X'mas Performance (updated on 24 December 2002)
We will join the open air concert of Hong Kong Harmonica Association on X'mas Day, 1-2pm at Grand Millennium Plaza, 183 Queen's Road Central.
Please visit Hong Kong Harmonica Association website for other harmonica events during the X'mas holiday.
Television Programme Features Local Harmonica Community (updated on 17 December 2002)
Television programme "Hong Kong Plus" (香港做得到) featuring King's Harmonica Quintet and other Hong Kong harmonica players was broadcast on 5 December 2002 (Thursday). The 9-minute episode can be viewed here.
Ho Pak-cheong and Magdalene Appear on Radio Programme (updated on 17 December 2002)
Our first treble player Ho Pak-cheong and our manager Magdalene were the guests of the Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4 programme "It Takes Two" on 26 November 2002 (Tuesday). In the 2-hour programme, they share their favorite music which include two works written for us:
We All Grew Up in Hong Kong - A Kaleidoscopic Suite, by Hui Cheung-wai (38:33 of 2nd hour)
Snowflakes from Color Clouds Suite, by Mui Kwong-chiu (53:12 of 2nd hour)
許翔威：我們都在香港長大 — 音樂卷集〔第二小時38:33〕
Ho Pak-cheong - Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Hong Kong (updated on 17 December 2002)
Our first treble player Ho Pak-cheong received the 2002 Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Hong Kong Award.
Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4 programme "Music Chat Room" interviewed him on 2 November 2002 (Saturday). In this 2-hour programme, recording of a work written for us can be heard:
Resonant Snapshots - movements 1 to 4, by Hui Cheung-wai (42:40 of 1st hour)
ISCM World Music Days 2002 Hong Kong (updated on 17 December 2002)
International Society for Contemporary Music consists of members from over 50 countries and is devoted to the promotion of music of our time. It presents the World Music Days Festival every year since 1922. Subsequent to its first hosting in 1988, Hong Kong has the honour to host this event again this year from 11 to 19 October.
One of the attractions is an overnight South-China Sea tour on the luxury cruise liner SuperStar Leo on 18-19 October. We are honoured to perform on board a 45-minute programme for the delegates from all over the world. It is also a special concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary ofComposer and Authors Society of Hong Kong. The performance features all local compositions for harmonica quintet. Music of Hui Cheung-wai and Mui Kwong-chiu are presented, as well as 4 new pieces by Lam Man-yee who also directs this performance.
Please visit the ISCM World Music Days 2002 Hong Kong website for details.
Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2002 in Japan (updated on 6 October 2002)
The 4th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival took place in Atsugi, the harmonica home town of Japan, from 30 July to 4 August 2002.
We were invited to perform in the International Friendship Concert on 1 August 2002. Compositions by Hong Kong composers were featured in our programme:
Mui Kwong-chiu: Snowflakes from Color Clouds Suite
Hui Cheung-wai: Selections from Resonant Snapshots
I. A Doctor After Surgery
III. A Scientist Behind The Telescope
In the same concert, the newly formed Hong Kong Harmonica Association was featured, with a harmonica orchestra consisting of 20 distinguished harmonica players playing two pieces of contrasting styles: Rachmaninov's Vocalise and Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture.
There are altogether 64 people in the Hong Kong delegation, coordinated by the Hong Kong Harmonica Association. Beside the performance in the concert, the harmonica players have achieved phenomenal results in the competition, grabbing 6 gold prizes, 11 silver prizes and 13 bronze prizes in 35 entries. In the 10 categories of competition, we achieved the first position in 3 categories, namely, Large Ensemble, Duo and Free Style. A concert to celebrate the achievements will be staged on 6 November 2002 (Wednesday) at Hong Kong City Hall Theatre.
Being the host of the next Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival in 2004, the Hong Kong delegation expressed its sincere welcome to all harmonica lovers who attended the Atsugi festival. A booth was established to disseminate the information of Hong Kong and the next festival. In the closing ceremony, Principal Hong Kong Economic and Trade Representative (Tokyo), Mr. Alex Fong, delivered a welcome speech on behalf of the Hong Kong SAR Government. A short video demonstrated the vivid life of Hong Kong, while all the Hong Kong delegates expressed our warm welcome through music by performing the piece Elite Gathering, written by Hui Cheung-wai specifically for this occasion.
Please visit the website of Hong Kong Harmonica Association (http://www.hkharmonica.org) for more details on Hong Kong's participation in the Festival and news of the local harmonica community.
For details of the Festival, please refer to the website of the organizer, All Japan Harmonica Federation. Another comprehensive report of the Festival (in Chinese) can be found here.
同一音樂會上，新成立的香港口琴協會 (http://www.hkharmonica.org) 派出二十名精英代表，演奏兩首風格截然不同的樂曲：拉赫曼尼諾夫的《聲樂練習曲》，及蘇佩的《輕騎兵序曲》。
Harmonica Duo Recital (updated on 1 April 2002)
Mark Chan and Allan Ho, the duo who won the 2001 World Champion in the Open category of the competition will stage 2 recitals on 13 April 2002 (Saturday) 3pm and 8pm at the Fringe Club.
Apart from playing their winning piece Arietta and Rondino, they have commissioned Hui Cheung-wai to write a harmonica duo piece Blues in A Basket (consisting of five movements about the color blue). Allan Ho has also commissioned Dave Packer to write a solo piece.
Other highlights of the programme include a few other duo pieces like Bach's Prelude, a "Spring" duet by Japanese composer in the style of Baroque, a beautiful French "Barcarole" (boat song), Italian Dance "Siciliano" with 4 variations transcribed from harp, and solo performances by Allan and Mark individually with Dave Packer (keyboard) and Stephen Chau (guitar).
Tickets at $99 ($80 student price) are available at Ticketek outlets.
他們除了會演奏得獎樂曲Arietta and Rondino外，還委約許翔威創作口琴二重奏曲《一籃子的藍》。何永泰亦委約Dave Packer創作口琴獨奏曲。
Radio Programme Features New Works for Harmonica Quintet and Orchestra (updated on 1 April 2002)
Radio programme "Music of Our Time" (in Chinese: 音樂前線), presented in Cantonese
30 March 2001 (Saturday) 10:00-11:00 pm
Radio 4, Radio Television Hong Kong, FM97.6-98.9
Excerpts of the 2 new works written for harmonica quintet and orchestra, which were world-premiered by us and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on 27 January 2002, can be heard in the above programme. The composer Hui Cheung-wai speaks about them (as well as other of his works) in the programme.
The programme starts from 1:40 with a 30-seconds excerpt from the first movement Between Us of Reflections from a Pentagonal Crystal. Rendezvous Paris is from 5:30 to 17:40 with the last 3 minutes omitted due to programme time constraint. The second movement From Mother to Mother of Reflections from a Pentagonal Crystal is from 45:05 to 50:35. The music is a computer-generated MIDI version, but hopefully you can still appreciate the composition.
作曲家許翔威在節目中介紹他的作品，其中包括兩首為口琴五重奏及管弦樂團而寫的作品 《約會巴黎》 及 《五角水晶的反映》 ，我們剛於一月二十七日與香港管弦樂團作世界首演。
節目於1:40以《五角水晶的反映》第一樂章《你我之間》一段三十秒的片段開始。《約會巴黎》由 5:30 至 17:40，因節目時間所限，樂曲的最後三分鐘未能播出。《五角水晶的反映》第二樂章《由母親到母親》由 45:05 至 50:35。雖然音樂是由電腦模擬產生，但希望這無礙欣賞作品。
Radio Programme Features Harmonica (updated on 4 April 2002)
Radio programme "Music of Our Time" (in Chinese: 音樂前線), presented in Cantonese
9 March 2001 (Saturday) 10:00-11:00 pm
Radio 4, Radio Television Hong Kong, FM97.6-98.9
This is a re-run of the same programme broadcast on 12 May last year.
The title of the programme is "The Young Contemporary Harmonica Music". The handy chromatic harmonica has only appeared on the stage of serious music in the past century and is still in its infancy. In view of its unique structure and tonal quality among other musical instruments, it deserves more attention in the history of contemporary music with the original works written for it. Compared to other well-established music instruments, there has been less forward-looking exploration made on chromatic harmonica. While this can be understood, this is exactly an area awaiting people to explore.
Original Chinese introduction of the programme can be viewed here.
Listen online now - even if you don't understand Cantonese! Just listen to the music! You can refer to the following programme (starting time of each piece in square bracket):
Vaughan Williams: Romance [4:08]
Gordon Jacob: Divertimento for Harmonica and String Quartet
First Movement: March [11:11]
Third Movement: Siciliano [12:39]
Fourth Movement: Scherzhetto [15:04]
Eighth Movement: Jig [17:03]
Villa-lobos: Harmonica Concerto, First Movement [19:08]
James Moody: Little Suite, Second Movement: Scherzino [28:00]
Malcolm Arnold: Harmonica Concerto, First Movement [31:25]
Yasuo Watani: Fantasy Etude [36:14]
Hui Cheung-wai: Scent of Poetry (for harmonica quintet and harp) [40:07]
Mui Kwong-chiu: Autumn Landscape Suite, First Movement: Red Leaves (for harmonica quintet, sheng, harp, piano and percussion) [47:29]
Vaughan Williams：Romance [4:08]
Gordon Jacob：Divertimento for Harmonica and String Quartet
James Moody：Little Suite，第二樂章：Scherzino [28:00]
Malcolm Arnold：口琴協奏曲，第一樂章 [31:25]
和谷泰扶：Fantasy Etude [36:14]
Repertoire Updates (updated on 4 April 2002)
The Repertoire section has been enriched:
2 new works written by Hui Cheung-wai for harmonica quintet and orchestra (premiered by us and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on 27 January 2002)
1 new work written by Hui Cheung-wai for harmonica orchestra (premiered by King's College Harmonica Band on 14 December 2001)
Introductory notes on 11 works composed for harmonica since 1999
New Article Posted (updated on 1 April 2002)
In response to the encouraging critique written by Mr. Chow Fan Fu after our concert in February 1996, Ho Pak-cheong wrote a letter to Mr. Chow, commenting on a wide range of issues on the development of harmonica in Hong Kong (in Chinese). The letter can be found in the Articles section.
Chinese Page in GB2312 Encoding (updated on 1 April 2002)
To enhance our reach to the community in China, Malaysia and Singapore, we have provided our Chinese pages in GB2312 encoding, in addition to the existing pages in BIG5 encoding. The home page of the GB version is http://home.netvigator.com/~cblau/khq/chinese-gb, or it is accessible from the "Chinese (GB)" link at the top.
World Harmonica Festival 2001 (updated on 2 March 2002)
The World Harmonica Festival was held from 24 to 28 October 2001 (Wednesday to Sunday) in Trossingen, Germany. Our members Ho Pak-cheong and Lau Chun-bong attended the Festival. Allan Ho and Mark Chan from Hong Kong won the champion in the Open category of the competition. Congratulations to them!
Their achievements were widely reported in the local media. Please read the reports of Ming Pao and Apple Daily (in Chinese, BIG5 code page). The news has been selected as one of the Top 10 Music Highlights in Hong Kong. 75% of the votes were cast on this news, ranking it the second among the 10 entries. Please listen to the announcement here (starting from 8:25, in Cantonese). News about harmonica has become one of the Top 10 in two consecutive years.
Larry Adler Passed Away (updated on 15 February 2002)
Larry Adler passed away peacefully in London, aged 87, on 6 August 2001.
He was the torch bearer who lit the way for many aspiring chromatic players who were inspired by his style, technique and musicality. More than just the best mouth organ player, he was the consummate professional entertainer and performer to the end. He opened many doors through which others have since passed.
There can never be another.
Ho Pak-cheong wrote about Larry Adler in February 2002 edition of "Fine Music" (the Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4 publication). The article written in Chinese is titled "When Harmonica Meets Adler As Adler Meets Harmonica". The Radio 4 programme "Profile" (presented in Cantonese) on 15 February 2002 (Friday) 7-8pm featured Larry Adler.
For more details:
National Harmonica League's page (Larry Adler is the president of National Harmonica League, Britain's national harmonica organization)
口琴大師拉里˙艾德拉 (Larry Adler) 於二○○一年八月六日與世長辭，享年八十七。
Symphonic Début with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (updated on 10 February 2002)
We would like to express our sincere thanks to the 2400 people who have supported us by witnessing our two history-making concerts on 27 January 2002.
The concerts are our début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the first music written for a harmonica quintet and a philharmonic orchestra. Conducted by Music Director Samuel Wong, the two concerts at 3pm and 8pm, 27 January 2002 (Sunday), at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, bring two world premières, both by the Hong Kong composer Hui Cheung-wai and both commissioned by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In Hui's own words, Rendezvous Paris "draws on many French composers as well as on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring(premièred in Paris), Gershwin's An American in Paris and the Beatles' Michelle" while Reflections from a Pentagonal Crystal is "totally free... exploring symphonic effects while balancing the Quintet with the great soundscape of the orchestra." Our first treble player Ho Pak-cheong also play James Moody's Little Suite with the orchestra.