The Hong Kong Music Series is proudly presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) in London this summer.
From Wilton’s Music Hall in the east to Richmond Theatre in the west, HKADC is pleased to bring forth a throng of over 70 of Hong Kong’s finest composers, musicians and artists to celebrate the region’s vibrant current cultural scene. It marks the first large-scale music series concentrating on Hong Kong in London and aims to create a new musical dialogue and facilitate cultural exchanges between the two great cities.
The five productions featured in the Hong Kong Music Series are specifically selected to demonstrate the unique and vibrant musical culture of Hong Kong, where East meets West. The Series opens with the Inaugural Concert Music Interflow — a Dialogue of Two Cultures (7th July) where a blend of Eastern and Western music ranging from classics of Britten, Holst and Bridge to contemporary works by outstanding Hong Kong composers will be performed to celebrate a musical dialogue between Britain and Hong Kong.
The scene widens with a cinematic journey of a virtual day in Hong Kong with jazz guitarist Teriver Cheung and composer Fung Lam’s score to the breath-taking images of architect Anthony Lai in Hong Kong Episodes (7 & 8 July) at Wilton’s Music Hall, the world’s oldest grand music hall.
Also at Wilton’s, the young and creative team Music Lab presents a triple bill Music Lab: Fingerman X Beloved Clara X SMASH (10 & 11 July) of contrasting new works, ranging from the contemplation of god, a celebration of Clara Schumann and a mash-up of popular melodies in new guises.
At the Shaw Theatre on 15 July, Law Wing-fai’s Beyond the Senses follows a contemplative path to enlightenment and aesthetic inspiration, with the spectacular singing of KONG Aiping, renowned Kunju artist, revelling in Chinese poetry and the timbres of Chinese musical instruments.
To close the festival in spectacular fashion, Hong Kong Music Series moves further west to Richmond Theatre for the European première of a three-act chamber opera Datong: The Chinese Utopia (27th & 28th July) featuring a sparkling cast of home-grown talents that tells the life of 20th-century visionary Chinese scholar Kang Youwei and his daughter Kang Tongbi.
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