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Concert by percussionist Chau Chin-tung and friends promises to be a hit

When the principal percussionist of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta has the chance to hold his own concert, he makes sure he gets to play all his favourite works

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 July, 2015, 11:17pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 July, 2015, 11:17pm

As much as Chau Chin-tung loves his job, there are the occasional pieces the orchestral musician has very little interest in performing but still has to practise and perform the best he can. So when the principal percussionist of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta has the chance to hold his own concert, he makes sure he gets to play all his favourite works.

"There is not a certain theme or message that I want to deliver through the show," says Chau. "But it reflects the yearning in me — and the dozen friends and colleagues whom I'll be performing with — to exercise our creative freedom. It's all about having fun and exploring the musical possibilities arising from our interactions."

There will be three world premieres during the 90-minute concert, which promises to be a multimedia experience. Impressed by a piece by local composer Lam Fung that he played during a European tour with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra earlier this year, Chau invited the composer to write one for this show and Chase incorporates a unique blend of Western percussions and English horn.

Ng King-pan's The Bustling Fairy Sedan will be performed by five flautists from the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and five percussionists; while the concert will end with Bang!, an energetic and uplifting piece composed jointly by Chau and percussion outfit Refiner Drums.

Chau says the concert will be divided into two parts, the first focusing on Western instruments and the second on Chinese ones as a nod to Chau's passion for both. The veteran percussionist is a 1996 graduate from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he studied Chinese percussion under Ho Man-chuen and Yim Hok-man, and Western percussion under Lung Heung-wing and Shaun Tilburg.

"I'll also revisit two of my Chinese pieces, both of which were created 10 years ago and still hold a special place in my heart, and challenge myself to conquer Eric Sammut's Mechanical Sensations which I failed to perfect last time I attempted it," says Chau.

Other highlights include a new arrangement of French classic Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) by Chau's fellow percussionist Scott Weatherson. A tuneful Japanese piece, The Red Shadow on the Water Ripples, which Chau says will be popular among children, will ensure the concert is a family affair: "I want to make sure there's a good mix of style and something for everyone."

Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre, 5/F, 345 Queen's Road Central, Sheung Wan, August 4, 8pm, HK$120, HK$180 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321