Celebration Concert by The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra

2012-12-09 16:00 - 18:00

Celebration Concert by The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra

When: 9 Dec 2012 Sun 16:00
Where: Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall

Celebration Concert by The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra


Founded in 1962, the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra is a music organization under the Hong Kong YWCA and is one of the Chinese orchestras with the longest history in Hong Kong. The Orchestra has organized performances regularly to introduce Chinese folk music of different styles to the public and to provide training and performing opportunities to local young musicians. 

Beginning from 1996, the Orchestra's concerts are mainly organized by the Hong Kong government, and were well received by the general public and the music profession. Apart from organizing concerts, the Orchestra participates actively in social services and performs for voluntary groups, including schools, social centres and elderly centres.

In recent years, the Orchestra has collaborated with an array of music virtuosi including Xia Feiyun, Jing Jianshu, Wang Fujian, Qu Chunquan (conductors), Li Zhen, Ma Di (dizi), Qi Baoligao (matouqin), Yang Wei (pipa), Jiang Kemei (banhu/jinghu), Zhang Gaoxiang (yangqin), Guo Yazhi (suona/guanzi), He Tao (erhu), Yang Xue (gaohu/erhu) and Luo Jing (zheng) as well as local music elites like Wai Sing-fat, Pang Yui-sing, Ho Man-chuen (conductors), Lo Wai-leung (suona/guanzi), Purple Lee, Jonathan Wong, David Lui (singers), Chau Chin-tung (percussion), The Bear Children's Choir (choir), Loo Sze-wang (sheng) and Wong Lok-ting (erhu/gaohu).


Details of the Performer

Guest Conductor: Xia Feiyun
Xia Feiyun was born in 1936 in Zhejiang. He entered the middle school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1953 with a violin that he made by himself to study violin as a specialism. Three years later, he entered the Conservatory proper to study Chinese Music Conducting under Yang Jiaren, Wei Zhongle et al. Upon graduation in 1961, he joined the faculty to teach while at the same time provided training for ensembles in Shanxi and Jiangsu.

Xia Feiyun

With his solid training in Western music and his knowledge of the various characteristics of the Chinese musical instruments, Xia has great insight into the ethos of Chinese music. He was the conductor for many ensembles and orchestras, including the Chinese Music Ensemble of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, the Chinese National Orchestra of China, the ensemble of the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe, etc. He was also formerly the Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.He has been on overseas tour to perform and to give talks on several occasions.

Chan Chiu-yin

Conductors: Chan Chiu-yin
Chan Chiu-yin is a seasoned music administrator and has been engaged in instrumental music performance, teaching of music, training of orchestras and arts administration. He is currently the Executive Director of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, an honorary committee member of the China Dizi Society, an honorary executive committee member of the Guangdong Dizi Society, Vice President of the Hong Kong Chinese Instrumental Association, an executive member of the Hong Kong Bamboo Flute Society, Resident Conductor of The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, and Conductor of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Student's Union Chinese Orchestra.

He began learning wind instruments such as dizi, flute, houguan and suona, and Chinese music conducting while he was still in secondary school. Chan began learning dizi under Wong Ka-wai when he was young, and furthered his training in Mainland China under dizi virtuosi Li Zhen, Zeng Yongqing, Yu Xunfa, Jiang Guoji and Da Ya in a bid to improve his knowledge on the technical aspects of the arts of dizi.

Tse Kim-fei

Conductors: Tse Kim-fei
Tse Kim-fei started learning erhu at the Music Office in 1987. He entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1994, majoring in erhu under erhu virtuoso Wang Guotong and studied conducting techniques under Liang Ti and Henry Shek. He was awarded an Advanced Diploma from the Academy in 1998. During his studies at the Academy, Tse was Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Orchestra. He travelled to performances in Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom with the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Music Ensemble. He has performed at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Youth Music Festival, Hong Kong Film Awards, and in CD records and TV commercials.

Tse is active in the local Chinese Music scene, and concentrates on participation and promotion of Chinese music activities. He is now the resident member of Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble and resident conductor of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra.

Tse Kim-fei

Erhu: Lee Ka-him #(# By kind permission of the Music Office)
Young huqin musician from Hong Kong, Lee Ka-him is an Assistant Music Officer (Chinese Music) at the Music Office, as well as conductor and manager of the Kowloon Youth Chinese Orchestra, and instructor of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra. 

Lee graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) where he took a double major in gaohu under Yu Qiwei and erhu under Hou Shih-chieh. He furthered his studies of erhu with Chen Yaoxing. He was awarded several scholarships and graduated with a Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) and a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree at the HKAPA. He had successfully given a solo recital at the Academy Concert Hall in 2010. He was appointed Concertmaster of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra in 2008, and was frequently invited to perform with various groups and visited the Mainland China and various countries including Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Australia and Singapore.

Ling Cho-ho

Dizi: Ling Cho-ho
Ling Cho-ho graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Music, with a concentration in General Studies. Ling first learned the dizi under Lee Yiu-cheung when he was in junior secondary school, and has been receiving training under Cheng Yuk since 2003. He was a multiple winner in the annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festival while he was in secondary school. While studying Music at the Baptist University, he went with the HKBU Choir and the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra on tour to Australia. He is currently a member of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra and the Feng Consort, at the same time serving as a dizi instructor in many primary and secondary schools.

Kwok Ka-wing

Erhu: Kwok Ka-wing
Kwok Ka-wing started learning the erhu under Kwan Ping-man in the school instrumental class when he was in S.1. It triggered his interest in Chinese music and apart from the huqin family, he is adept in playing the suona and the zhongruan. He was a multiple winner in solo competitions at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, including one first runner-up and two second runner-up prizes for erhu, gaohu and zhongruan in the Advanced Class in 2007. He was a former member of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, and is currently a member of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra.

Chan Hiu-fung

Pipa: Chan Hiu-fung
Chan Hiu-fung is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree in Chinese music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, with a sanxian major under Zhao Taisheng and a pipa minor under Zhang Ying. Chan started learning the pipa under Wong Yui-kiu when he was in junior secondary school, and went on to learn the sanxian under Zhao Taisheng when he was in senior secondary school. He was a multiple winner in pipa and sanxian solo at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Last August, he attended the sanxian graded competition for the Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai regions held in Hangzhou, and won a Silver Award in the Specialism Section.

Wong Yuen-chun

Zheng: Wong Yuen-chun
Wong Yuen-chun started learning zheng from Tse Lai-chun when she was in secondary school. In 1992, she furthered her studies of the instrument with Rao Ningxin, Associate Professor of Xinghai Music Conservatory in Guangzhou. She entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1993 with a major in zheng. She joined the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra in the same year. At the Academy, she benefitted from the teaching of Wen Weizhen, Sha Lijing, Xu Lingzi and Zhou Yanjia and gained concert experience both within the Academy and in external engagements. Wong graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree. Wong is one of the founding members of the Hong Kong Christian Chinese Orchestra in 1997, with which she has been actively performing on tours. The Orchestra has visited the Philippines, Perth in Australia, Munich, Regensburg and Bayreuth in Germany, as well as Singapore. She is currently working as a music therapist and zheng instructor.


Prelude of The Dagger Society By Shang Yi Conductor: Xia Feiyun
Dance of the Yao Tribe By Liu Tieshan & Mao Yuan Conductor: Xia Feiyun Arr. Peng Xiuwen
Erhu Concerto The Red Plum Capriccio By Wu Houyuan Soloist: Lee Ka-him (erhu) Conductor: Xia Feiyun
Scenes of the Four Seasons in Jiangnan for erhu, dizi, pipa, zheng and orchestra By Nai-chung Kuan Soloists: Kwok Ka-wing (erhu), Ling Cho-ho (dizi), Chan Hiu-fung (pipa), Wong Yuen-chun (zheng) Conductor: Tse Kim-fei
The Tiny Shan Pui River By Joshua Chan Conductor: Tse Kim-fei
The Fairy of the Ninth Heaven By Chen Ningchi Conductor: Chan Chiu-yin
Song of the Fishermen in the East Sea By Ma Shenglong & Gu Guanren Conductor: Xia Feiyun


Tips: Running time of each concert is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.


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Tickets: $160/140/110 Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients
Tel: 852-26942509
Add: 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, N.T. Hong Kong.


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