I am excited to be part of the team working on the first ever yearbook on classical music, documenting classical music concerts in Hong Kong.
There is an immense number of classical music concerts in Hong Kong. How immense? Simply visit any venue and see their leaflet racks. Virtually there is a concert happening somewhere every day. But exactly how many concerts happened? What music has been played? Who has performed on Hong Kong stages? There is not a quick one-stop answer to these questions without a comprehensive almanac.
The idea of Classical Music Yearbook is to document concerts in Hong Kong. The International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong) is an experienced organisation gathering independent critics of performing arts. Having published several yearbooks, they are now funded by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to publish a classical music one. The first document of such will appear in mid 2015, having concert informations archived in what will be Classical Music Yearbook 2014.
We have begun working quite some time back on this project, having digested the difficulty and scale. The complex landscape of the classical music industry and the very idea of what makes music “classical music” is also makes this project a very delicate work. As an editor of the yearbook, I have no quick answer to all these, but I will try also to share more about the rationale behind the yearbook during the course of the year.
So here is a snapshot of a very small slice of concert information.
The official press release is below, and more information is available at IATC’s website. More on the subject soon!
Hong Kong Classical Music Yearbook
The First and Comprehensive Record of Concerts in Hong Kong
The International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong), also known as IATC-HK, is launching the first ever Classical Music Yearbook. With the funding of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Yearbook is a comprehensive record of performance information of classical music concerts happened in 2014.
Since 2006, IATC-HK has been publishing The Hong Kong Drama Yearbook and, since 2009, The Hong Kong Xiqu Yearbook, all with the funding of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC). These annual publications contain information of performances happened in a year and critical reviews of that year in their respective performing arts. An online database at www.iatc.com.hk is also available for public search of archived information. These performing arts yearbooks are important documents of performing arts activities and development.
The first Classical Music Yearbook will document classical music concert and activity information in 2014. This will be the first Yearbook with the purpose to document concerts in Hong Kong. The Yearbook is funded by HKADC, and is scheduled to be published in mid-2015. This is an important milestone for performing arts of Hong Kong.
The working group of the Yearbook consists of critics Mr. Chow Fan-fu, Mr. Dennis Wu, Mr. Edison Hung and editor of several past yearbooks Ms. Bernice Chan. An advisory committee, consisting members from different sectors of the classical music institutes, will be formed to provide strategic advice on the Yearbook.
Classical Music Yearbook 2014 is now open for submission of concert performance information. IATC-HK invites all music presenters, schools and performing groups to submit information on classical music concerts happened between January 1 to December 31, 2014 to our office at Room 1201-2, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. You may also attach relevant information to musicyearbook at iatc.com.hk (email address).
For any enquiry, please contact 2974-0542.