Everlasting Cantonese Music: Treasure from A Century Ago by the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble features Professor Yuen Siu-fai, a leading authority on Cantonese music, and Maestro Ko Tit-kwan and Ko Yun-hung, and music scholar, Professor Christopher Pak. The project focuses on the organizing and reviving The Essentials of Strings and Vocal Music (1916) by Yau Hok-chou, a major figure in Cantonese music. The ensemble will perform pieces from this collection, linking up three interrelated major Cantonese music heritages: instrumental music, Chinese opera, and narrative singing, with the aim to broaden the public's understanding of Cantonese music and to present treasures of Hong Kong's traditional music culture.
雁落平沙 Wild Geese on the Sandbank
小桃紅 The Little Red Peach
小調聯奏 A Medley of Folk Tunes
客途秋恨(上卷) A Wanderer's Autumn Grief (Part I)
昭君怨 The Lament of Lady Zhaojun
連環扣 United We Go
柳搖金(選段) The Swaying Willow’ s Golden Sounds (Excerpt)
娛樂昇平 In Celebration of Good Times
思賢調 Thinking of the Sages
The Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble is a professional Chinese chamber music ensemble with its focus on the local community and on producing quality chamber concerts. Founded in 2003, it has a mission of developing Chinese music culture in Hong Kong. From its traditional Lingnan culture foundations to merging the aesthetics of the East and West, the Ensemble lives up to its artisitc motto of “small but elegant, simple but refined” by presenting traditional and contemporary works with a distinctive local flair. In 2011, the Ensemble was incorporated as the “Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble Limited”, with renowned conductor Ho Man-chuen as its Artistic Advisor and the Ensemble’s founder, Chan Chiu-yin, as Executive Director. It was a landmark for the way forward for the Ensemble. The Ensemble is a grantee of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and a charitable institution of a public character in Hong Kong.
The Ensemble’s resident musicians are young and talent music graduates from local institutes with rich experience in concert performance. The performances typically follow the traditional combinations of sizhu (silk and bamboo, or strings and winds), and the repertoire showcases the Lingnan vernacular instruments. In a bid to perpetuate the unique Cantonese music culture of Hong Kong, the Windpipe Cantonese Music Quintet was founded in 2018.
The Ensemble has given more than 60 subscription concerts and 600 educational outreach concerts, premiered over 60 new works by local composers, and performed with numerous virtuosi both at home and overseas. Since 2007, it has taken part in 14 editions of the Community Cultural Ambassador Scheme organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Representing Hong Kong internationally since 2008, the Ensemble has gone on tour and cultural exchange to more than 20 countries and regions in Asia, North America and Europe.
Vocal: Yuen Siu-fai
Ensemble Leader: Ko Tit-kwan, Ko Yun-hung
Docent: Christopher Pak
Performer: Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble