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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 )

In today’s news: Meet the Typewriter Orchestra! After protest Colston Hall was renamed, and a Simpsons moment became true. A new program for the UIMF, and 20 million € for the Berlin Philharmonics. Principal director Firmbach prolonges his contract in Oldenbach. The Menuhin Competition‘ 2018 will take place in Switzerland for the first time, and famed venezuelan Conductor Dudamel urges politicians to solve crisis democratically.

ENO

ENO’s 2017/18 Season at a glance

For those of you who’d like to see our next season at a glance, this page is an overview of the productions we have coming up in 2017/18.

NW Evening Mail

Ulverston International Music Festival returns with ‘exciting’ programme

The 14th Ulverston International Music Festival takes place this summer, once again welcoming a varied array of musicians and performances from around the world.

The Violin Channel

Meet … The Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Formed in 2004, the six-man ensemble performs a wide range of covers and original songs from the ‘click’, ‘clack’, ‘ding’ of nostalgic mechanical typewriters

Classic FM

The London Symphony Orchestra and Cypress Hill might actually make THAT Simpsons moment come true

The LSO and hip-hop pioneers Cypress Hill have been talking on Twitter about a particular moment from The Simpsons, and now they might be actually collaborating.

The Guardian

Bristol’s Colston Hall to drop name of slave trader after protests

Concert venue that hosted the Beatles, David Bowie and Bob Dylan will reopen with a new name following refurbishment.

Classical Music Magazine

Max Richter becomes Decca Publishing’s first client

Max Richter has signed a long-term, global publishing deal with Decca Publishing.

Berliner Zeitung

Millionen für Berlin – Am 8. Mai wird der Hauptstadtkulturvertrag unterschrieben

Drei Millionen Euro – das ist die Summe, um die sich ab 2018 die Zuschüsse für die Berliner Philharmoniker erhöhen, auf dann 20 Millionen Euro im Jahr.

Concerti

Fünf weitere Jubeljahre für Oldenburg

Generalintendant Christian Firmbach verlängert seinen Vertrag in Oldenburg und bleibt demnach bis 2024.

Musik heute

Alfred-Brendel-Hommage im Konzerthaus Berlin

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Broadway world

Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming & Pilobolus to Launch 10th Annual World Science Festival in NYC

The World Science Festival will culminate its groundbreaking first decade by bringing science to the crossroads of the world, Times Square, and to locations across New York City’s five boroughs, with more than 50 events, May 30 – June 4, 2017.

Telesur

Famed Venezuelan Conductor Dudamel Urges Politicians to Solve Crisis Democratically

Dudamel’s video message to politicians marks the first time the famed musician has spoken out on the current political situation in Venezuela.

Pizzicato

‘Menuhin Competition’ findet 2018 in Genf statt

Der internationale Violinwettbewerb ‘Menuhin Competition’ findet vom 12. bis zum 22. April 2018 in Genf statt. Damit ist der Wettbewerb, der alle zwei Jahre in einer anderen Stadt ausgetragen wird, zum ersten Mal zu Gast in der Schweiz.

Twitter

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The Violin Channel

(Written on April 27, 2017 )