Southwest Texas State University as Visiting Professor to direct the University Chorale. In addition to holding licentiate performers diplomas in singing and piano, Ryan is a graduate of Durham University in music with honours and has completed a doctorate in music history at the University of London.


Soprano: Rosaline Pi
Rosaline Pi graduated from McGill University with a double degree in Bachelor of Music (Voice) and Physics. She is one of the most active sopranos on the Hong Kong music scene in recent years, known for her forte in early music and the Baroque repertoire. Some of the notable performances include oratorios by Bach and Handel.

Apart from performing on the concert stage, Pi has also given public lectures on vocal music, and was the Artist-in-Residence of Tuen Mun Town Hall. Pi is often invited as a vocal critic for the classical music radio channels. Pi currently teaches voice at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist University.


Counter-tenor: Enico Luk
Enico Luk graduated from the Royal Conservatoire in Holland and the Hong Kong Baptist University. He has performed extensively in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, etc. as a soloist with several Baroque orchestras, and is also a member of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra Choir.

In addition, Luk has been an adjudicator in many music competitions, such as the CCTV International Competition for Young Chinese Vocalists in Beijing and the Chinese Community Singing Contest in Holland. In addition to his performing career, Luk is an active educator, as well as an actor and coach in different kinds of productions like movies, pop music and musicals.

Tenor: Sam Lau
Sam Lau started voice study when he was a medical undergraduate in Germany. He was trained at the Munich Conservatory, specializing in the repertoire of Lieder and sacred music. Since returning to Hong Kong, he has given regular recitals and appeared as soloist with many leading Hong Kong choirs.

Lau has performed many well-known song cycles such as Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, Schumann’s Dichterliebe. He also appeared frequently as soloists in many major Hong Kong oratorio productions including Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s St John Passion, Mass in B Minor, Schumann’s Requiem, Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Haydn’s The Creation.


Baritone: Patrick Chan
Patrick Chan graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1995, he entered the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music and concurrently received voice training from Jimmy Chan. Upon graduation in 1998, he continued to pursue a Master’s programme at HKBU and was awarded the degree in 2000.

As Guest Conductor of the HKBU Choir, he led it to win a Bronze certificate at the 2000 Choir Olympics in Linz, Austria. On receiving his Master’s degree in Music Education, Chan has been a part-time lecturer at the Department of Music of the HKBU and a choir instructor at Yip’s Children’s Choir.


Bass: Edmund Kwan
Edmund Kwan has extensive experience in solo roles in both oratorios and operas. With the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, he was bass solo in Haydn’s Seasons in the 1992 Choir's Canadian tour and in Hong Kong.

Kwan has also appeared as soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus, the Hong Kong Bach Choir, Hong Kong Baptist University Choir, Hong Kong Chamber Choir and The Hong Kong Chinese University Choir. Kwan has been a student of Ho Hak, Ella Kiang, Michael Rippon, Kevin Miller, Robert Alderson and Derek Anthony.


Organ: Wong Kin-yu
Wong Kin-yu graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she was awarded two major organ prizes. She also holds a Diploma in Education and the LRSM, LRAM, ARCM diplomas in performance and teaching. Wong gives regular organ recitals and is a much sought-after accompanist on the piano.

She is at present teaching organ at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the Alliance Bible Seminary.


Hong Kong Chamber Choir
The Hong Kong Chamber Choir was established in 1999 with a specific mission of promoting and performing demanding choral works for small size choir. Over the past years, the Choir has given a number of successful concerts including Schutz's Christmas Story; Handel's oratorio Alexander's Feast, Bach's St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio; An Evening of Baroque Motets, Voice of the Renaissance, Haydn's The Creation and Purcell's Anthems.


Hong Kong Soloists
The Hong Kong Soloists (HKS) is a group of professional musicians and active performers on the Hong Kong scene in classical music today. The group’s mission is to offer best class of playing in the world of classical music for medium and small sized orchestra with special focus on, but not limited to solo, orchestra and concerto works including the vocal repertoire.

In so doing, HKS hopes to provide an active performance platform for Hong Kong musicians in Hong Kong. HKS also hopes to introduce to the Hong Kong audience some of the rarely performed works for small sized performing groups.


Programme Length: Running time of this performance is about 2 hour with an intermission of 15 minutes.

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