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Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra 40th Anniversary
Gold Oldies Fundraising Concert 

9-10 October, 2015

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Mr. Yan Huichang

Founded in 1977, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra is the only professional, full-sized Chinese orchestra in Hong Kong.  It has won the accolades as “a leader in Chinese ethnic music” and “a cultural ambassador of Hong Kong”, and is often invited to perform at various famous venues in the world and at international festivals.  It has been heard by audiences in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Arctic Circle.  The Orchestra has an establishment of 85 professional musicians, playing in four sections: bowed-strings, plucked-strings, wind and percussion. The instruments include both the traditional and the improved, new versions. In particular, the bowed-string section has adopted, since 2009, the Eco-Huqin series developed by the Orchestra.  With its roots in the Chinese cultural heritage, the Orchestra has built a repertoire that includes not only traditional Chinese music but also contemporary works.  It also explores new frontiers in music through commissioning new works of various types and styles, whether as original compositions or arrangements, and the total number has exceeded 2,300.

Apart from regular concerts and activities promoting arts education, the Orchestra has organized symposia and competitions.  One of its milestone events is the world’s first ever ‘Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music’ in 2011.  The Orchestra has won numerous awards for its achievements in the arts, arts education, marketing and promotion, governance and administration.  They include ‘The Most Outstanding Achievement in Advancing Contemporary Chinese Music’ presented by the ISCM World Music Days Hong Kong (2002), ‘The Most Outstanding Achievement in Advancing Asian Contemporary Music’ by the Asian Composers League (2007), and the ‘Instrumental Music – Album’ category and the ‘Instrumental Music – Performance’ category at the 6th China Gold Record Awards (2008) for their album, Roots of the Chinese. Its ‘Chinese Music Alive’ Scheme won the ‘Hong Kong Arts Development Awards - Arts Education 2010’ in 2011.  In May 2012, the ‘Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music’ organized by the Orchestra won a ‘Bronze Award - Group/Organisation Category’ from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Furthermore, its Eco-Huqin series has won many awards, including the ‘4th Ministry of Culture Innovation Award’ (2012), the ‘2013 Green Innovations Award’ in the ‘Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence’ (May 2014), and the ‘Distinguished Innovative Environmental Concept Award’ at the ‘Green China 2014 - Environmental Achievements Awards’ (June 2014).

For more information, please visit: www.hkco.org

October 9-10, Miss Teresa Cheung Tak-lan was one of the guests