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HKBU chamber choir delights Londoners

22 Jun 2016

Cantoría Hong Kong performs with the choir of Royal Holloway, University of London
Cantoría Hong Kong performs with the choir of Royal Holloway, University of London
Members savour every moment of their extraordinary live broadcast on "In Tune", BBC Radio 3  (Photo courtesy of BBC Radio 3)
Members savour every moment of their extraordinary live broadcast on "In Tune", BBC Radio 3 (Photo courtesy of BBC Radio 3)

The HKBU chamber choir Cantoría Hong Kong presented a music tour in London from 6 to 11 June, performing in prestigious universities and on a BBC radio programme.

At Cambridge University, Cantoría Hong Kong joined the Choral Evensong performance with the King’s Voices of King’s College, and a recital at the President’s Lodge at Queen’s College. It also delivered a joint concert with the choir of Royal Holloway, University of London, and another joint concert with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship Octet at Gresham Centre, London.

Members of the choir were also invited to perform live for In Tune, a BBC Radio 3 programme (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07dkg1j).

Dr John Winzenburg, Director of Cantoría Hong Kong and also Associate Professor of the Department of Music, found the London tour exciting and fruitful. He said the choir had the rare opportunity to share the stage with three world-class ensembles and achieved a new musical level in its final concert at the Gresham Centre in London. He also remarked that the 30-minute appearance on BBC Radio 3 with over 100,000 listeners tuned in was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that demanded the utmost concentration during every moment of the live broadcast.

Cantoría Hong Kong is a mixed chamber choir of students from the Department of Music. It was formed in 2009 and has earned increasing distinction for the high standard of its chamber choir repertoire which spans various periods and places. It is the first student group from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong to present a full-length concert at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and earned a Gold Medal at the 2010 Festival of Songs Olomouc held in the Czech Republic.