Valuable lessons for hearing-impaired students

Evelyn Glennie has been deaf since the age of 12 and still became a successful musician. Photo: James Callaghan

Sitting in the audience, nine-year-old Locke was mesmerised as  the mallets and drum sticks wielded by Evelyn Glennie seemingly disappear in a rhythmic blur.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 10:15am

First lady Peng Liyuan drums up more fans with winning way in Trinidad

Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, plays a steel drum after watching an artistic show by local performers at the national performing arts centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Photo: Xinhua

After a steel band played the patriotic Chinese songs In the Fields of Hope and My Wonderful Hometown, two of Peng's signature songs, the first lady walked over to the band and played along with them on one of their steel drums.

3 Jun 2013 - 12:27pm 2 comments

Musician turned jewellery designer Anna Hu creates pitch-perfect pieces

Anna Wu. Photo: SCMP

Anna Hu made history last year when she became the first Asian jeweller to be featured in a solo exhibition at the Louvre's Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.

24 May 2013 - 1:12pm

Video: Ai Weiwei releases heavy metal song about his incarceration

Screenshot from the music video.

Ai Weiwei, China's most renowned dissident artist, has released a new heavy metal song as the first part of his The Divine Comedy music album on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Spotify launches in Hong Kong

Spotify launches in Hong Kong

It's been a long wait, but Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service, finally landed in Hong Kong last month. The music service which lets subscribers stream music for free already has 24 million users around the world - six million of whom are now paying customers.

17 May 2013 - 4:56am

Talking points

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah

Financial secretary meets filibuster lawmakers

10 May 2013 - 4:43am

Arts review: Kraftwerk, Hong Kong Eye

The music world has been seeing an awful lot of Kraftwerk lately. Photo: SCMP

For a band whose reputation was built around reclusiveness, the music world has been seeing an awful lot of Kraftwerk lately.

7 May 2013 - 11:25am

Dream work: the Buddha Machine

Photo: Namy Nosratifard

On a sunny spring afternoon, Christiaan Virant of the Beijing duo FM3 stopped to have a coffee in Causeway Bay. He was in Hong Kong to source new rubber cases for the next Buddha Machine, a small device that plays music loops taken from FM3 songs.

5 May 2013 - 3:27pm

Their own worst critics


Apast interview with British band Foals contained admissions of teenage problems with authority, wild mood swings and the pressures of fame.

5 May 2013 - 3:46pm

Kids get up close with orchestra

Children try out a djembe drum at the HKPO "musical petting zoo" after the Baroque for Family concert earlier this month. Photo: Keith Hiro

If your child enjoys music, getting up close to an orchestra and meeting players is likely to be an eye-opening experience.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:44am

Vinyl records back in the groove

Paul Au at his Shum Shui Po shop. "The records are my family." Photo: K.Y. Cheng

19 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Apple said to be planning launch of music streaming services

Apple said to be eyeing music streaming services. Photo: Reuters

Apple is reportedly planning the launch of a music streaming service that could challenge the likes of Spotify and Pandora.

14 Apr 2013 - 8:09am

Reviews: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic

Eternal Love

Rarely does one find a Chinese classical concert on the theme of love without the overplayed Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto. The four works performed at last weekend's Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra concert came from a list of some 2,000 works it commissioned and premiered.

9 Apr 2013 - 9:31am

Vice-principal puts music at core of learning in primary school

The primary school's handbell programme was started by Kenyon Law to give students confidence. Photo: Dickson Lee

Nobody would have thought the accidental poster boy for students with lacklustre grades would go on to become a head of a school. Yet vice-principal Kenyon Law Kin-yeung managed to get here.

8 Apr 2013 - 9:49am 1 comment

The Verbier music festival teaches young musicians to express thermselves

The Verbier music festival teaches young musicians to express thermselves

Every summer, the Verbier Festival, a classical music festival at the Swiss ski resort of the same name, runs a three-week immersion programme for young musicians. It gives promising players a chance to rub shoulders with world-class performers, and to be mentored by masters. Competition to attend is stiff. Typically 300 students vie for the 30 slots available each year.

26 Mar 2013 - 10:05am