More than 70 of Hong Kong’s finest composers, musicians and artists will delight audiences across London for three weeks in July as they take part in the Hong Kong Music Series, an arts festival celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The Series, established by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC), aims to create a new musical dialogue and facilitate cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and London.
Music by 20th-century British composers Holst, Bridge and Britten will be performed alongside works by Hong Kong composers at venues such as Wilton’s Music Hall, the Shaw Theatre, Richmond Theatre and St John’s Smith Square. Doming Lam’s setting of three night songs by famous Chinese poet Li Bai is not to be missed.
Highlights will include 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. At the Shaw Theatre, 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.
The European premiere of Chan Hing-yan’s chamber opera Datong: The Chinese Utopia, based on the life and dreams of 20th-century Chinese scholar Kang Youwei, will close the festival.