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 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.
Music by 20th-century British composers Holst, Bridge and Britten as well as Hong Kong composers, including Doming LAM's setting of famous Chinese poet LI Bai, come together in the inaugural concert of the Hong Kong Music Series at St John’s Smith Square (7 July).
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 moves further west to Richmond Theatre for the European première of CHAN Hing-yan’s chamber opera Datong: The Chinese Utopia (27 & 28 July), based on the life and dreams of 20th-century Chinese scholar KANG Youwei.
The Hong Kong Music Series is funded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) as an accredited event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.