Introduction of Hong Kong City Choir

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  • The Hong Kong City Choir (HKCC) is an amateur choral group registered in Hong Kong, which was founded in 1999 by Mr. Man Kin Ping, Jack the Musical Director and Conductor of the Choir. There are about 80 existing members, who have undergone varying degrees of vocal training, performing choral music of various styles from sacred, classical music to contemporary works.
  • Since its inception, the Choir has played an active role in choral performances in the city. It has been invited to participate in various domestic performances, including invitation by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to perform in the “Hong Kong Winter Fest” in Santa’s Town for five consecutive years.  It also takes part regularly at the district cultural events organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).
  • In 2004, it was exclusively invited to perform two choral concerts in ‘Fête de la Musique’ hosted by the French Consulate General, Hong Kong Alliance Francaise, the LCSD and the Fringe Club.
  • In addition to local performance, the HKCC has repeatedly participated in international competitions overseas together with cultural and artistic exchanges with foreign arts groups, including participation in Zhongshan’s “Chinese Choir Festival 2000″, Shanghai’s “New Year Concert 2003″, the “2004 New Year Concert” in Zhuhai, as well as performances in Macau, Shenzhen, Shaoguan, Guangzhou, etc. In July 2004, they participated in “The 7th China International Chorus Festival” held in Wuxi and received the Excellent Performance Award.
  • 2006 was a fruitful year for the Choir. Sponsored by the Hong Kong Government, they traveled to Xiamen in July to compete in “The 4th World Choir Games” and were awarded the Gold Diploma for chorus singing as well as the Silver Diploma for Female Ensemble. In November, the group was invited to participate in the “2006 Busan Choral Festival” in Korea with the support of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In December, it entered “The 8th China Choral Festival” competition and received the Silver Diploma for mixed chorus singing.l  2010 was another rewarding year for the Hong Kong City Choir. In July, the group went to Shaoxing to take part in “The 6th World Choir Games” and won 2 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal. In June and November, it performed on the same stage with world class singers from the Royal Danish Opera and the famous Italian group La Rossignal respectively. The friendship concert with La Rossignal was sponsored by Dante Alighieri Society in Hong Kong.  In September, it performed at the Award Presentation Ceremony of “The 1st Choral Festival in Shenzhen” as the only guest performer from outside the mainland.
  •  In 2011, the Choir hosted two grand concerts. In May, it presented a Concert by 3 Tenors –”Nessun Dorma-Three Tenors from Asia”. The 3 well-known tenors, including Mr. Man King Ping (the conductor of the choir), a tenor from Japan, and another tenor from Korea, had presented a brilliant performance that cheered the audience much. Another concert held in November “A Time to Remember: Commemorating The One Hundredth Year of the Xinhai Revolution” recalled the choral cultural history over the century, and raised funds for hospice services of social enterprises through singing.
  •  In 2012, the choir’s performance at “Salute to French Masters Concert” for Le French May gained considerable acclaim.
  •  In April 2013, an outstanding performance at “Verdi’s Gala” in celebration of Verdi’s 200th birthday, and to mourn the tenth anniversary of SARS ( Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), was an unprecedented success.
  •  In April 2014 and September 2015, the choir hosted two concerts “Salute to Music Masters” Series I and II respectively, tracing the source of Chinese art songs by performing choral works of some famous Chinese music masters.
  •  In June 2016, the group participated in the Third China Folk Songs Choral Festival in Guizhou, China and was awarded a Silver Medal
  •  In July 2017, HKCC was invited to take part in two concerts hosted by the International Cultural Exchange Association (Sydney, Australia) in Sydney and the Federation of Chinese Association (Victoria) Incorporation in Melbourne, in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region).  In addition, the choir was also invited by Tasmania to participate in the 13th Festival of Voices held in Hobart.  All three events were funded by the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau.
  •  In 2018, funded by the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong City Choir performed in three concerts with four Russian choirs on the cultural exchange tour in Moscow. The HKCC was the laureate of the third prize in the Singing World Chamber Chorus Competition in St.Petersburg, Russia in August 2018.  The group was also invited to perform in both the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Music Festival and the concert held at the Evangelical Lutheran Parish of St. Petersburg Mary.
  •  In October 2018, the choir finished its anniversary concert – Haydn’s Contemporary Dialogue.  The audiences were led from the great work of Haydn – “The Creation” written in the eighteenth century to the newly-arranged contemporary Chinese choral works and further beyond boundaries to the choral arrangements from Africa.

Updated : December 2018