Musicians do HK proud

Harmonica players from Hong Kong won a lot of gold medals to help the city top the rankings at an international competition in Trossingen, Germany.

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009, 12:00am

Arts lovers cry 'Vive la France'

There's good news for arts lovers: this year's Le French May Arts Festival once again features exciting, high-quality art events from France. Organised by the French Consulate, the festival covers a range of artistic genres, from classical and modern music and dance to theatre, cinema and food. Visit www.frenchmay.com for details.

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Blowing into town

Black shirt and jeans, studded leather belt and chunky rings on his fingers, Nicky Shane steps up to the stage looking like the rocker that he is. But instead of stretching for a guitar, he reaches for his belt like a gunslinger and whips out a harmonica. Holding the instrument with one hand, he plays it hard and fast.

12 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong blows the competition away

Young musicians from Hong Kong performed brilliantly to win a total of 20 prizes at the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival earlier this month.

The 152 youth harmonica players took part in the international music festival from November 1 to 3 in Hangzhou . They won nine first prizes, four first runner-up prizes and six second runner-up prizes, as well as a special prize.

17 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Date with Harmonica Virtuosi

Harmonica soloists Willi Burger from Italy (above left) and Yasuo Watani from

Japan (right) perform works by Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Schumann, Piazzolla and Arnold. Today, 8pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$100-HK$180 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321

17 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Henry Chung and the HK Blues Allstars

HK Live!, Fringe Club July 7, 10pm

Hong Kong-born (and now based) Henry Chung discovered the blues on Eric Clapton's Unplugged album, which he heard at 15, when he was at school in the US.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Lamb set to blow a blues storm

There weren't many hardcore blues musicians gracing the pop charts during the 1990s - or since then, for that matter - but Paul Lamb somehow managed the trick.

26 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

The Music

The Music

5th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival

1 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Harmonica Recital

Harmonica Recital

Ho Kit-fun performs virtuoso pieces transcribed for harmonica by himself, including Una Furtive Lagrima (from L'Elisir d'Amore), The Swan and Carmen Fantasy. The programme also includes Concerto for Harmonica and Romance for Harmonica. Accompanied by Hui Ling on piano. Today, 8pm. Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. $80, $120 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321

27 Mar 2004 - 12:00am


Harmonica heroes

Two musicians blowing hot at the moment are harmonica players Allan Ho and Mark Chan. The duo struck gold at the mouth organ 'Olympics' last October by snatching first prize in the open category (duo) at the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany. Ho also finished in the top six of two solo categories at the quadrennial competition.

12 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Winning harmony

They are a quintet, yet they play music written for string quartets. And that is not the only unusual thing about the local ensemble which will be blowing up a storm next Thursday night at City Hall.

16 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Grand old man's got the blues

Touring musicians work to tight schedules, and Chicago blues harmonica virtuoso Carey Bell had hit the ground running the night before our lunch date at California.

Bell, accompanied by his long-serving guitarist Steve Jacobs, had flown in late on Monday and risen early to head straight for an interview.

24 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

King's Harmonica Quintet

King's Harmonica Quintet, 10th Anniversary Concert, City Hall, December 12 The King's Harmonica Quintet became the world champions at the 1997 World Harmonica Competition in Germany in October.

Fresh from this outstanding success, they returned to Hong Kong to give a 10th anniversary concert.

15 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Steamy night of blues

Living legends of the blues carry a certain burden of expectation and Carey Bell's load is heavier than most. He is without a doubt one of the finest blues harmonica players in the world and a packed house at the Jazz Club was eagerly anticipating something special.

Bell and his band did not disappoint. This was Chicago blues at its growling, gritty best.

18 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

A popular instrument that's been on everyone's lips lately

HARMONICAS in all their classical glory are definitely the rage this month. Hong Kong's prize-winning Harmonica Quintet have only just laid down their instruments and now American virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio has arrived to play with the Hong Kong Philharmonic tomorrow and Saturday.

He follows in the footsteps of legends such as Larry Adler and John Sebastien.

15 Feb 1996 - 12:00am