Hong Kong: Live it, Love it!

Well, we’re now back from the trip to Hong Kong.  We had a fabulous time, and one of the joys was working with such delightful musicians; we had such fun with them.  The whole concert has been broadcast and webcast on RTHK, who also put together an excellent film about our stay in the city.  We certainly got a taste of the high life….

The TV programme can be seen online at Music First/Power of Harmony

It includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s double violin concerto performed by Catherine and Guy together with the wonderful orchestra of the HK Academy of the Performing Arts, a Purcell anthem and the new piece I wrote which brought together all the different soloists and ensembles of the concert, including Niu Niu, Yang Peiyi, Catherine Myerscough, Guy Button, the Orchestra of the HK APA, and Robinson College Choir.  It also includes members of the choir proclaiming the HK Tourist Board’s inimitable slogan Hong Kong: Live it, Love it!

Back to the UK now, and reality.  And onwards and upwards, in fact, as I need to write a piece for Cambridge pianist David Christophersen, who has commissioned a work for two pianos and two percussionists. My idea is to set the percussionists free of the pianists, while entwining them in a delicate and intimate dialogue with each other.  We’ll see how it turns out.

Peace, Harmony and Martial Arts

Later this summer I’m taking the choir of Robinson College to Hong Kong, where we’ve been invited to give a concert alongside some of the brightest stars of Chinese music, including Yundi Li.  I’ve been asked to write a piece which will end the concert and draw together the brilliant young pianist Niu Niu, the wonderful singer Yang Peiyi who delighted the world at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, two outstanding violinists from Robinson College, Catherine Myerscough and Guy Button, the college Choir, and the orchestra of the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts.   If this wasn’t enough of a mix, I’ll be setting words in Chinese, written by the distinguished and enormously successful novelist Louis Cha, famous for his best-selling martial arts novels. It’s looking like a hugely exciting trip, and the commission is certainly a challenge!