Music of Hong Kong

Joshua WF Thomson wants to nurture Hong Kong's unique sounds

Joshua WF Thomson wants to nurture Hong Kong's unique sounds

Inside the cover of the upcoming first release on new local music label Platinum Metres, there is a message: "For every benefit brought by new technology there is a disadvantage.

Saturday, 25 August, 2012, 8:18am

We should embrace all music

There are many kinds of music: classical usually features beautiful melodies; jazz can make you tap your foot; rock leaves you upbeat. All music has its fans and its charms.

Yet nearly every popular song in Hong Kong is a ballad, it seems - Raymond Lam's songs are prime examples.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

About the size of it

It's late one night in October 2011 and deep, thudding dance beats are pouring out of the Bassment nightspot on Lyndhurst Terrace, Central.

22 Jul 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

Beating the drum for women

Examining an idea as complex as the place of women in music today, we are obliged to recall the greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, Shania Twain, Sister Sledge, Debbie Harry, Alanis Morisette, Whitney Houston and of course the ever shocking Lady Gaga.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Music lovers tune in to the language beat

They struggle for play time on the local airwaves, and finding their gigs down a narrow alley in a darkened bar is a challenge only the most dedicated fans will rise too.

27 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Free concert a fanfare for the common man

Hongkongers who have not yet celebrated the 10th anniversary of the handover may choose to remember the past and reflect on their hopes for a democratic future at a free concert being held on Saturday.

But instead of Cantopop idols or popular bands, the concert at Queen Elizabeth Stadium will feature ordinary people using songs and music to share their feelings and dreams.

23 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Home truths

AT FIRST GLANCE, it looks like a stack of aluminium takeaway containers. But take a closer look and you see that the metre-high tinfoil tower is a sleek rendering of the HSBC headquarters in Central.

4 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

In search of an identity

The controversy over the demolition of the Star Ferry pier may well be the mother of debates on a raft of contentious and emotive subjects which defy easy conclusion.

15 Jan 2007 - 12:00am


Shape of things to come

Juicy Couture is about more than just tight towelling tracksuits with 'juicy' emblazoned across the backside.

To launch the Los Angeles-based label's store at IFC Mall, New York DJ trio the MisShapes are being flown in for an invite-only party on the mall's podium four from 9.30pm tonight.

14 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Striking the right note

AN EVENING OF classical music at the Cultural Centre or the Hong Kong City Hall is often taken for granted. However, not very long ago a live classical performance in Hong Kong was a rare event.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

sound check

HMV doesn't really cut it for some music fans in Hong Kong. Mainstream melodies and Cantopop send most serious music fans diving for cover. There is, however, succour for those who need it. White Noise Records in Causeway Bay houses some of the most eclectic, experimental and alternative selections of music in Hong Kong. It may be small, but the choice is extensive.

20 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Orchestrating moves to popularise classics

The innovative ensemble and its enterprising director want audiences to note that music of the serious kind does not have to be highbrow

DESPITE BEING short of funds, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta has taken on the difficult challenge of bridging the gap between classical music and the public - which often requires both daring and creativity.

13 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Soiree hits the high notes

The Hong Kong Sinfonietta's fund-raising concert, 'Soiree of Rhapsodies', was a highbrow affair played to a full house at City Hall.

Co-chairwomen of the ladies committee, Pansy Hui and Nancy Lin, each spoke to the audience before the concert, which raised $800,000.

5 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Going Out

CLASSICAL MUSIC Mastersingers Of China Gala Concert. Today 8pm, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, $100, $150, $220, $320, Urbtix.

Seven of China's finest classical singers and local star Warren Mok team up for a handover celebration, backed by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Yen Tsung.

6 Jul 1997 - 12:00am