McDull returns to the stage with the Sinfonietta

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 9:12am


Hong Kong Sinfonietta The Hong Kong Sinfonietta McDull music project, featuring the characters created by Alice Mak Ka-bik and Brian Tse Lap-man, has been delighting fans for seven years. Now the animated piglet and his gang are back for more.

The creative duo and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta are putting on another concert, which will be as fun and wacky as ever, they promise.

"Sometimes the audience sings along to pieces like Still Got Nice Pork Belly. They already know the music from previous animated features, and they just can't help themselves. It's a real a treat for them when the McDull mascot shows up," says Mak.

As part of this year's International Arts Carnival, McDull: Sentimental Little Stories will feature six short stories. One is inspired by The Boy Who Cried Wolf from Aesop's Fables, another is a tale about McDull and his mother making a secret pledge to give up their favourite food - chicken - in return for good academic results.

The six stories will be accompanied by music from a classical repertoire - with works by Brahms, Dvorak, Elgar and Grieg. The music will be played by the Sinfonietta under the baton of music director Yip Wing-sie.

Canto-pop singer-songwriter Eman Lam Yee-man will make a guest appearance to help with the storytelling.

Mak says the McDull series, which began in 2006, has started to explore classical music appreciation. She hopes the concerts will change people's perception of classical music.

"The compositions are fun and upbeat. The melodies match the animation perfectly," says Mak. "We use classical music because of Brian's passion for it. There are also practical reasons, as there are no copyright issues with this genre. Tse has a talent for writing humorous lyrics, so the music becomes even more appealing," says Mak. Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central. July 20-21, 3pm, 7.30pm, HK$150-HK$340 Urbtix. In Cantonese. Inquiries: 2836 3336