A Musical Trilogy of Fantasies – Princess Mononoke, Butterfly Lovers & Nodame Cantabile

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In childhood, many of us enjoyed Japanese anime and or listened to Chinese traditional stories recounted by our grandparents. As adults or kidadults a lot of us still enjoy Japanese manga and fantasy. They are art forms which recall our childhood, but also bring us to a world out of reality when we need it. Winnie Yin (印玉文), an acclaimed pipa (琵琶) musician presents, in collaboration with the HKMPO, three musical fantasies inspired by these art forms.

The concert will start with the Legend of Ashitaka, from Joe Hisaishi’s (久石譲) symphonic suite for Princess Mononoke (幽靈公主), an anime fantasy produced by Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎駿) about the struggle between the supernatural guardians of a forest and the humans who consume its resources, involving the outsider Ashitaka and San, who was raised by wolves in the forest. “Mononoke” is a general term in Japanese for a spirit or monster. The performance features the opening of the suite which appears at the end of the anime.

The Butterfly Lovers Concerto originates from a Chinese legend about the love affair between Zhu Yingtai (祝英台) who attends class in disguise as a man, and Liang Shanbo (梁山伯) who develops a strong affinity for Zhu without knowing that she is a lady. After discovering that Zhu is a lady, Liang falls in love with her and they enjoy a short joyful period before Zhu’s parents arrange for her to marry a rich man. Liang dies of a broken heart. During the journey to her wedding, Zhu leaves the procession and throws herself into Liang’s grave. Their spirits turn into a pair of butterflies who fly away together. The concerto adapts melodies from the Chinese opera and folk songs about the legend. It is such a successful Chinese concerto that it is not only taken up by Chinese violinists and soloists of Chinese instruments but also by today’s great violinists such as Gil Shaham and Maxim Vengerov. Compared with the original violin concerto, He Zhanhao’s arrangement for pipa is usually played at a faster tempo offering a perfect showcase for Yin’s impeccable technique and natural expressiveness.

In Nodame Cantabile, Tomoko Ninomiya’s popular Japanese manga about Shinichi Chiaki, a meticulous musical genius and Nodame, a messy out-of-control conservatory student who prefers playing the piano by ear rather than reading the score. Shinichi, who has secret ambitions to become a conductor, meets Nodame by accident and quickly falls in love with her. With Nodame’s encouragement, Shinichi decides to take up the baton out of Japan despite his fear of flying due to an air accident when he was a kid. He enters an exciting conductor competition in which he has to conduct Dvořák’s From the New World while spotting “the errors” among a large number of orchestra players. He wins the gold medal at the competition, launching his international career. In the symphony, one can find rhythms from the composer’s motherland Bohemia, native American music and African-American spirituals while German classical masters’ influence is discernible (e.g. Scherzo from Beethoven’s Ninth vs Scherzo of Dvořák’s). Leonard Bernstein hailed it as a truly multinational masterpiece.

Winnie Yin 印玉文 (pipa)Performers:
Winnie Yin 印玉文 (pipa)
Kevin Wong 黃史琦 (conductor)
Hong Kong Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra (HKMPO) 香港都會愛樂管弦樂團

Programme:
Joe Hisaishi: Music from Princess Mononoke
Chen Gang/He Zhanhao: Butterfly Lovers Pipa Concerto
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony no. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, op. 95

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A Musical Trilogy of Fantasies – Princess Mononoke, Butterfly Lovers & Nodame Cantabile
Hong Kong Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra
Date:
 8pm, 20 October, 2015
Venue: HK City Hall, Concert Hall
Tickets: $200, $150, $90 from Urbtix

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Eureka

Eureka - CCDC

Three Eureka Moments in One Show!
Now in their thirties, Victor Fung, Lai Tak-wai and Bruce Wong demonstrate their ideas in a series of new works. Three completely different choreographers share their eureka moment in diverse styles of contemporary dance.

If These Walls Could Talk
Identity X Relationship
Music starts. He and she fall in love at first sight.
They are a perfect match, but in a blink of the eye, someone else stands next to him.
Together, apart, death, rebirth.
Battles of the sexes, a glimpse into the complicated and ambiguous relationships between men and women – love turns to hate turns to love again and identities and feelings are bombarded over and over.

Choreography
Victor Fung: graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). He furthered his studies in choreography and completed his postgraduate studies at London Contemporary Dance School. He is currently conducting doctoral research with funding from Middlesex University and Dance4. In 2011, he established Victor Fung Dance, a platform through which his collaborative works with international dance artists are presented. He received the“Award for Young Artist” at the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in recognition of his artistic achievement in dance. Recent performance credits include the Hollywood production 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves and Aida at Royal Albert Hall, his choreography for CCDC includes Fighter in Strip Teaser 2012.

Overwhelming
Humanity X Turbulence
Listen to your body through dance. Walk to the chaotic edge of the maze in your heart. Dancers reshape the form of ideas and inspirations, unveiling the humanity lurking under appearance. When we are going through pains and changes in the mist, should we follow the main road or find our own track?

Choreography
Lai Tak-wai: graduated from HKAPA majoring in modern dance. In 2002, he was awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Dance Fund Scholarship to further his studies at the National Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Paris. He then joined the Junior Ballet Contemporain in Paris for the 2002/03 season. Lai was a full-time dancer at Cloud Gate Dance Theatre in 2005 and was at CCDC from 2008 to 2014. At the 2013 Hong Kong Dance Awards he received the “Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer” award for his performance in In Search of the Grand View Garden. He is currently an independent choreographer and freelance dancer. His choreography includes Sleepless, Substitute and Timeline in It’s My Turn.

How to Become…
Kung Fu X Id
Practice is the pursuit of enlightenment – comprehension, realisation and full understanding. Martial arts and dance are pursuits of physical and mental advancement. In a cross-over between kung-fu and dance, Bruce Wong shares his pursuit of the inner-self with the audience. Wong has won champions in the martial arts champion Baguazhang and Neijia Quan at the Hong Kong Open Wushu Championships. This is his search to find a way to cleanse one’s soul.

Choreography
Bruce Wong: CCDC dancer Bruce Wong entered HKAPA in 1995, where he was awarded several scholarships and was chosen to represent the Academy on overseas tours during his studies. In 1998, he was awarded an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to participate in the American Dance Festival in the US. He received the Hong Kong Jockey Club Dance Fund Scholarship to attend Hollins University in the US for a Master’s degree. In 2010, he was one of the few dance finalists worldwide to be selected for the prestigious Rolex Mentor & Protege Arts Initiative. His recent choreography includes The Legend and The Hero, Dress Me Down in Strip Teaser 2012 and Re/dis-connect in It’s My Turn.

Eureka
City Contemporary Dance Company
When: 18-20 September, 2015
Where: 
HK Cultural Centre, Studio Theatre
Tickets: $220, $160 from Urbtix
More info:
18-19 September – 8pm
19-20 September – 3pm

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HK Tap Festival 2015

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Hong Kong Tap Festival 2015
18-26 September 2015
Honorary Advisor: Mandy Petty

RONxll (Hisao Ogatsu), who is regarded as one of the greatest tappers in Japan, is the Hong Kong Tap festival’s featured guest tapper. RONxll style is characterised by his great skill and dexterity. He has performed on many stages and in various movies, including his role as the choreographer and dancer in Zatoichi, directed by the well-known Japanese director Takeshi Kitano. In the movie RONxll astonishes the audience with a unique style of tap dancing wearing traditional Japanese wooden clogs. He’s also performed and participated in numerous tap shows and tap festivals, including Noise & Funk, a Broadway musical directed and choreographed by the tap master Savion Glover; Human Rhythm Project of Chicago Tap Festival; REVO TRAP Live at Hyogo Performing Arts Center; Tap Together of Taipei Tap Festival.

The Hong Kong Tap Festival 2015 (HKTF 2015) also presents guest workshop for tap dance lovers to join. There will be 15 classes in 3 consecutive days at CCDC Dance Centre, taught by three Japanese tap masters. Students can learn from the Festival’s featured guests, taking glimpses into their dancing and teaching. Aspire to enhance your understanding and knowledge of the global trend in tap dance? It’s something you shouldn’t miss!

ronGala Performances: Beat Me Tap
Venue: Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre
Date and time:
25/09/2015 (Fri) 8pm#
26/09//2015 (Sat) 3pm
26/09/2015 (Sat) 8pm
Ticket Price : $180, $140*

#Meet-the-artist session on 25 Sept.
*Discount tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder and full-time students.

Guest Tappers/Choreographers:
RONxII (Hisao Ogatsu) (JP)
PORI (Yuta Hori) (JP)
ton (Tomomi Kodota) (JP)
Dance Works (TW)
Hou-jiung “Little Eyes” Chen (TW)

Local Tappers/Choreographers:
Ken Kwok, Eve Leung, Tan- ki Wong, Calvin Tang, Marix Ho, To Chan, Rex Chiu, The Autistic Genius, Ani Wan, Vanessa Lee

Presented by: R&T (Rhythm & Tempo)
Artistic Director: Ken Kwok
Producer: Chi-wing Wong
Live Band: Patrick Lui
Technical Director: Benny Shaw
Deputy Stage Manager: Adonic Lo
Assistant Stage Manager: Gary Cheung
Sound Designer: CanDog
Lighting Designer: Adonic Lo
Graphic Designer: Wing-suet Lo
Video: C.PRODUCTION HOUSE
Ticketing: Man-yan Ho

Tickets are NOW available at URBTIX
Programme Enquiries: 6804 6297
Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661 (10am-8pm Daily)
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Mobile Ticketing App Booking: My URBTIX(Android and iPhone/iPad Versions)

*Participants of age 6 or above are welcome.
*The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
*For information of other HKTF 2015 events including guest workshops, sharing session and Fun Tap Jam, please check out our other promotional materials.
www.facebook.com/HKTAPFEST
www.RNTTAP.com

香港踢躂節2015
18-26/09/2015
榮譽顧問敏迪貝蒂

大匯演<拍・我・踢躂
地點: 西灣河文娛中心劇院
日期及時間:
25/09/2015 (Fri) 8pm#
26/09//2015 (Sat) 3pm
26/09/2015 (Sat) 8pm
票價 $180, $140*

#925日演出後設有演後藝人談。
*設有六十歲或以上高齡人士、殘疾人士及看護人、全日制學生票半價優惠。

嘉賓舞者
RONxII (小勝久生 Hisao Ogatsu) (日本)
PORI (堀雄太 Yuta Hori) (日本)
ton (門田巴魅Tomomi Kodota) (日本)
舞工廠舞團 (台灣)
陳厚均(小眼睛) (台灣)
本地編創舞者:
郭偉傑、梁美嘉、王丹琦、鄧偉豐、何威智、陳濤、趙浩然、結界達人、尹巧茵、李佳齡

主辦: R&T (Rhythm & Tempo)
藝術總監:郭偉傑
監製: 黃志榮
現場音樂:雷柏熹
技術總監:邵少威
執行舞台監督:羅兆鏵
助理舞台監督:張繼業
音響:夏恩蓓
燈光設計羅兆鏵
平面設計羅永雪
錄像: C.PRODUCTION HOUSE
票務 賀文

門票現正在城市售票網發售。
節目查詢 6804 6297
票務查詢 3761 6661 (10am-8pm每日Daily)
信用卡電話購票 2111 5999
網上購票 www.urbtix.hk
流動購票應用程式購票: My URBTIX(Android and iPhone/iPad Versions)

*適合6歲或以上人士參與。
*如遇特殊情況,主辦機構保留更換節目及表演者的權利。
*其他有關香港踢躂節2015的活動如大師工作坊、分享會及即興踢躂匯,請留意我們其他的宣傳刊物。
www.facebook.com/HKTAPFEST
www.RNTTAP.com

HK Tap Festival 2015 Gala Performances
Date: 25-26 September, 2015
Venue: Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, Theatre
Tickets: $180 from Urbtix
More info:
25.09.2015 (Fri) 8pm
26.09.2015 (Sat
) 8pm, 3pm

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A Russian Sacred Feast @ HK Cultural Centre – 7 June, 2015

A Russian Sacred Feast

Sergei Rachmaninoff is among the most popular composers of “classical music,” his works beloved for their intensely romantic melodies and rich harmonies. Some of his tunes have even been adapted for popular songs (“All by Myself,” “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again,” etc.). In Hong Kong he is best known for his piano music, especially two of his four concertos, but he also wrote outstanding symphonies and operas, as well as two major extended, unaccompanied choral works that reflect his deep Russian Orthodox piety: the Liturgy of St. John Chrisostom (1910) and the All-Night Vigil (also known as the Vespers), completed five years later.

Orthodox Christian practice forbids the use of instruments (other than bells) in church music, limiting its sound to that of the human voice. Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil finds its roots not only in traditional Russian sacred chant, but also in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s pioneering, elaborate choral setting of the same service. The Hong Kong Bach Choir, which in January 2005 sang a single movement from this magnificent work in a program of Vespers selections, here offers a more extended selection, chosen for the beauty and variety of the individual pieces.

As with Rachmaninoff, the theme of Orthodox Christianity plays a prominent role in the music of Rodion Shchedrin, perhaps the most illustrious living Russian composer (the Carmen Ballet, Anna Karenina – also a ballet – the opera Dead Souls, and five Concertos for Orchestra, among many others). But while his choral masterpiece The Sealed Angel (1988) incorporates sacred Orthodox texts, in the Church Slavonic language, it blends them with themes from Nikolai Leskov’s eponymous story. As the composer wrote, “The religious feeling runs through Leskov’s story. As though golden spangles of initial lines of Orthodox liturgical chants sung by Leskov’s Old Believers in hard times are scattered here and there.” In the end, the work is a modern Russian secular liturgy based on canonical Orthodox texts, and results in music of surpassing sensual beauty.

Programme
Sergei Rachmaninov: Selections from All Night Vigil, Op. 37
Rodion Shchedrin: The Sealed Angel

Performers
The Hong Kong Bach Choir
Featuring Soloist: Megan Sterling, Principal Flute of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director & Conductor: Jerome Hoberman

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A Russian Sacred Feast
Hong Kong Bach Choir
Date: 8pm 7 June, 2015
Venue: HK Cultural Centre, Concert Hall
Tickets: $240, $160, $80 from URBTIX
More info:
10% off: Members of the Law Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
15% off: Friends of the Hong Kong Bach Choir
50% off: Full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and the minder, and CSSA recipients

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This Week at The AIA Great European Carnival

This Week at The AIA Great European Carnival - Choi Sun

Say Goodbye this week to The AIA Great European Carnival and Hello to the Year of the Goat!

There’s an action packed final week of fun and fireworks at The AIA Great European Carnival which will be open until 2am on New Year’s Eve Wednesday 18th February, with tickets only available at the gate.

Choi Sun will be making daily appearances at the Cherry Blossom Tree from Wednesday to Sunday, so be sure to bring some good luck for the year and get a photo of yourself with the God of Wealth.

There will Lion Dances daily from the 19th to the 22nd February. Times are 5pm on Thursday, 4pm on Friday, and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The Smurfs will be meeting their fans live on the main stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

And of course the carnival is one of the best vantage points in Hong Kong from which to watch the fireworks at 8pm on Friday evening.

So come on down, see out the old year, welcome in the new year, and say goodbye to the carnival until next winter!​

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This Week at The AIA Great European Carnival

Come down to the AIA Great European Carnival and see Ryan Higa in person, interviewed by Dom Lau from Asia Pop 40, at 4pm this Friday 13th February, on the main stage!
Come down to the AIA Great European Carnival and see Ryan Higa in person, interviewed by Dom Lau from Asia Pop 40, at 4pm this Friday 13th February, on the main stage!

Community Programs are Winners at The AIA Great European Carnival

The AIA Great European Carnival will continue to thrill and entertain people all walks of life within the Hong Kong community up until February 22.

A range of community outreach programs have been taking place on weekdays which have enabled participation from a range of local and international schools, underprivileged children and charitable organisations in Hong Kong. These groups not only had the opportunity to enjoy the fun of the Carnival, but were offered a range of unique educational experiences and behind the scenes tours.

Several prominent Hong Kong-based charities – including the Mother’s Choice, Project WeCan, ShelterBox, Po Leung Kuk and the Nesbitt Centre – have held special events and open days for their clients, volunteers and supporters. During these days guests were given special one-on-one time with the Carnival’s colourful array of street performers. Others used the Live Stage for public dance and drama performances.

As title sponsor of the AIA Great European Carnival, AIA also facilitated days on which their Hong Kong staff accompanied students from Po Leung Kuk schools on daytime visits to the Carnival.

As part of the Carnival’s community programs, school groups have been invited to visit the Carnival and choose from a range of packaged excursions specially designed for Primary and Secondary school students.

We established the schools programs as we discovered there was a lot to learn from all the different components of the Carnival and thought that it would enable unique experiences for younger students and provide interesting case studies especially for older students,” said Alex Gibbs, Director of Community Programs. “Our ‘Business Behind the Carnival’ tours and the ‘Physics, Design and Engineering of Rides’ have been very popular and we will develop these programs even more in the future.”

Led by some of the carnival’s colourful array of street performers, Primary students choose between activities involving arts and crafts such as make their own juggling balls, or learning the art of balloon twisting, juggling or African drumming.

For the Secondary students, specific assignments are given including a physics program, where pupils work out the mechanics of some of the Carnival’s thrill-making rides, guided by some of the Carnival’s chief engineers. Another choice revolves around business studies, where students get behind- the- scenes tours of the Carnival and explore the wide range of components, people, skills and coordination required to run an event of this magnitude.

There is an enormous range of interesting facts and figures that are certain to excite young minds, and it’s not all hard work. Following the completion of their assignments, students are given some free time to go on a ride and play skill games and sample the refreshments which are also available,” added Alex Gibbs. “The AIA Great European Carnival has been described by so many visitors as an awesome experience, and sponsors and organisers have been absolutely thrilled with the enthusiastic support received from Hong Kong residents and visitors alike”.

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This Week at The AIA Great European Carnival

vs indie music festival

The VS Music Indie Festival will take place at the AIA Great European Carnival on Saturday 7 February and Sunday 8 February from 4pm until late. Sponsored by VS Music, the Indie music festival will feature up and coming performers from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Included in the line-up is Hey Rachel, Merry Go Round, Tri-dueces, Jabin Law, and Gravity Altestra.

A number of charitable organisations have enjoyed the carnival in recent weeks. Mother’s Choice, Po Leung Kuk and Shelterbox have held days inviting their members to enjoy the different experiences at the Carnival. The ShelterBox held a concert last Saturday featuring bands from Hong Kong such as Shepherds the Weak and Shotgun Politics as well as New Zealand group The Bollands.

Carnival organisers, along with title sponsor AIA have made the community programs and accessibility to underprivileged a feature of their event. “It’s recognised that not all members of the Hong Kong community can access the carnival so easily, so we have created unique and bespoke programs to enable both those less fortunate and those in need, to enjoy a great day out,” said Alex Gibbs, Director of Community Programs. On Tuesday, the Nesbitt Centre will have a day at the carnival and will also perform on the Live Stage at around 2pm.

If you are interested in having your school or charity participate in one of the programs please email Alex at [email protected]

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This Week @ The AIA Great European Carnival

The AIA Great European Carnival

Star Performances, Live Entertainment and Community Events

The AIA Great European Carnival have announced an exciting schedule of entertainment, community engagement activities, and special guest performances that will take place over the coming weeks until the Carnival closes on February 22. The Carnival’s Live Stage will be the venue for many of the appearances which will range from professional, to youth group and school performances.

Our aim has been to make the carnival and the Live Stage venue accessible to the entire Hong Kong Community, and in partnership with our Title Sponsor AIA, we are proud to provide an additional element of fun and entertainment to our event,” said Michael Denmark, CEO of The Great European Carnival.

Many different groups have been given the opportunity to showcase their talents and we will witness a wide variety of entertainment from theatrical to dance and drama, Rock, Jazz and Folk. We want to see both seasoned performers as well as the stars of tomorrow. With performances in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, there is something for everyone in the Hong Kong public to enjoy,” added Mr Denmark.

A preview of some of the Performances:

Puss In Boots – Presented by The Hong Kong Players
The Hong Kong Players perform a traditional Christmas pantomime every year and have done so in Hong Kong for more than 50 years. Last year’s pantomime was Puss in Boots. The show’s setting is London: The once great city is in a sorry state: the bumbling Mayor Boris can’t keep control and the evil Queen of the Rats and her vermin followers are taking control. The only hope comes from an ancient prophesy says that when London is at it’s lowest ebb, an innocent stranger will arrive in town and save the day. His arrival will be signalled by the tolling of the bells. It’s up to our hero Puss in Boots to find this stranger and save London. Puss is joined in the fight to save the city by the very beautiful Alice, and the unstoppable great Dame, Sherry Trifle. Will Puss and Alice find the new mayor in time? Will Dame Trifle’s soufflé rise? Will the good guys triumph over the evil rats?

Puss in Boots
When: 2pm, 31 January, 2015; 4pm, 6pm, 1 February, 2015
Where: The Community Stage
How much: Free

Shelter Skelter – Presented by Shelterbox Charity
Taking place on January 31 from 4pm onwards, the Shelter Skelter is a line-up of some of Hong Kong’s best rock bands, brought together by ShelterBox, a Hong Kong Based charity that provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. Bands include The Bollands, Thinking Outloud, Shotgun Politics, LOGO, Sheperds the Weak, and the After Party. The aim of the day is to enjoy some of the best local music Hong Kong has to offer and raise awareness for this wonderful charity.

Shelter Skelter
When: 4pm, 31 January, 2015
Where: The Community Stage
How much: Free

VS Music Indie Festival
The VS Music Indie Festival will take place on Saturday 7 February and Sunday 8 February from 4pm until late. Sponsored by VS Music, the Indie music festival will feature up and coming performers from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Included in the line-up is Hey Rachel, Merry Go Round, Tri-dueces, Jabin Law, and Gravity Altestra.

VS Music Indie Festival
When: 7-8 February, 2015
Where: The Community Stage
How much: Free

Youth Performance Groups
Hong Kong youngsters are also given the opportunity to shine on the Carnival’s live stage with a number of song and dance performance groups treading the boards during the matinee shows (between 12noon-3pm) on the weekends. Confirmed already are

31 January – Twinkle Dance Company
1 February – Isla School of Dance
7 February – Island Dance
15 February – The Island Glee Club

The Welsh Male Voice Choir
The Welsh Male Voice choir will sing a selection of Valentine’s themed songs on Sunday the 15th of February at 6pm. The choir was started in 1978 by a small group of expatriates in Hong Kong and now includes some 70 members from a dozen different nations. Over the years they have performed on conventional and unconventional stages at home and overseas. An entirely amateur group, many of their performances are for charity.

The Welsh Male Voice Choir
When: 6pm, 15 February, 2015
Where: The Community Stage
How much: Free

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