[Hong Kong 8 May 2009] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) presented a chamber concert at the HSBC main building today (Friday, 8 May) as part of the Orchestra’s education programme, “HSBC Creative Notes”, sponsored by the Hongkong Bank Foundation and the Tung Foundation. 13 HKPO musicians performed a fun repertoire of classical music for 180 primary, secondary and special school students, giving them a chance to experience the power and joy of music at an early age.
In order to acquaint the students with the different instruments of the orchestra, the musicians were divided into 3 groups. The oboe quartet performed a Chinese repertoire Butterfly Lovers and Handel’s Fireworks. The woodwind quintet played Handel’s Hornpipe and Air and Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice while the brilliant brass quintet gave a performance of Gabrieli’s Canzona per sonare and Offenbach’s Can-Can. Mr. Leung Tim-sing, a devoted special school music teacher will direct students from the Hong Chi Winifred Mary Cheung School in a performance of Evening Party by the Chinese composer He Luding using percussion instruments made from recycled materials.
Mr. Y.S. Liu said, “Classical music is a great joy to listen and to play. We at the HKPO staunchly believe that our future generations should have the right and opportunity to enjoy this beautiful art form from an early age. With the much needed funding from the Hongkong Bank Foundation and the Tung Foundation, we are proud to bring to thousands of school children each year a music-in-education programme that is designed to stimulate their minds and develop their appreciation of such a wonderful gift to all.”
Teresa Au, Head of Corporate Sustainability Asia Pacific Region, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, said, ‘HSBC has been committed to supporting education initiatives. We also believe art education plays an important role in the all-round development of students. Though funding “HSBC Creative Notes” education project, HSBC hopes to provide young people the opportunity to experience classical music, widen their exposure and inspire their creativity as well as learning potential.’
Mr Y.S. Liu, Chairman of HKPS Board of Governors, said, “Hau-leung’s appointment gives the HKPO a strong alliance of Artistic Director Edo de Waart and a Chief Executive with vast management experience. I am confident that Edo and Hau-leung will work together to help put the Orchestra firmly on the local, regional and international artistic map.”
David Fried, Group General Manager and Regional Head of Insurance Asia Pacific, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, said, ‘This is the 2nd consecutive year HSBC Insurance has supported the Music Smart project in partnership with Creative Notes, for which these valuable educational sessions will benefit over 50,000 students from local primary, secondary and special schools, which is 10,000 more than last year. This year, Music Smart project has also developed an additional education tool - an interactive website enabling students to learn classical music online. The website allows students to learn music anytime and anywhere, without the boundary of physical campus. Since launch in March, I am happy to let you know that the website has already enjoyed overwhelming responses with over 1,000 downloads.’
“HSBC Creative Notes” enters its 2nd year with a wider coverage of schools (376) and greater number of students (50,000) through 16 Student Concerts, 46 School Visits by HKPO ensembles and 10 Instrumental Master-classes. An educational toolkit “Music Smart”, funded by HSBC Insurance, is distributed to participating schools free of charge. One of this year’s highlights is a tailor-made learning kit for students from special schools, designed by well known music therapist and 2008 Ten Outstanding Young Person, Ms Joanna Chan.
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ABOUT THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances. HKPO stays in tune with our city by presenting the biggest outdoor symphonic concert of the year, Swire Symphony Under the Stars at Happy Valley in the 0708 season. In the 08/09 season the Orchestra undertook a major six-concert tour of China, including the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts and Shanghai Grand Theatre under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Hongkong Bank Foundation
The Hongkong Bank Foundation was established in 1981 to co-ordinate the many charitable donations of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and since its inception has committed more than HK$984 million to charitable causes. The Foundation concentrates its funding in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and areas of mainland China where the Bank operates. The Foundation supports a wide range of community projects but its principal areas of interest are education, community welfare, environmental protection and charitable projects enhancing links between the HKSAR and the Mainland.