EVENT Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award
WHERE InterContinental Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
HAPPENINGS: There was no lack of impressive music performances at this year's award ceremony as the awardee, Yip Wai-hong, has been a long-time patron of music education. Not only that, his daughters Sincere and Wing-sie - music director of Hong Kong Sinfonietta - have both carved out successful music careers.
Having been in the trade for more than 40 years, Yip is often dubbed the "godfather of Hong Kong's Children's Choir". A starry line-up of guests, many of whom were Yip's former students, congratulated him. In recognition of Yip's outstanding achievements, Montblanc's CEO Lutz Bethge presented him with the award trophy and a limited-edition fountain pen crafted especially for him. Present and alumni members of Yip's Children's Choir paid tribute to Yip with a special show, followed by a solo piano performance by Yip's youngest daughter, Nina.
Yip has three musicians in the family ? what's his secret? Must be in the DNA.
CHIC CHAT with Yip Wai-hong
What does the award mean to you?
I feel honoured. The award recognises my past work. It’s a great encouragement.
Was it a really satisfying moment to see your students perform on stage tonight?
Yes indeed. I believe music can inspire them in many different aspects.
Why do you think it’s important for children to learn and enjoy music?
Playing music is great exercise for the brain. Not only do I want children to learn [to play] music, I also hope to educate them through music.
What do you think of the so-called “tiger mums” who force their children to learn to play music?
Not everyone can become a musician. Many of our alumni grew up to become doctors and lawyers. But once they learn about music, they won’t feel lonely in their lifelong journey.