New Choral Works

Photo Credit: Tim Clark

In 2017 and 2018, the New Choral Works ensemble of singers and composers

presented two programmes of brand-new music for

a cappella chamber choir at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre Lecture Hall.

 

They will be holding a third concert of new music in late Spring 2020.

2017 programme

2018 programme

Bethan Clark

Founder of Katterwall, Bethan has been making music in Hong Kong since 1999. Highlights include establishing the well-known Kassia choirs, singing the national anthems at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens for seven years, being invited to direct FOBISIA's choral festival in Jeju, Korea, being invited to bring singers to perform at New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and directing the critically-acclaimed Hong Kong premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World. She is currently spending her time preparing for The Art of War this November, composing, drawing, painting and generally enjoying life and family.

Audibly Exhale (2017), Last Night (2018)

Peter Clarke

Throughout his career in science and engineering, Peter Clarke has pursued a keen interest in music making, as a composer, pianist, percussionist, saxophonist and choral singer. Previously performed works include several orchestral tone poems, a piano concerto, a double bass sonata, and a range of chamber works and sacred music. Born and educated in the UK, Peter has been based in Hong Kong since 2003 and works as an engineering consultant.

www.peterslistening.com

If Any Man Is In Christ (2017), The Gift Of Idle Hours (2018)

Ross Furmedge

Ross Furmedge was born in the Netherlands, moving to the UK at 5. His musical education began at Holy Trinity Church in Southport and later with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Anglia Polytechnic University, singing with Manchester Chamber Choir and Manchester Consort, Northern Spirit Singers and Chantage after graduating. Since moving to Hong Kong 3 years ago, Ross was in musical hiding until being coaxed out for the New Choral Works 2017 project; the lure of singing about Crystal Meth and Blade Runner convinced him it was time torejoin the musical world.

Invictus (2018)

Sam Hilton

Sam Hilton has been a choral singer for over 25 years, in groups of all sizes and musical styles. Based in Hong Kong, he is a founding member and chief arranger of the contemporary a cappella group Eight Five Tunes, and is also a current member of the Renaissance group Tallis Vocalis and of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus. He was previously the music director of the Hong Kong-based contemporary group Il Coro, and was the founding director of the Hanoi International Choir. Sam graduated with a degree in music from Harvard College, where he was a member of the Harvard Glee Club and was the vocal director of several musical theater productions.

A Certain Attention, The Night Became Long (2017), After (2018)

Cheryl Hui

Cheryl Hui obtained Master of Arts in Music and BA(Hons) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong respectively, studying percussion and timpani performance with James Boznos, (Principal Timpani, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra). As an active performer, Hui has performed with the SAR Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, the Medical Association Orchestra and the Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong. Most recently she performed as part of Trey Lee's residency at HKU. Specializing in contemporary music, Hui has premiered works by Dr. Anthony Cheng, Dr. Joyce Tang, Dr. Austin Yip, Gordon Fung, Yip Chi Chung and John Luther Adams. As a composer, she studied with Dr. Joshua Chan. Hui's current interest lies in electroacoustic and world music. Hui and her ensemble, Quadrasonic won first prize in the Hong Kong Percussion Competition 2016 with her original composition, The Distant Sound.

The Ugly Truth (2018)

Vanissa Law

Hong Kong born Vanissa Law began her studies at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2004 as a piano major, studying with Chinese composer Mr. Cui Shiguang. After graduating Vanissa turned her focus towards electroacoustic music composition during her stay at Ball State University, Indiana, majoring in voice and music composition. She was the winner of the regional (Indiana) audition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in US in 2008. Vanissa obtained her PhD in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Keyes. Vanissa's pieces and installations have been premiered and exhibited internationally at events and festivals including the 13th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Seoul, Korea), Society of Composers (SCI) Region VI Conference (Texas, US), University of Central Missouri New Music Festival (Missouri, US), the soundSCAPE festival (Italy), 2013 International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology (Taipei) and Hong Kong Arts Festival. Vanissa was granted the Fulbright Research Award in 2014-15 and was sponsored to do a 10-month research at Louisiana Digital Media Center.

Animal Farm: (I) Comrades, What Is The Nature Of, (II) The Seven Commandments (2017), (III) No Question Now, All Animals Are Equal (2018)

Joe Travers

Joe Travers arrived in Hong Kong in 2010 and is currently the Head of Music at Island School. He read Music at the University of York studying piano, singing and composition. He is an experienced choral singer who joined the English Chamber Choir upon graduating. As a composer and arranger, Joe has worked with the English Chamber Choir, the Chimera Ensemble, Majestic Brass, and the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra. In Hong Kong, Joe has enjoyed singing with Tallis Vocalis, the Hong Kong Bach Choir, Celtic Connections and Kassia Choirs.

To Musick - To Becalm A Sweet-Sick Youth (2017), Suscipe Domine (2018)

Phil Tudor

Phil Tudor studied Music at the universities of Bath Spa and Keele, graduating from the latter with an MPhil in Composition. The first decade of his career involved much freelance work as a composer in the UK. He worked on several community outreach programmes collaborating with the Halle Orchestra, and the London Sinfonietta and working with composers including Sir James Macmillan, Bill Connor and Frazer Trainer. Phil’s music has been performed by the Halle Orchestra, as part of the Norwich and Norfolk Music Festival and has been broadcast nationally on BBC Radio 3. Since arriving in Hong Kong in 2000, Phil has taught Music at ESF’s Island School. His first large choral commission "Survive the Night" was for Kassia Women's Choir in 2005 (available on iTunes). More recently he has composed for Scottish Opera’s lead soprano, Gloria Ellis.

The Nexus Monologue (2017), Another Lullaby For Insomniacs (2018)

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Bethan Clark, 2018