The Hong Kong Virtuoso Chorus – A Place Where Pursuit of Artistic Excellence and Social Responsibility Meets
The Hong Kong Virtuoso Chorus (HKVC) is a registered s.88 tax-exempted charitable organization established in January 2011. Its members are from a diverse range of promising young Hong Kong musicians.
In the summer of 2011, HKVC held their debut concert Sing Out a Dream in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall to raise funds to support the charitable work of the Lions Club of Central. The project entered the final round of Lions Clubs International Service Awards under the “Best Connection to Youth Program” category.
HKVC also organized the first original grand-scale youth choral musical in Hong Kong, “Like. So?” in December 2012. The five performances at Jockey Club Auditorium highlighted the importance of dream and persistence to over 3,000 audience members. Many public figures were impressed by the musical and offered valuable opportunities to HKVC. For instance, renowned pianist Ms. Nancy Loo invited the group to an interview and a live performance session on her radio show, Cantilena in 2013.
Since its founding, HKVC has been invited to take part in various performances hosted by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and different music organizations. They include “Musica Connection: Friendly Concert I – Lovely Music in China”, “Hong Kong Festival Wind Orchestra Christmas Concert 2011”, “New Year’s Eve Countdown Carnival 2011”, “The Red Choir Show 2012” and “Lions Club of Central 20th Anniversary Charity Ball”.
In order to promote music among the youth in Hong Kong, HKVC has also performed at local universities, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University, City University of Hong Kong and the then Hong Kong Institute of Education. The story of HKVC is widely reported by local media, including RTHK, Metro Radio, D100, Singtao Daily, TVB, Hong Kong Headline Daily and South China Morning Post.
HKVC believes that music should not be a privilege exclusive to a fortunate few. Since 2018, HKVC has organised an annual flagship programme — the Hong Kong Inter-School Choral Festival (HKICF), an engaging and interactive learning platform for students, music teachers and conductors from both primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.
Unlikeconventional choral competitions, HKICF consists of a variety of events including: competitions held in the form of masterclass, choir clinics, and choir exchanges. It focuses on creating an atmosphere of mutual learning and respect among the participating choral groups. In 2020, HKICF’s events attracted more than 4,000 teachers and students from over 80 choirs. Since its first edition in 2018, HKICF has served over 10,000 primary and secondary school students and teachers.
HKVC also organized a grand-scale music education programme with Lions Club of Central in 2012, providing free singing courses to more than 130 students in Shamshuipo Kaifong Welfare Association Primary School, S.K.H. Chu Oi Primary School (Lei Muk Shue) and Lions Clubs International Ho Tak Sum Primary School. At the end of the programme, a graduation concert was held to showcase the growth of the participants. It was recognised as a successful attempt in making music accessible to all.
HKVC won the Gold Diploma in the category of Youth Choir, SATB voices (age 29 and under) in 2011 Hong Kong International Youth & Children’s Choir Festival and participated in the masterclass conducted by Prof. Gudrun Schrofel, the vice principal of Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. In 2013, HKVC won the Gold Award in the Winter Choral Festival for its remarkable performance in the mixed open category.
HKVC has also been coached by internationally acclaimed musicians such as Mr. Paul Phoenix, former member of The King’s Singers and Prof. Steve Zegree, the former Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
In 2020, HKVC won the Gold Award in the “Ensemble & Choir category at the Paul Phoenix Academy 1st Anniversary Online Music Festival – A Celebration of John Rutter’s Music, which was adjudicated by Mr. Paul Phoenix, Mr. John Rutter and Ms. Vivian Ip.