Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Sinfonietta musical director performs creative and financial balancing act

Yip Wing-sie. Photo: Jonathan Wong

When Yip Wing-sie took to the podium to open the Hong Kong Sinfonietta's 2013-14 season, it was the 12th time she had lifted the wraps on a new package of classical programmes since the start of her association with the ensemble.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 10:21am

Review: Sinfonietta ensemble

Stefan Temmingh

The Sinfonietta's associate conductor Jason Lai directed this disparate but enjoyable four-item programme, except during Vivaldi's Recorder Concerto, when soloist Stefan Temmingh held sway - literally.

21 May 2013 - 10:13am

Message behind piglet McDull's Christmas twist on toilet humour

Excrete Man and McDull take to the stage at the annual concert.

Each McDull production contains surprises. To link Christmas celebrations with excretion may go too far for some, but laughter and applause affirm the underlying message.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:09am 1 comment

Review of Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Big Nightmare Music programme

Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Joo Hyung-ki will perform with the HK Sinfonietta on Oct 19-21 in the HK City Hall. Photo: Julia Wesely

Hong Kong SinfoniettaBIG Nightmare MusicHK City Hall Concert HallOctober 19

In one memorable scene in the 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, the villain's underwater base, Atlantis, slowly emerges from the sea to the second movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 in C major.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:42am

Who said it?

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei

We will keep trying ... This price is large, but if I don't bear this, it will be a loss to society

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei, vowing to continue his battle against Beijing's tax charges


After 10 years of intensive development, it is the right time for us to show to overseas audience the progress we have made

27 Sep 2012 - 2:47am

Hong Kong Sinfonietta set for maiden tour of North America

Soloist Loo Sze-wang on the sheng. Photo: HK Sinfonietta

Hong Kong's home-grown orchestra embarks on its maiden tour of North America, an endeavour intended to show through music that there's more to the city than its status as a financial hub.

27 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Andrea Fessler gave up a legal career to bring chamber music to Hong Kong

Andrea Fessler (above) has brought top-notch classical musicians such as violist Maxim Rysanov (left) to Hong Kong.Photo: Edmond So

It's been five years since Andrea Fessler listened to her instincts and took a leap in the dark. Then a corporate lawyer with no formal musical training but with a love of music, she noted the dearth of top-flight, international chamber music recitals in this city and resolved to fill the void.

17 Sep 2012 - 9:25am

Hall of fame

This City Hall will bring light and pleasure to the people of Hong Kong, to the enrichment of their lives and the lives of their children.' With these words, Sir Robert Black, then governor of Hong Kong, raised the curtain on Hong Kong's first world-class concert hall half a century ago on March 2, 1962.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Culture central

1869 On November 2, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, opens a two-storey City Hall on Queen's Road Central. It houses a library, a museum, a suite of assembly rooms and a 569-seat theatre, all built by private subscriptions.

1933 The government promises to earmark a new site for City Hall after demolishing a large part of the old hall to make way for bank buildings.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Orchestrating a career in music

Would a trendy and successful intellectual-property lawyer ever change her job and join a not-for-profit organisation with considerably lower salary and a lot of worry? Quite unlikely, but this is exactly what Margaret Yang did.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Little chance to bloom

Hong Kong has been cultivating home-grown professional performing arts groups since the 1970s, but the city's orchestras and dance troupes are still far too under-staffed by local talent, according to its cultural managers.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Shortage of talent threatens arts hub

Hong Kong's ambition to become Asia's arts hub could be hamstrung by a lack of home-grown talent.

The city's arts institutes are scrambling to meet the increased demand for performers expected when the West Kowloon Cultural District opens its venues from 2015.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Music's golden calling

Recently, several jobs have been advertised in the arts administration field. But, while the job descriptions are often similar to equivalent positions within a corporation, slight differences mean that the posts are challenging to fill.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Sinfonietta Residency

Hong Kong Sinfonietta Residency ArtisTree Reviewed: Nov 9 and 12

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Viennese players bring crowds to Victoria Harbour

Yip Wing-sie, music director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, recalls her breathtaking experience as the only Hongkonger to conduct at the prestigious Golden Hall in Vienna.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am