The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office presents a showcase of Cantonese Music in Hong Kong by Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble on the Chinese New Year Tour 2016.
Founded in 2003, the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble (竹韻小集) is a professional Chinese music ensemble which promotes local talents and produces quality chamber music. Its mission is to promote the unique charm of Chinese instrumental ensemble music genre, known for being “small but elegant” and “simple yet refined”, in Hong Kong. The Ensemble currently has 16 resident musicians, who are all young music graduates with extensive performing experiences. The Ensemble has a comprehensive team of different instruments making reference to the traditional Chinese silk and bamboo (string-and-wind) format. The Artistic Advisor, Mr Ho Man-chuen, is also the Conductor. The Executive Director, Mr Chan Chiu-yin, is also the Founder of the Ensemble. The Ensemble is a registered non-profit organisation in Hong Kong and a recipient of grants given by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Interview with the musicians: Chan Pik-sum (gaohu), Chan Kai-him (yehu), Kwok Ka-ying (yangqin), Wong Ling-yan (pipa) and Ho Siu-cheong (xiao):
Cantonese Music is an indigenous form of music in Hong Kong. It was inscribed on the first inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong in June 2014, and on the first list of National Intangible Cultural Heritage announced by the State Council of China. The music genre is popularly found in the Pearl River Delta, which covers Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macao. It is also one of the most popular regional genres in overseas Chinese communities. It first took shape in the last years of the Qing Dynasty at the turn of the 20th century, and reached its height in the 1920s and 30s when many virtuosi and popular tunes emerged, which established Hong Kong as an important base for Cantonese Music.