43rd Orchestral Season

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Music From the Heart II (Cancelled)

Celebrating 20 Years of the Series

Date and Time
28/3/2020 (Sat) 8:00 pm
HKCO Recital Hall
Ticket Fee
Chew Hee Chiat

A convergence of creative power and forging ahead towards a new realm in music! 

This is the 21st edition of the ‘Music from the Heart’ project organized by the Orchestra which calls for new musical compositions every year. Through public invitations for new compositions, their performance and discussion, the HKCO has provided a creative and performing platform for new composers while injecting an innovative spirit and vitality into Chinese music. This year, ‘Music from the Heart II’ will continue to be open to composers in the Greater Bay area for participation and exchange. The audience will also be able to vote for their favourite pieces on the spot and witness the birth of a bright new star!

Cancellation of ‘Music from the Heart II’ Concert

In view of the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus, for the health and safety of our participating artists, audiences and colleagues, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra announces that its ‘Music from the Heart’ concert scheduled to be held on 28 March 2020 has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience caused. For ticket refund details, please visit https://bit.ly/38o5Dzj. (Stay tuned for online series of "Music from the Heart 20 Years" starting on 28 Mar)

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Tranquility  Wong Ching-yin 

Chamber Ensemble Mirage Matthew Lam

I Dreamt I Saw a Sunken Sea     Wu Kwan-yu

Night Thoughts    Leung Hong Yu

Renovated Tradition – Mysterious Rain, Dance  Austin Leung

Epiphyllum Tam Yat-sing
Music from the Heart II Invitation for Original Compositions


Music compositions form the cornerstone of music history, and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra has been playing an active role in its making since 1999 through Music from the Heart, an open platform that invites original works from talented composers, followed by performance and discussions. Many talents have been discovered and they have been active on the music scene and garnered international awards since. 

To continue with the momentum, and to enhance sharing and exchange among composers within the region, the Invitation exercise has been already extended to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area* since 2019. Entries that have not been previously published will be given priority evaluation.

Organizer: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Requirements: Ensemble music

  • The submitted work should be for Chinese ensemble of not more than 38 pieces, and the duration should be within 10 minutes.

(For the 38-piece setup, please refer to the attached orchestra Instrumentation; and for the tonal range of instruments for the Chinese orchestra, please refer to Standard Orchestra Instrument Range Chart and Page Format of the Full Score Configuration of the Orchestra)

Submission deadline:

  • All submissions should be sent by mail to reach the office of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra not later than 31 January 2020 (by postmark date). 
  • Please mark on the envelope ‘Music from the Heart II – Invitation for Original Compositions’
  • Each submission should include one full score, the Application Form duly filled in, the composer’s resume, brief introduction of the entry, a DEMO of the entry work, and a digital score stored in ‘Finale’(or ‘Sibelius’) and PDF formats.


  • Selected works will be performed by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in the 'Music from the Heart II' concert held on 28 March 2020
  • A nominal royalty fee of HK$5,000 will be paid for the work selected and performed, and the composer of the said work may continue to be commissioned for arranging or writing new works by the Orchestra in the future.

How to apply:

  • The Application Form may be downloaded here. For enquiries, please call (+852)3185 1680.

* This open invitation is for holders of a valid Hong Kong Identity Card and for residents and employees in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area only. Please submit documents of proof together with the Application Form when applying.