Members of the Hong Kong Bach Choir in 1980. It was founded as an amateur group and its expat composition reflected  the social divide in Hong Kong at the time. The choir had its first Chinese chair in the 2003/4 season. Photo: SCMP
Members of the Hong Kong Bach Choir in 1980. It was founded as an amateur group and its expat composition reflected the social divide in Hong Kong at the time. The choir had its first Chinese chair in the 2003/4 season. Photo: SCMP

The Hong Kong Bach Choir at 50: diverse and well drilled, with ‘a feeling of community’, it grew from amateur expat group

  • Formed by expats, the Bach Choir began diversifying its membership in the 1990s, and becoming more professional, under the direction of Jerome Hoberman
  • It is very demanding, but you make very good friends, says the choir’s longest serving member as it prepares for a concert to mark its 50th anniversary

Members of the Hong Kong Bach Choir in 1980. It was founded as an amateur group and its expat composition reflected  the social divide in Hong Kong at the time. The choir had its first Chinese chair in the 2003/4 season. Photo: SCMP
Members of the Hong Kong Bach Choir in 1980. It was founded as an amateur group and its expat composition reflected the social divide in Hong Kong at the time. The choir had its first Chinese chair in the 2003/4 season. Photo: SCMP
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