HK's date with international musicians
NEXT month will be without doubt the busiest this year for the School of Music as many international visitors will be here for concerts, master classes and lectures.
The month gets off to an exciting start with the arrival of His Majesty's Sagbutts & Cornetts for a concert on March 7 at 6.15 pm.
The world famous group, playing original instruments from the 17th Century will give a glimpse of what life was like in the 1600s.
These old brass instruments invariably accompanied royalty on official occasions.
A chance to treat yourself to a wonderful and exciting performance that can rarely be enjoyed these days! On March 10, two of the world's greatest young violinists, Le Wei-wei and Li Zhi-sheng, both 14, will perform the ''Mendelssohn Violin Concerto'' and the ''Butterfly Lovers' Concerto'' together with the Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yip Wing-sie.
I was lucky enough to hear the young violinists playing in Shanghai last November.
I don't believe it is easy to find better players at this age anywhere in the world.
I am sure they will become world famous in 10 years' time and one shouldn't miss the opportunity of hearing such talent.
One of the world's experts on composer Hector Berlioz will be our next visitor.
Hugh MacDonald comes from the US and will give two lectures on March 15 at 5.30 pm and March 17 at 6.30 pm at the academy.
The first lecture is ''Berlioz Mass'' and the second ''Beethoven Music - Cat and Mouse''.
The following week on March 25, we welcome the Fu Jen Catholic University Orchestra from Taipei at 6 pm. They will perform a very exciting programme of orchestral favourites.
And finally, for lovers of contemporary music - why not come and hear Japan's leading group, Ton Klami.
They will perform on the same day on March 25 but at the Recital Hall at 7.30 pm.
Ton Klami consists of one percussion player (playing hundreds of instruments) plus one pianist and a saxaphone player who sits on the floor throughout.
As well as all the above - if you are free at 1.15 pm any Monday - come and hear one of our regular Monday Lunchtime Concerts given by music students.
The concerts take place on the 1st floor foyer and lunch is available. These lunchtime concerts are free to the public.
My hot tip for the month is the ''two 14-year-old violinists'' from Shanghai. Come and hear performances that you wouldn't have believed possible.
Mr Anthony Camden is the Dean of Music at the APA