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Annual Report

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    Annual Report 2013/2014

    by Joshua Chan, Chairman of Hong Kong Composers’ Guild
    15th August 2014

    The Hong Kong Composers’ Guild successfully accomplished our work to promote music creativity in our society in last 12 months (1st July 2013 - 30th June 2014). Our major challenges are twofold: how to encourage composers to spend more time producing more interesting works with good artist merits, and how to facilitate the performance and dissemination of these works more cost effectively, e.g., developing some innovative programming to attract people coming to our concerts, events, and buying our scores and CDs. It has not been easy to tackle these challenges, but we are working hard and learning new experience everyday. As in last year, we have completed projects in 5 main areas: (1) international exchange, (2) public performance, (3) competition, (4) education, and (5) dissemination. Internationally, a total of 13 works by Guild composers were presented in ACL Conference and Festival 2013, ISCM World Music Days 2013, and International Rostrum of Composers 2014 via our international network. Locally, we featured a total of 89 Hong Kong compositions in 5 concert projects, namely SOUND-IMAGination 2013, 2013 Chinese Composers’ Festival, New Music Aspired Concert, Hong Kong Polyphony, and Match Making Concerts. We premiered 24 group-works and 1 individual work in Schools Creative Music Showcase 2013/14; showcased 46 young composers’ pieces in New Generation 2014, LCSD SAAS project – Vibrating Rhymes with Wind and String and LCSD NSAAS project - Soaring Trio. In total, we have facilitated the performance of 173 compositions of new music in Hong Kong and abroad, 104 of which were premieres written by people of very different ages (from 10s to 80s).

    The details of the projects the Guild has organized/participated during this period are listed below.

    LCSD School Arts Animateur Scheme 2012/13
    Being engaged by LCSD continuously, our Schools Arts Animateur Scheme (SAAS) composition training project of 2012/13 was called Multifarious Instrumental Composers. Each year we send 4 composers-instructors to work with a total of 80 students in 2 primary and 2 secondary schools, respectively. Eighty new compositions written for duo, trio or quartet will be premiered by 4 professional musicians in the schools and a public concert each year. These musicians also demonstrated on the instruments, triedy out and commented on students’ writing before the public performance. Ada Lai, Leung Chi-hin, Chris Hung, and Tang Man-ngai were the 4 composers-teachers who had provided composition training to students of the following 4 schools respectively: King’s College Old Boys’ Association Primary School No.2, Shatin Pui Ying College, Wah Yan College, Hong Kong, and Lai Chi Kok Catholic Primary School. The final concert, which featured the best 25 works among the 80 students of the 4 schools, was held on 5th July 2013 in the Cultural Activities Hall of Sha Tin Town Hall, with performance by 4 professional musicians: Austin Yip (violin), Tong Wai-ho (cello), Cheng Wing-kin (oboe), and Cheung King-lun (bassoon). The MC was Leung Chi-hin, who skillfully introduced each young composer to the audience with short dialogues. RTHK4 had recorded the whole concert, excerpts of which together with some interviews were subsequently broadcast in their programme R4 Buddies in July 2013.

    LCSD School Arts Animateur Scheme 2013/14
    Our SAAS composition training project of 2013/14 was called Vibrating Rhymes with Wind and String. After the enrolment deadline in June 2013, we visited and selected The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School, St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School (Po Kong Village Road), Sacred Heart Canossian College, and True Light Middle School of Hong Kong to join the scheme. During the student recruitment stage in September 2013, Leung Chi-hin gave introductory lectures to the 4 participating schools, addressing a large audience in each school. Then we sent Ada Lai, Leung Chi-hin, Lam Lan-chee and Phoebus Lee as the 4 composers-teachers to these schools respectively to train their students for a year, with the aim to have each participating student writing his/her own composition for performance by professional musicians in school concerts and in a public concert held on 4th July 2014 in the Cultural Activities Hall of Sha Tin Town Hall.

    LCSD New Synergy Arts Animateur Scheme 2013/14
    Because our SAAS projects have been quite successful, the Office of Audience Building of LCSD had selected us as one of the two performing arts groups to take part in their New Synergy Arts Animateur Scheme since 2012/13. This new scheme aims to provide an advanced training for those who have taken the SAAS training programmes in previous years. Our project in 2013/14 was called Soaring Trio, which recruited secondary-school students who had joined our SAAS projects before or who had received fundamental training in composition at other institutions. In September 2013, we admitted a total of 29 students to bewho were divided into 2 classes. Each class met a total of 24 times (1.5 hours each) within the period from September 2013 to June 2014. Class A was taught by Chris Hung & Tang Man-ngai on Saturday mornings in the Guild office, while Class B was taught by Tam Chin-fai & Tang Lok-yin on Saturday afternoons at Tsuen Wan Town Hall Conference Room. Similar to the SAAS project, we have engaged professional instrumentalists as the musicians-demonstrators, but we featured flute, bass clarinet and viola (instead of oboe, bassoon, violin and cello in SAAS), so as to strengthen students’ abilities in instrumentation, score transposing, and alto-clef reading. The musicians working with us were Carman Ma (flute), Martin Choy (bass clarinet), and Casper Lai (viola). The public concert in which the student compositions were premiered was held on 3rd July 2014 in the Cultural Activities Hall of Sha Tin Town Hall.

    ACL Conference and Festival 2013
    Nine Hong Kong compositions (by Lam Fung, Galison Lau, Phoebus Lee, Raymond Mok, Tang Lok-yin, Richard Tsang, Wong Kong-yu, Austin Yip and Stephen Yip, respectively) were selected for performance during the 31st Asian Composers League Conference and Festival held on 20th to 24th September 2013 in Singapore. Joshua Chan presented the ACL Country Report on Hong Kong during the Conference. Galison Lau was chosen as the Hong Kong Young Composer Representative who joined attended the festival Festival and in particularly the 20th ACL Young Composers Competition with his percussion piece Infinite White. All these composers attended the Festival with the travel grant from CASH Music Fund.

    ISCM World Music Days 2013
    The ISCM World Music Days 2013 was held in three cities of Slovakia and Austria (Kosice, Bratislava and Vienna) from 4th to 14th November 2013. During the Festival, Li Cheong’s Impromptu II for alto flute and live electronics was successfully performed by Sylvie Lacroix and the composer in Porgy & Bess, Vienna. Supported by the CASH Music Fund travel grant, Li Cheong and Joshua Chan (the Chief Delegate of ISCM Hong Kong Section) attended the Festival.

    SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong One Moment [2013]
    Proposed by Ada Lai and Joyce Tang, we organized a brand-new concert project “SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong Snapshots” in May 2012. Due to its great success, we have decided to turn it into an annual event. On 2nd October 2013, we staged the project the 2nd time, with a slightly modified title called “SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong One Moment”. As in 2012, the concert held in Agnès b Cinema of Hong Kong Arts Centre. Organized again by Ada Lai and Joyce Tang, we have hired the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble to premier a total of 30 short pieces by, respectively, Boo Chun-kit, Chan Kai-young, Anthony Cheng, Cheng Chin-man, Lee Cheng, Lam Fung, Ha Yat-wai, Chris Hung, Hui Cheung-wai, Christopher Keyes, Kwok Tsun-huen, Adrian Lam, Gabriel Lam, Lam Lan-chee, Galison Lau, Lau Hiu-kong, Phoebus Lee, Leung Chi-pong, Tony Leung, Queenie Liu, Kelvin Ng, Ng Wah-hei, Shuen Lai-yin, Brian Ting, Wong Chun-wai, Joseph Wong, Winston Yeung, Alex Yiu, Yiu Hon-fai and Viola Yuen. Each piece went with a photo provided by the composer.

    2013 Chinese Composers’ Festival
    Facilitating ethnic Chinese composers to meet and exchange musical ideas in Hong Kong, we organized the Chinese Composers’ Festival the 3rd time in December 2013, with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund, support from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and subsidies from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department on venues and ticketing services. The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra was partner for the concert and Radio 4 of RTHK was the media partner. The Festival consists of 2 parts: (1) two whole days of symposia called “Retrospect and Prospect: Chinese Composers in the Age of Globalization” held on 3rd and 4th December, and (2) five concerts held from 3rd to 7th December in Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre and Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, respectively. Twenty-five overseas speakers and composers have attended the Festival. They come from different parts of the world: Beijing, Canada, Chengdu, Fujian, Germany, Guangzhou, Malaysia, Shanghai, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, and USA.

    The 2 Keynote Speakers of the Symposia were Nancy Rao and Yu Siu-wah. Fourteen other papers were delivered by John O. Robison, Wong Hoi-yan, Ralf Alexander Kohler, Esther Yu, Martin Lee, Guo Xin, Poon Kiu-tung, Alvin Wong, Eric Hung, Yang Chia-wei, David Chan, Lesley Chan, Aaron Judd, and Marion Mäder. The sessions were chaired or commented by Chan Hing-yan (Chairman of the Symposium Committee), John Winzenburg, Helan Yang, Pak Tak-wan, Samson Young, Nancy Rao, and Yu Siu-wah, respectively. The official language of these international symposia was English, with simultaneously interpretation provided by Kenneth Kwan. The papers covered a wide range of topics: detailed analyses of specific composers’ works or genres, ethnomusicology studies, composers’ cultural identity, regionalism, hybridity vs. multiculturalism or integration, and cultural memory. Held in one of the large conference rooms in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Symposia were well attended by not just musicologists and composers, but general public as well as performers, music critics and students.

    The concerts held on 5 consecutive evenings feature different genres of music: mixed ensemble works, vocal music, large ensemble works, short pieces, and Chinese instrumental concertos. A total of 9 performing groups and more than 20 individuals took part in the performances. Conducted by Lio Kuok-man and performed by Chinese Music Virtuosi and Ensemble Amici, the opening concert showcased 8 pieces by composers from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan and USA. These pieces score for as many as 7 Chinese instruments and 8 Western instruments plus a large battery of percussion:. Ng Wah-hei’s Overture (2011), Jia Guoping’s The Wind Sound in the Sky (2002), Guo Yuan’s The Acoustics of Trills I (2008), Tang Jianping’s premiere piece Cui Zhuo (2013), Chong Kee-yong’s Yuan-He (2013), Pan Chia-lin’s Wu-ji (2013), Wu Guanqing’s La Ronde (2011) and Stephen Yip’s Between the Lines II (2013) for all 15 musicians.

    The second concert was a showcase of some of the best Hong Kong vocalists/choirs of different generations: Heep Yunn School and Wah Yan College, Kowloon Senior Mixed Choir conducted by Lesley Chan, The Greeners’ Sound conducted by Ronald Yeung. The Sregnis Singers directed by Viola Yuen, Mezzo-soprano Melody Sze, and Die Konzertisten conducted by Felix Yeung. They performed a total of 8 pieces with a very high standard, despite the dry acoustics of the performing venue: Lesley Chan’s Huan Hun Cao (Resurrection Glass) (2012), Daniel Ng’s Immersed in the Easterly Wind (1991), Wu Shaoxiong’s premiere work Zui Hua Yin (2013), Cheung-wai’s It is said that it’s a Time to Learn a Lesson (2011), Viola Yuen’s Nostalgia (2008), Alice Ho’s City Night (2008), Ma Ting-yi’s Jiang Xue (2010) and Victor Chan’s Ode to Plum Floret (2012).

    The third concert was delivered by 16 outstanding musicians of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, conducted by Vicky Shin. The noise of the air conditioning of the Theatre of the Sheung Wan Civic Centre was overwhelmed by the wonderful sounds of this large ensemble. The first half of the concert featured 4 pieces: Malaysian composer Yii Kah-hoh’s The Green Walk (2013), Guangzhou composer Yao Chen’s Tangents II (2012), Clarence Mak’s A Breath of Air (2012) and Swiss composer Wen Deqing’s Ink Splashing I (2007). All pieces explore the potential of the performing media extremely well. The concert’s second half opened with the surprising Sonata (1952) for violin and piano by the senior Fujian composer Guo Zurong (b.1928). This 3-movement sonata shifts its tonality with modern expression, which must be one of the earliest pieces of contemporary music written in China after 1949. The concert continued with Chen Xiaoyong’s Evapora (1996), Chan Kai-young’s Shimmers the Shivery Moon (2013) and Chan Ka-nin’s Here and There (2013).

    The fourth concert ‘Hong Kong Composers on Stage’ was part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild. It featured short pieces by Hong Kong composers exclusively. All performers participating in the concert, no matter whether playing solo, accompaniment or ensemble, are members of the Guild. That means new music being interpreted by composers themselves using the composers’ perspectives. Ranging from solo, duo, trio to percussion ensemble, a total of 15 works were successfully performed: Joseph Wong’s Chorale “Jesu, Meine Freude” and Variations (2013), Alex Yiu Siu-lung’s A Midsummer Night’s Cicada (2013), Chris Hung’s Frozen Eternity (2012), Phoebus Lee’s Pyrus Flower in Rain (2011), Gigi Lam’s Dear Mahler, From Alma (2012), Wyman Wat’s Wind Infinity (2013), Lam Lan-chee’s In the Distance (2013), Daniel Ng’s Prelude II (2013), Joshua Chan’s Kay Jay (2004), Austin Yip’s Resonance of the Cornerless (2010), Ng Wah-hei’s Caprice (2009), Galison Lau’s 6 Bagatelles Nos. 1, 4 & 5 (2009), Yiu Hon-fai’s Wordless (2012), Wendy Lee’s Macromusophagy (2011), & Richard Tsang’s Primeval (2013). All composers performed voluntarily, and some even played by memory with good performing skills. Like a party gathering and a showcase of the composers’ talent, the concert was well received by a large audience.

    The closing concert of the Festival was given by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Maestro Yan Huichang conducted this outstanding orchestra with great precision and profound expression. The programme featured concerto-type of music which also highlighted the amazing musicianship of the soloists: Liu Wenjin’s Theatrical Colours, Richard Tsang’s Zheng Concerto The Music is but Momentary (Consolation), Wang Jianmin’s Erhu Rhapsody No.3 by Wang Jianmin and Guo Wenjing’s Dizi Concerto Chou-Kong-Shan (Sorrowful, Desolate Mountain).

    Schools Creative Music Showcase 2013/14
    This annual project began in the autumn of 2013 when the participating schools started working on their pieces and the adjudicators Ada Lai, Lam Lan-chee, Li Chi-man, Carrie Lo, Ng Chun-hoi, Poly Ng and Tai Kit-man visited the schools to select the best pieces for the final performance which was held in the Auditorium of Sha Tin Town Hall on 29th January 2014. Some of these works were created with the sound-project guidelines written by Hong Kong composers, i.e., Ada Lai’s Rhapsody in the Market, Leung Chi-cheung’s Classroom Carnival, and Lo Hau-man’s Heroic Rescue of the Earth. These multi-media works (with music, choreography, lighting, props, etc.) were all created and performed by the students themselves. Twelve primary schools and twelve secondary schools performed in two sessions (primary schools at 3 pm, secondary schools at 7:30 pm). The secondary-school session was further divided into competitions in two categories: Elite Group (for less than 15 performers) and Premier Group (for more than 15 performers). The jury panel of the primary-school session consisted of Joshua Chan, Ada Lai, Gabriel Lam, Lo Hau-man and Poly Ng, while the secondary-school session Joshua Chan, Hui Cheung-wai, Lam Lan-chee, Carrie Lo and Tang Man-ngai. Together with additional interviews made at the end of the concert, the recording of the evening session was accessible via the Government website ( EDB had spent $182,186 on this project, while Guild also contributed $78,935 (mostly come from CASH Music Fund). Under the HKCG Mentorship Scheme, the Guild also awarded a special scholarship of $5,000 to Miss Tammi Ng of SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School, the best composer in this year’s Showcase, to enable her to have 10 composition lessons with Ada Lai between March and December 2014. A new work called The Wright Flyer written by the scholarship awardee of the same scheme last year Mr. Chung Tin-hon Aaron was also premiered during this concert.

    QEF Project – Music Composition Training Programme with Cultural Exploration
    We have successfully secured a QEF funding of 1.88 millions to launch a 2-year project called ‘Music Composition Training Programme with Cultural Exploration’. This project would startbegan with the development of a Teaching Manual for music composition in the context of cultural exploration. Then we will would send experienced composers-instructors and professional musicians to schools in 18 Districts of Hong Kong to work with 20 students in each school for a year, implementing the activities outlined in the Teaching Manual. During this period, each student will would complete a short instrumental composition inspired by a self-chosen subject related to his/her residential District or local environment (e.g., history, folklore, landmark, etc.). Towards the end of the project, a school concert performing all pieces written by the participating students will be held in each school. Furthermore, 3 public concerts featuring the best 72 pieces by the 18 schools will be organized. At least one music teacher from each participating school shall attend the year-long workshops & concerts, and learn how to teach and assess music composition. After the final public concerts, a committee consisting of experienced composers and educators will revise the Teaching Manual, incorporating the implementation experience by the composers-instructors. The finalized version of the Teaching Manual will be distributed to all schools eventually.

    The first stage of the project started in January 2014 when we recruited 12 co-writers to start writing a specific Teaching Manual for composers-instructors to carry out the year-long training in schools between September 2014 and June 2015. A series of meetings have been held to work on the Teaching Manual in the last 6 months. The first few meetings were chaired by Richard Tsang, and well attended by more than 2 dozen keen Guild composers. The subsequent meetings involved mostly Joshua Chan (the Chief Editor) and 4 main writers: Alex Au, Phoebus Lee, Leung Chi-hin and Ip Mun-wah. We have hired RhapsoArts Management to provide the main administrative support, and we have also enrolled so far 13 schools.

    Sharing Lectures by Hong Kong Composers II
    Because of the great success of the first lecture series of ‘Sharing Lectures by Hong Kong Composers’ in 2013, we organized the second series in collaboration with LCSD in 2014. The talks were given in six consecutive Wednesday evenings (7:30-9:00 pm) from 9th April to 14th May 2014 at the Lecture Hall of Hong Kong Space Museum. The six Hong Kong composers featured this time were Hui Cheung-wai, Ng Chun-hoi, Victor Chan, Lai Sheung-ping, Lo Hau-man and Joshua Chan. Each composer chose a particular topic and shared his/her personal experience with audience, e.g., choral music, cultural identity, wind band music, etc. Some lectures were supplemented by live performances by guest musicians, e.g. Tse Chun-yan (qin), Ho Pak-cheong (harmonica), Leung Chung-yan (soprano), Letty Poon (cello), Adrian Lam (piano), etc. These lectures were well attended by some keen audiences (between 60+ to 110+ people in each lecture) of different background who seem to be interested in meeting composers and learning more about music. During the Q-&-A sessions, the audience members raised some interesting questions. These lectures have facilitated some fruitful exchanges between composers and the general public.

    New Music Aspired Concert
    In order to facilitate more performances of HK composers’ pieces, we have organized a special concert on 28th April 2014 called New Music Aspired. Performed by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, this concert was held in the Lecture Hall of Hong Kong Science Museum, a special venue which offers a reasonable rental fee and flexible choice of concert dates. Among the Members’ submissions in response to the call for scores, nine pieces were selected for performance: Chris Hung’s Ghost Town, Alfred Wong’s Night Poem, Boo Chun-kit’s Worries, Wong Chun-wai’s A Call in the Wilds, Chan Wing-wah’s Three Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Ng Cheuk-yin’s Jazzture, Richard Tsang’s Emergence, Wong Kong-yu’s A Moon of my Own, and Phoebus Lee’s Better Half (premiere). Most compositions are short pieces, except the last one by Phoebus Lee, which was originally commissioned and scheduled to be performed during Musicarama 2012 by the Portuguese Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble, the Hong Kong visit of which could not be realized subsequently. Although the box office income of the concert was very low, we had nevertheless a keen audience, and the artistic quality of the featured compositions is outstanding.

    Schools Concert - Hong Kong Polyphony
    This was the final concert of our 3-year project which encourages school students to perform Hong Kong composers’ works (featuring choral music in 1st year, wind band and recorder band music in 2nd year, symphonic orchestral music in 3rd year). The idea was to enable school students to benefit from performing music by local, living composers who actually go to the schools to meet with them, to explain the music, and to comment on students’ performance. With the support of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts of HKIED, this final concert (called Hong Kong Polyphony) was held at C-LP-11 of HKIED at 12:30 pm on 14th May 2014, and it was also part of the Friday Concert Series of HKIED. This concert featured a total of 5 pieces written for various orchestral forces: Tang Pan-hang’s Little Ants (performed by G.T. Ellen Yeung College Sound Production Group), Lam Lan-chee’s Kaleidoscope (performed by Heep Yunn School Orchestra), Chan Long-yin’s Meteorite (performed by Pui Ching Middle School), Chris Hung’s Lantern Romance (performed by Wah Yan College, Kowloon Orchestra), and Wong Chun-wai’s Trio of the Fireflies II (performed by Munsang College Symphony Orchestra).

    International Rostrum of Composers 2014
    As a collaboration project with RTHK, the Guild Council appointed Viola Yuen as the Hong Kong Representative to attend the 61st International Rostrum of Composers held in Helsinki, Finland from 6th to 9th May 2014. As an international event for radio stations, this conference enabled recordings of new music from each participating country to be played and judged by fellow radio presenters. The best pieces will would be selected by the Rostrum and recommended to be broadcast in each all radio stations. The Guild Council selected the recordings of Shimmers the Shivery Moon by Chan Kai-young, As Snow by Pang Chun-ting and La Ronde by Wu Guanqing as the Hong Kong representative pieces. Since the participating countries are were allowed to get copies of other country's recordings, Viola Yuen was able to select many interesting pieces for subsequent broadcast in 4 programmes on RTHK4 in collaboration with their Programmer Raymond Chung. We are grateful to CASH Music Fund which provided Viola Yuen a travel grant to attend this rostrum.

    New Generation 2014
    In order to encourage young people to pursue excellence in artist creation, the Guild has been, for many years, collaborating with RTHK Radio 4 to organize an annual composition competition called New Generation Concert. The New Generation 2014 concert was held at Studio 1, RTHK on 3rd June 2014. As in previous years, the Project Co-ordinator Lai Sheung-ping has been the key person in ensuring a fair competition and professional administration. The Council announced the instrumentation (string quartet) in January 2014, and the scores were to be submitted by 15th April 2014. Out of the 28 submissions, the Score Selection Panel (Cheung Pui-shan, Christopher Keyes, Ada Lai, Wendy Lee, Matthew Tommasini) picked the best 8 pieces for performance by Romer String Quartet (Kitty Cheung, Kiann Chow, Ringo Chan & Eric Yip). The judge panel, consisting of David Gwilt, Richard Tsang, Joshua Chan, Hui Cheung-wai and Romer String Quartet, selected the following winning pieces: Snow on the River by Lam Wing-ka (1st Prize - $6,000), Hyper Dance by Leung Pak-hei (2nd Prize - $4,000), and As a Stream by Shuen Lai-yin (3rd Prize - $2,000). The concert also featured the commissioned work PROPAGANDA by Alex Yiu, the winner of last year's New Generation. The recording of the concert was subsequently broadcast on RTHK4 on 20th and 25th June 2014.

    Match Making Concerts
    In order to cultivate a keen interest in Hong Kong’s forerunner composers’ music among young musicians, we organized a special collaboration project with RTHK Radio 4 called “Match Making Concerts: When Emerging Performers Meet Forerunner Composers”, which was also part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of RTHK4. With a total of 2 concerts held in RTHK Studio One on 23rd and 30th June 2014 respectively, this project featured outstanding young performers and 19 pieces written by Hong Kong composers of the age 50 or above. Most of these gifted musicians are winners of the recent ‘Young Music Makers’ series organized by RTHK4, and they perform specialize in either Chinese or Western instruments. For example, 4X4 Plucked (ruan), Kevin Cheng (sheng), Melody Chan (yangqin), John Yiu (qin), Lau Wai-yan (zheng), Claudia Ng (clarinet), Charles Ng (saxophone), Chan Ting-yuen (bassoon), and Angus Lee (flute). Other outstanding performers included Romer String Quartet, Chan King-tsun (xiao), Rachel Cheung (piano) and Die Konzertisten (conducted by Felix Yeung). CASH Music Fund sponsored the production cost and part of the commission fees for 3 short pieces written respectively by Daniel Law, Ng Chun-hoi and Lam Kin-yee. Other composers whose pieces were performed included Clarence Mak, Tse Chun-yan, Wong Yok-yee, Law Wing-fai, Richard Tsang, Joshua Chan, Mui Kwong-chiu, Chan Ming-chi, David Gwilt, Chan Wing-wah, Hui Cheung-wai, Chen Ning-chi, Victor Chan, Lai Boon-tsing Joseph, Yeung Pak-lun and Doming Lam. The recording of the 2 concerts were subsequently broadcast on RTHK4 on 27th June, 2nd, 4th and 9th July 2014.

    CD Recording Project
    As in last year, we continued to facilitate more Hong Kong new music to be published in recording format with one CD project in 2013/14: a compilation CD featuring recordings produced by the composers themselves. After a careful selection among the numerous submissions according to both the artistic merit and recording quality, we have selected the following pieces for CD production: Chan Kai-young’s Shimmers the Shivery Moon, Chen Chi-wai’s Global Warning, Hui Cheung-wai’s Nocturne for Voyager in Space, Chris Hung’s Ever-changing Veins of Stone, Wong Chun-wai’s Second Seal-Rider on the Red Horse, Austin Yip’s Tube and Stephen Yip’s Flying Ink. By the end of June 2014, we have finished the mastering (by Lai Ching-kong) and design of the CD cover (by Alien Kwan). The mastering cost of $5,000 will would be split between the composers and Guild. The actual printing of the 1,000 copies of the CD will be completed by August 2014.

    Video Projects
    To continue our long-term plan to promote Hong Kong composers proactively online, we have completed the shooting of a new series of short video featuring six Hong Kong composers: Doming Lam, David Gwilt, Law Wing-fai, Richard Tsang, Chan Wing-wah and Chan Ming-chi. This project is similar to what we did last year on the 3 young composers Leung Chi-hin, Tang Lok-yin and Austin Yip, except that these composers will appear in 2 different videos, with bilingual subtitles of their speeches. We have hired the C. Production House to produce the videos. And they are still working on the final cut at this stage even the shooting have been done by January 2014. Leung Chi-hin was appointed as the project co-ordinator.

    We have also completed a pilot study of producing a video recording of a studio performance of Adrian Lam’s short piece Astray for piano, clarinet and cello. The objective is to enable Hong Kong composers’ chamber music to be available for online dissemination with video recording of the actual performance. Unlike most unpublished music where the live performance was simply video recorded un-edited and uploaded for online sharing, our approach is to video record a studio performance with extensive editing to help the viewers to focus on the right part of the music at the right time. With the support of music-video lover Patrick Wong, clarinetist Wong Cheuk-nang, and cellist Tong Wai-ho, the recording was subsequently made in January 2014, and the editing of the video is now available on Youtube: A call for composers’ interest to participate in this project in 2014/15 was had been announced, with the aim to produce 2 more such videos.

    A total of 4 Council meetings were held during this period. Our last Annual General Meeting was successfully held on 30th September 2014 in The Harbourview in Wan Chai, and it was attended by 47 people.

    The Hong Kong Composers’ Guild is very grateful to ADC for supporting us with the Year Grants since 2010 when we started to recruit full-time staff and rent a small office. While As a result, the scope of our activities have grown much as a resultsince then, and we have also learnt a lot in corporate governance. The ADC allocation of an additional management trainee in 2013/14 also meaneds a lot to us, because it was the first time we could engage full-time manpower to work on strategic planning rather than just daily administrative business. We have also discovered our potential to provide good supervision to young staff and nurture their career development in the arts administration field. In Spring 2014, the Council decided to turn the management trainee position to a regular position of EO (Executive Officer), making our team of full-time staff to a total of 2 EOs. This staffing will (1) enable some of the administrative workload currently undertaken by the Council Chairman to be taken care of, (2) allow both staff to have time to do research on the local arts field and explore more funding opportunities, (3) provide a healthy, interactive working environment, and (4) trigger a better career development for young staff. A recruitment exercise was made in May 2014, and we have decided to hire Gloria Pang, our former Management Trainee, as our second EO. In order to maximize the manpower and resources, we have worked out a special working schedule for the two staff: Gloria Pang =will work in the office on Mondays to Wednesdays, and; Grace Yip on= Wednesdays to Fridays, while both should would attend Guild events held off hours and answer emails regularly.

    A total of 4 Council meetings were held during this period. And our last Annual General Meeting was successfully held on 30th September 2014 in The Harbourview Hotel in Wan Chai, and it was attended by 47 people. The
    In the past year, the records of usage of the Guild office usage at Hong Kong Arts Centre are: daily operation (approximately 242 days), regular Council meeting (approximately 14 hours), other project meeting (approximately 25 hours), members’ scores and cheques submission (11 times), composition and mentorship classes (approximately 75 hours) and visits from members and other visitors (22 times).



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