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This evening, the Hong Kong Music Series begins with an inaugural concert celebrating the fusion of Eastern and Western classical music at St. John’s Smith Square. This is just the first in a series of concerts celebrating the music of Hong Kong and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Involving over 70 musicians and creatives from Hong Kong, five concerts will be performed in prestigious venues across central London. The Hong Kong Arts Development Council has overseen the organisation of this music series, and they are keen to share the talent and skill of their home musicians with the UK.

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

WildKat PR assisted with a creative campaign day on London’s South Bank to promote the concert series, and engage the public with some of Hong Kong’s more traditional music. The day involved live music performances from a local Chinese music ensemble, traditional ‘bubble’ waffles, and a social media competition to win £100 vouchers from one of the Hong Kong Music Series’ main sponsors, Dorsett Hotels . Many passers-by paused to listen to the beautiful sounds of the ehru, guzheng and pipa, having never heard or seen anything like it before! As our team handed out leaflets advertising the concerts in the music series and chatting to people interested in the music and delicious, sweet smells from the bubble waffle stall, we were confident that the Hong Kong Music Series would be a success. 

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

The upcoming VIP reception on the 7th of July will see the Hong Kong Arts Development team welcoming esteemed guests from Hong Kong and London to meet the performers of Music Interflow – A Dialogue of Two Cultures. The reception will also feature speeches, anticipating the excitement of the upcoming concerts with their diverse musical genres, ranging from classical music, Chinese music theatre, contemporary music and opera. This first concert will represent both the Chinese and British cultural heritage with a repertoire of both classical and contemporary works. Furthermore, the concert will mark the important anniversary of a momentous historical event in the annals of Hong Kong citizens’ close relationship with the British people.

Other intriguing concerts include Beyond the Senses, atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai which runs for one show only on the 15th of July at London’s Shaw Theatre. Law Wing-fai is one of Hong Kong’s leading composers, using the contemporary theatre as a means of expression, revolving around the natural timbres of Chinese musical instruments, poetry, songs, music, dance and visual elements to create an Oriental and reflective atmosphere in this production.

We can’t wait to get started, don’t forget to let us know if you’re at any of the concerts! Click here to find out more about the Hong Kong Music Series.

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(Written on July 7, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, Pittsburgh Symphony cancelled more shows due to the ongoing strike of its musicians. An English cello bow by James Tubbs, which was presumed to have been in the possession of Jacqueline du Pré, has been withdrawn from auction due to a lack of ‘confidence’ in its provenance. The 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, which is currently taking place in Poland, has announced its 13 semi-finalists. In addition, Caroline Dollimore has been appointed the Director of Publicity of Atlantic Records UK, effective November 2016.

The Times

Pittsburgh Symphony cancels more shows due to strike

Due to the ongoing strike by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, additional symphony concerts through Nov. 18 have been canceled. The musicians’ union went on strike last month after unanimously rejecting calls for 15 percent pay cuts.

The Strad

Jacqueline du Pré cello bow withdrawn from sale due to doubt over provenance

An English cello bow by James Tubbs, ‘presumed to have been in the possession of Jacqueline du Pré’, has been withdrawn from auction due to a lack of ‘confidence’ in its provenance. The bow was to be sold by Tarisio in London this October with a sale price estimate of £20,000-£30,000.

2016 International Wieniawski Violin Competition names 13 semi-finalists

The 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, taking place from 8-23 October in Poznań, Poland, has named the 13 candidates selected to progress to the semi-finals.

Opera Now Magazine

Glyndebourne announces winners of new awards for young singers

Glyndebourne has announced the winners of two new biennial awards for young singers, launched to mark 30 years since the creation of its education department. The Gus Christie Award is for a young singer who has demonstrated outstanding vocal talent, while the Bill Weston Young Singers Award is for a promising singer who would benefit from financial support to continue their development.

Music Business Worldwide

Caroline Dollimore Named Director of Publicity at Atlantic Records UK

Atlantic Records UK announced the appointment of Caroline Dollimore as Director of Publicity, effective November 2016. Reporting to General Manager Mark Mitchell, Dollimore will oversee the strategic direction for all artist publicity campaigns on Atlantic’s roster.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong group to strip down operas and bring them to the people

A new non-profit opera company in Hong Kong will soon be producing condensed versions of Western classical operas away from the formality of concert halls so that more people may be lured by the genre’s passion and music.

Musik Heute

Bamberger Symphoniker: Intendant Axt bleibt bis 2023

Der Intendant der Bamberger Symphoniker, Marcus Rudolf Axt (42), bekommt eine zweite Amtszeit. Der Stiftungsrat habe die Verlängerung seines Vertrages bis 2023 unterzeichnet, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit. Axt war 2013 mit einem Fünfjahresvertrag angetreten.

Berliner Morgenpost

Manacorda wird nicht neuer Generalmusikdirektor

Die Suche nach einem neuen Generalmusikdirektor an der Komischen Oper Berlin geht weiter. Das Orchester des Hauses hat sich gegen die Postenvergabe an Antonello Manacorda ausgesprochen.

RBB Kulturradio

Hans Pischner ist tot

Der frühere Intendant der Staatsoper Unter den Linden starb am vergangenen Samstag im Alter von 102 Jahren. Die Staatsoper führte Pischner in der DDR auch gegen kulturpolitische Widerstände sei es als stellvertretender Minister für Kultur oder später als Vizepräsident der Akademie der Künste.

Klassik.com

Schweizerischer Nationalfonds fördert Webern-Ausgabe mit 1,3 Millionen Franken

Bei dem Editionsprojekt handelt es sich um eine hybride Ausgabe, die sowohl im Druck erscheint wie auch digital zugänglich ist. Das Open-Access-Projekt enthält nicht nur Weberns gedruckte Werke, sondern auch frühe Fassungen, Jugend- und Studienkompositionen, Skizzen, Fragmente sowie Bearbeitungen.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 In Yo-Yo Ma concert with LA Chamber Orchestra, simplicity outshines the showmanship – Los Angeles Times: https://t.co/LgbRHzNmS5

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1879 Birth of Polish #composer Gregor #FITELBERG in Latvia #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary This Season discover Wales’ composers with this fantastic series from @BBCNOW https://lc.cx/4CuQ #music #concert #contemporary

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Photo: Three Rivers Arts Festival

(Written on October 18, 2016 )