(English version follows the Chinese version)
Spearheaded by our composition faculty Prof. Kai-young Chan, "From Constraints to Creativity: A Conference on Cantonese Contemporary Music" is voted the "2023 Top 10 Music Headlines", an annual project organised by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 4.
The "From Constraints to Creativity: A Conference on Cantonese Contemporary Music" was held in April 2023 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The conference included concerts, a lecture demonstration, and a presentation session. Led by Kai-young Chan and the CUHK Music Student Chorus, the lecture demonstration showcased different approaches to Cantonese text settings in choral music. During the presentation session, notable composers, performers, and librettists shared insights on the creative and performance practices of Cantonese music. The highlight of the conference was the Cantonese Choral Showcase, featuring The Hong Kong Children's Choir, the Hong Kong Youth Choir, and Die Konzertisten. They performed works by 12 composers, including eight world premieres selected through an international call for scores. Over 700 participants attended the conference, which focuses on how composers can creatively approach Cantonese text-setting in choral music, opera, and other contemporary genres.
For details, please visit: https://app7.rthk.hk/special/musicheadlines2023/
CUHK Music Research Postgraduate Students Achievements
Congratulations to Li Kin Keung Kenneth (DMus) and Zheng Enzhe (DMus) on receiving scholarships by Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, and the 3rd Prize, Musicacoustica - Hangzhou 2023, Electroacoustic Music Composition Competition (B category) respectively.
Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund:
Musicacoustica - Hangzhou 2023, Electroacoustic Music Composition Competition
Congratulations to our composition faculty Prof. Chan Kai-young on winning The 21st CASH Golden Sail Award for Best Young Composer's Serious Composition!
The awarded piece is titled Seeking, Searching, for eight-part mixed chorus, a Cantonese choral works. It was premiered by Die Konzertisten, conducted by our alumnus Felix Yeung, in the Cantonese Choral Showcase in "From Constraints to Creativity: A Conference on Cantonese Contemporary Music", held on 29 April, 2023, at Chung Chi College Chapel. Find out more about the research project on https://www.cantonesecomposition.com
Chan said, "Overwhelmed with gratitude to CASH for this recognition, to Die Konzertisten and Felix Yeung for bringing this difficult piece to life 8 years after its inception, my team at CUHK Music for supporting my work, and my teacher Prof. Victor Chan for believing in me in early days as a minor student. Thanks to all who made this happen.
I sincerely hope that Cantonese choral works and other Cantonese art forms will flourish and reach far and wide. Our concert in April will be up soon - stay tuned for more!".
In 2001, the Composers and Authors Soceity of Hong Kong Ltd (CASH) has inaugurated the annual CASH Golden Sail Music Awards in recognition of outstanding musical works as well as vocal performances of musical works first commercially released or performed in Hong Kong within a specified period of the past year. Judging is based on artistic, creative and technical achievements of each piece of work or recorded performance.
Congratulations again and we look forward to more works from Prof Chan.