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The Hong Kong Young Chinese Orchestra 

The Hong Kong Young Chinese Orchestra was set up by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra with the purpose of inheriting the culture of Chinese music. Its members are young talented players from Hong Kong aged between 10 and 35. They are trained not only in musicianship and performing techniques but also in discipline and team spirit. The Orchestra is currently having 86 members, constituting a complete structure of a full-scale Chinese orchestra.

The members learn through stringent weekly practices, working closely with the other members and understanding the importance of playing music as part of an orchestra. They also have the opportunity to be trained by the conductors and seasoned instructors of the HKCO to improve their performing skills and musicianship, so as to establish a solid base in music. The Orchestra’s incumbent conductor is Rupert Woo Pak Tuen, winner of the Outstanding Young Conductor in Hong Kong Award of the Second International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music (2014).

Besides regular rehearsals, members of the Orchestra also participate in performances and exchanges both in Hong Kong and overseas to broaden their horizon, share the joy of music with others, and expand their performance experience. Local performances include the ‘Flying Dragons and Leaping Tigers to celebrate the Hong Kong SAR’s 25th Anniversary’ concert in 2022, the ‘Preservation and Perpetuation of the Classics’ concert in 2022 and 2021, the ‘Chinese Music Fun! Fun! Fun!’ gala and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Chinese Music 360 Community Performance organised by the HKCO. In 2019, the Orchestra performed in ‘Let's Fun@HKCC’ fun day commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the ‘Haw Par Jolly Music Day’. During 2018-19, the Orchestra was invited to participate in Hong Kong Children’s Choir 50th Anniversary ‘HKCC & Friends’ Concert. In 2018, the Orchestra performed at the Sha Tin Festival’s ‘Melodious Erhu Showcase’ and the Hong Kong International Youth Chinese Music Festival. Overseas performances include exchanges and tours in the Greater Bay Area in 2019, as well as ‘Macao International Youth Music Week’ in 2018, where the Orchestra visited Macao, Shenzhen and Panyu and exchanged their music experiences with the local students.

* The Tung Foundation and Bank of China (Hong Kong) are major sponsors of the Hong Kong Young Chinese Orchestra.

Rupert Woo Pak Tuen

Assistant Conductor of the HKCO and Resident Conductor of
the Hong Kong Young Chinese Orchestra

Graduated in 2012, Rupert Woo was the first Master in Conducting of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). In the Second International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music, Rupert won Second Prize as well as the Outstanding Young Conductor in Hong Kong Award and the Audience Award for the Most Popular Conductor. He guest-conducted the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO), the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Henan National Music Orchestra, the Academy Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Symphony Orchestra of HKAPA, Fanyin Chamber Orchestra of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble etc.

Previously, Wo served as a freelance Instructor in Conducting at the Department of Traditional Chinese Musical Instruments of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Resident Conductor of the Conservatory’s Chinese orchestra, and instructor on its postgraduate programme; Wo was a part-time lecturer and conductor in the School of Music of HKAPA, instructor on conducting and erhu at the Chinese orchestra on the Academy’s Junior Music Programme, Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Juvenile & Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra, and also conductor of Chinese orchestras in several schools. 


Rupert holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Computer Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2005), a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in banhu performance from HKAPA (2008), and a Master of Music in banhu and gaohu performance from HKAPA (2012). In 2018, Rupert became the Assistant Conductor (Education and Outreach) of HKCO through open recruitment, responsible for the conducting of the Hong Kong Young Chinese Orchestra, which is under the jurisdiction of the HKCO. Under his leadership, the performance level of the Orchestra has achieved a noticeable increase that can be said as the best since its establishment. The number of participating member has increased from around 50 to 80.

Rupert has led and conducted various performances of the Hong Kong Young Chinese Orchestra, which include: ‘Preservation and Perpetuation of the Classics’ in 2022 and 2021, ‘Let’s Fun@HKCC’ fun day commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Children’s Choir 50th Anniversary concert ‘HKCC & Friends’ and ‘Haw Par Jolly Music Day’ in 2019, Sha Tin Festival’s ‘Melodious Erhu Showcase’ and the Hong Kong International Youth Chinese Music Festival in 2018. Rupert has also led the Orchestra to perform in the ‘Chinese Music Fun! Fun! Fun!’ gala and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Chinese Music 360 Community Performance organised by HKCO. Overseas performances include exchanges and tours in the Greater Bay Area in 2019, as well as ‘Macao International Youth Music Week’ in 2018, where the Orchestra visited Macao, Shenzhen and Panyu and exchanged their music experiences with the local students.

Rupert was the conductor in ‘The Neon City’ concert (2021) and ‘Conducting Duo’ concert (2018) held by HKCO.
Rupert Woo Pak Tuen

Section Tutors


Chen I-ling (Liuqin / Ruan)
Lee Meng-hsueh (Yangqin)
Chan Chi Yuk (Dizi)
Mak Ka Yin (Eco-Erhu, Eco-Gaohu, Eco-Zhonghu)
Wong Yui Kiu (Pipa / Sanxian)
Wei Shen-fu (Sheng)
Cheung Wayn Tou (Eco-Gehu)
Iu Yan (Zheng)
Liu Hai (Suona)
Li Ting Ho (Eco-Bass Gehu)

Lee Tsz Yan (Percussion)


Recruitment

Please refer to Chinese version for details.

Members


Eco-ErhuEco-GehuZhongruanBangdiSoprano Suona
Chan Yu Chun*Ko Pun Ching JocelynNg Justin Bai Shen*Kwok Kai Ming Elvis*Wong Yan Jing
Bai Haoran ZoeZhang WilliamLeung Yiu ChungWu Chung Pui LyndaTse Lik Chun
Wu Chung Yuen Hui Wing PoDu Shiningking 
Li Wing HoEco-Bass GehuChen WenjingXiong DarenAlto Suona
Cheung Pui YanChan Dui Yee*Yang Miao Chan Chin Ngai Howard*
Cheung Sui YanQing Yanjia Qing Yanjia 
Cheung Ching Chi Leanne DaruanWong Wan Ka*Percussion
Leung Wilson AaricYangqinCheung Ka Ho*Yu BoranKam Pok Man*
Chong Ka HangChan Wai Yee Myris*Kung Ka HoNg Ka YiWong Wai Kwan
Tao Hei Nam HaileyLee Jacky Cheuk Ki Chong Yan LokLee Zhe Yan
Wong Hei Lam HaileyChan Ching UeSanxianChan Lai Wan AthenaMa Hong Yiu
Tung Tsz ChimTsang Ka LamZhao Zehui Chan Arthur Duncan
Tang Chun YinYan ChitTo Yee ChakSoprano ShengYeung Lam Yan
Cheng Yuen To Pang Hong YuiLee Tsz Long*Ip Pak Kan
Cheng Pak Lam StevenLiuqin Sy Long Hei 
 Ip Pui Ching*ZhengZhang Enqiao 
Eco-GaohuShek Yan HeeLi Kai Man*  
Chow Chun Kiu Conan To Yee WaiTenor Sheng 
Wu Ga ShingPipaLeung Wing NgaLee Eunice 
Ma Ming KwanNg Kit Wing*Wong Tin YanSing Nathan 
Lok FungLeung Wai Yuet   
 Chan Wai KiuQudiBass Sheng 
Eco-ZhonghuChan Yi LikYim Wai ShingCai Tung Yin 
Huang Wai Ling*Wong Wai YanChong Ho Kwan  
Li Sheung KwanLau Pui Ling MarthaKwok Sheung Yu  
Cheng Chi LungLau Hiu Ling MiriamXiong Dazhi  
Lai Yu TungTsoi Sheung Yin   
 Lu Lucia   
Members are listed in Chinese stroke order.
*Principal

Enquiry (HKCO Education)

Address: HKCO Education, 7/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 3185 1624 / 3185 1640
Fax: 2815 5615
Email: edu@hkco.org
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