Hong Kong Chamber Choir – Handel's Messiah (Sung in English)

2010-04-11 20:00 - 22:30

Hong Kong Chamber Choir – Handel's Messiah (Sung in English)
Time: 11 April 2010 (Sun) 8pm
Venue: Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Tickets: $120, 100, 80
Dublin Version as Premiered in 1742

Hong Kong Chamber Choir – Handel's Messiah


Conductor/Harpsichord:Michael Ryan
Soprano:Rosaline Pi, Clara Yip
Alto:Cindy Wong
Counter-tenor:Enico Luk
Tenor:Sam Lau
Baritone:Alan Tsang
Bass:Edmund Kwan
Organ:Wong Kin-yu
Choir:Hong Kong Chamber Choir
Orchestra:Hong Kong Soloists


Handel’s Messiah
A Legendary Work…


Details of the Performers
Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan’s association with the Hong Kong Chamber Choir and the Hong Kong Soloists over the last few years has performed the major choral works of Bach, including the Mass in B Minor (2005), St. John Passion (2007), St. Matthew Passion (2008) and Christmas Oratorio (2008, 2009).  With him, the group has also performed major choral works by Handel, Pergolesi and Haydn.  Born to a musical family in Limerick, Ireland, Ryan received his first music lessons from his father.  With the move to London, formal keyboard training began and Ryan was awarded a music scholarship by the London Borough of Barking.  He also studied singing with Norman Allin, professor at the Royal Academy of Music.  After qualifying as a music teacher, Ryan worked in secondary schools in London and sang in the Brompton Oratory Choir under Henry Washington.  His postgraduate work with Dr Owen Rees of The Queen’s College, Oxford led to a PhD in Music History from the University of London.  Ryan has spent most of his working life in Hong Kong where he has taught music, performed and conducted.  He has also visited and worked with choirs in the UK, Italy, Germany, Portugal and the U.S.A.  For several years he was Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies in Music at Hong Kong Baptist University.  He continues to teach in Hong Kong and Macau.


Rosaline Pi 
Rosaline Pi received her Bachelor of Music (voice) degree from McGill University.  She also studied Physics at the same time and was awarded a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.  Pi is currently one of the most active sopranos on local scene.  She is a local expert in the Baroque repertoire.  Her major performances in the past ten years include Bach's St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Easter Oratorio, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat and Mass in B Minor, Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Haydn's The Creation and Stabat Mater, Handel's Messiah, Alexander's Feast, Acis and Galatea, Semele Samson, Judas Maccabaeus, Dixit Dominus, HWV236.  Her Vocal Lecture Series for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department consistently received unanimous excellent ratings from the audience.  Since 2002, Pi has been a regular critic with Radio Four on vocal music.  Pi teaches voice at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Hong Kong Baptist University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.    
Clara Yip
Clara Yip first studied voice with Nancy Zi and graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  She then was granted a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in England and obtained her Certificate for Advanced Study and the ARCM in Vocal Performance.  Later, Yip left for the New England Conservatory, Boston and received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance.  Yip has sung as a soloist with many leading choirs of Hong Kong.  She has participated in the premiere performance of several local composers’ works, including Daniel Law’s The Sure Foundation, Chan Wing Wah’s Symphony No.4 Te deum, and Victor Chan’s Symphonic Psalms.  Yip is dedicated to sacred repertoire. She has given sacred song recitals and sung in many churches in England, America and Hong Kong.  She has recorded Handel’s Messiah (excerpts) and Chan Wing Wah’s Symphony No.4 Te Deum with the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, and also Glorify the LORD, Holy art Thou and Jubilee Deo with the Christian Communications Ltd.  At present, Yip also teaches singing at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Alliance Bible Seminary.
Cindy Wong
Cindy Wong entered The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she started her proper singing lessons, and completed her Bachelor Degree program in 1996 under the direction of Michael Rippon, Dr Margreta Elkins, and Kevin Miller.  Her operatic credits included the title role in Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, The Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ino in Handel's Semele, Clarina in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Lola in Mascagni's Cavalliera Rusticana, Louise in Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne, Mercedes in Bizet's Carmen, Annina in Verdi's La Traviata, Alisa in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, and Countess Ceprano in Verdi's Rigoletto.  Wong also performs regularly in oratorio and choral concerts.  She has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Bach Choir, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Hong Kong Chamber Choir, etc.  As a conductor, Wong had been the conductor of the senior class at the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, and has led the Good Hope School Choir since 2000.  Under her baton, the Choir has won numerous prizes include the Best Girl’s Choir of the Year in the Hong Kong School Music Festival 2006.
Enico Luk
Enico Luk graduated from the Royal Conservatoire in the Netherlands and the Hong Kong Baptist University.  Luk has performed extensively in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, etc. as a soloist with numerous renowned Baroque orchestras.  He is a counter-tenor chorister of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra Choir.  Besides, Luk has actively participated in many music competitions and singing contests as an adjudicator, such as the China Central Television (CCTV) International Youth Singer Competition in Beijing and the National Singing Contest in the Netherlands.  Luk is also an active educator, as well as an actor and coach in different kinds of productions like movies, pop music and musicals.
Sam Lau
Sam Lau started voice study when he was a medical undergraduate in Germany.  He was trained at the Munich Conservatoire 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 local choirs.  Lau has performed many well-known lieder song cycles such as Schubert’s Schöne Müllerin, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and more.  He also appeared frequently as soloists in many major local oratorio productions; the most recent performances being Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Schumann’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Mathew Passion, Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Haydn’s The Creation.
Alan Tsang
A graduate of Royal College of Music in England and ex-Choral Scholar at St. Martin in the Fields, Alan Tsang has performed extensively as a soloist and choral singer in Europe.  His repertory includes works by many baroque composers, major choral works, songs from the Romantic era and sacred music.  His love of art songs and languages came from his teacher soprano Jennifer Smith.  Since his return to Hong Kong, he has joined the group Die Konzertisten. Tsang serves as the Assistant Choirmaster at St. John’s Cathedral.
Edmund Kwan
Edmund Kwan has extensive experience in solo roles in both oratorios and operas.  With the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, he was bass soloist in Haydn’s Seasons in the 1992 Choir’s Canadian tour and in Hong Kong.  He has made recordings for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus, the Hong Kong Bach Choir, the Hong Kong Baptist University Choir’s programme at Radio Television Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Medical Association and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  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 Hat, Ella Kiang, Kevin Miller, Michael Rippon, Robert Alderson and Derek Anthony.
Wong Kin-yu 
Wong Kin-yu is an active performer in Hong Kong.  She has given numerous organ recitals, piano duet, organ duet recitals, organ and trumpet duo recitals and appears frequently as accompanist for singers and choirs.  A graduate of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, she also holds the Diploma in Education and the LRSM, LRAM, ARCM diplomas in performance and teaching.  After graduation, she pursued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London where she studied organ with Douglas Hawkridge and piano accompaniment with Geoffrey Pratley.  Wong was awarded two major organ prizes from the Academy.  At present, Wong teaches organ at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the 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.  The Choir also believes that a good solo vocalist can be a good ensemble singer so the Choir places great emphasis on vocal (as individual) and choral (as chorister) technique. Consequently many members are also fine solo singers on their own right.  In the past years, the Choir had received regular sponsorship and support from both the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in many of its notable performances that include Handel’s oratorio Alexander’s Feast, Schütz’s Christmas Story, Bach’s St. John Passion, Motet Jesu Meine Freude, Magnificat and Mass in B Minor, “Voice of the Renaissance”, “Vocal Delights Made in Hong Kong” (selection of vocal compositions by Hong Kong composers).  Recent major events include Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, etc.
Hong Kong Soloists
The Hong Kong Soloists (HKS) is a group of professional musicians and active performers on the local 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 size 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 local musicians in Hong Kong.  HKS also hopes to introduce to the Hong Kong audience some of the rarely performed works for small size performing groups.


Programme Length
Running time of this performance is about 2 hour and 30 minutes 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.
Ticketing and concession
Tickets available from 11 March onwards at all URBTIX outlets
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)
Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4 – 9 tickets;
15% off for each purchase of 10 – 19 tickets;
20% off for each purchase of 20 or more 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.


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