Jockey Club Local Creative Talents Series:
Hong Kong Odyssey
Music | Hong Kong
Jockey Club Local Creative Talents Series:
Hong Kong Odyssey
Music | Hong Kong

Jockey Club Local Creative Talents Series: Hong Kong Odyssey


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A journey of music and poetry inspired by Hong Kong

Chan Hing-yan + Helen Lai + Lio Kuokman &
an ensemble of orchestra, singers, chorus and children’s choir


A special HKAF commission and production, Hong Kong Odyssey is a celebration of poetry, music and song that is inspired by Hong Kong history and culture.

This production has grown out of the intangible qualities that define the quintessential Hong Kong spirit and identity. Taking in aspects of local culture from literature, music, pop culture and poetry from the 1840s all the way to today, this spectacularly staged concert captures the remarkable story of this metropolis.

Chan Hing-yan, award-winning composer of chamber operas Heart of Coral and Datong-The Chinese Utopia, joins three emerging local composers Charles Kwong, Daniel Lo, and Phoebus Lee, in creating this work for narrators, vocalists, choir and orchestra. Their inspiration include words of local writers, poets, and also both traditional and popular songs. Renowned choreographer Helen Lai will stage the production with a feast of video effects that will visually immerse the audience into a world of Hong Kong music and poetry. More than a hundred musicians and artists take part in this concert under the baton of Lio Kuokman, former assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

“Don’t say it was a dream, / that your ears deceive you, / but have the grace to live / where the present is, / accepting with an open heart / the music that is given you now: / a final delectation, new to all ears.” David Clarke - A City Passing


Chan Hing-yan
Prologue: Mist over the Carp Gate

Phoebus Lee
The Drifting City in Billows
Under the Stars the Slumbering Dragon

Chan Hing-yan
Eileen Chang's Tram

Daniel Lo
Hong Kong in Her Nightly Gown

Phoebus Lee
Through the Ladder Street

Chan Hing-yan
The Fiery Years: Hail, the Steeds of Legend!
Lilian Lee's Tram

Daniel Lo

Charles Kwong
The fin de siècle Songs
I. Knowledge of the Night
II. A Song by Those Remained
III. To Mourn What Is Past and Gone

Chan Hing-yan
Yasi's Tram
The Ineffable Future
Lau Yee-cheung's Tram
Epilogue: A City Passing!

The instrumental piece Tram Images 1950 by Chan Hing-yan has been removed due to the programme duration.


Music Director / Composer
Chan Hing-yan

Charles Kwong, Daniel Lo, Phoebus Lee

Lio Kuokman

Helen Lai

Nina Yip

Chorus Masters               
John WinzenburgSincere Yip

Louise Kwong (soprano), Albert Lim (baritone)

Vocal Ensemble
Law Tsz Ying (soprano), Kenix Tsang (soprano), Dominique Chan (mezzo soprano), Felix Suen (tenor), Sammy Chien (baritone), Alvance Sim (baritone)

Guest Performers          
Chan Chak-lui (Naamyam), Lau Shu-tin* (Hakka Shange)

With an ensemble featuring musicians and members from
the Cantoría Hong Kong, Chinese Music Virtuosi, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and Yip's Children’s Choir

*The original cast Ms. Lee Kwan has been changed to Mr. Lau Shu-tin.

Literary Adviser
Liu Wai-tong

Lighting Designer
Billy Chan                            

Costume Designer
Edmond Wong 

Video Artist
Maurice Lai, Rex Ng, FranSo                 

Sound Designer
Ha Yan Pui


Commissioned and produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival


Poetry in Motion – Poetry Writing Workshops
17 Dec 2016

Concert / Talk
Moments of Hong Kong - Poetry Salon
10 Feb 2017

Demonstration Talk
Moments in Time
21 Feb 2017