What is HKICF?
CHORAL MUSIC FOR ALL – A NEW INTER-SCHOOL CHORAL CULTURE
The Hong Kong Inter-School Choral Festival “HKICF” is an engaging and interactive music educational platform that aims to serve all primary and secondary school choirs in Hong Kong. The annual choral festival usually takes place in January and February, and its main activities include choral competitions conducted in the form of masterclasses, workshops for music educators, choir clinics, exchanges, and masterclasses.
HKICF began to provide longer-term choral training to teachers and students in 2021 with its HKICF Plus initiatives: the School Choir Incubator Programme and the Hong Kong Inter-School Choir. After a successful pilot phase, these programmes will be run year-round beginning in the fall of 2022.
PIONEERING A NEW CHORAL CULTURE
Through HKICF, we hope to nurture students’ passion for and appreciation of choral music, improve their singing and performing abilities, and give recognition to their growth in music. We envision a new inter-school choral culture that is based on mutual respect, encouragement and growth. From our activities to our application fees, every aspect of HKICF is designed to be inclusive. We work hard to ensure that HKICF is accessible to as many schools as possible and that choirs of all levels can learn from each other and grow on the same platform.
In addition, by inviting the best local and overseas choral and conducting experts to be our speakers and adjudicators, HKICF also provides music educators with professional development and training opportunities and fosters exchange among musicians and music educators. Lastly, HKICF hopes to introduce a community service aspect to choral music education. We have and will continue to emphasise reaching out and giving back to the community with our choral music.
What is HKVC?
THE HONG KONG VIRTUOSO CHORUS
A PLACE WHERE PURSUIT OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETS
HKICF was founded by The Hong Kong Virtuoso Chorus (“HKVC”) in 2018 and has since become its annual flagship project.
History and Mission
HKVC was established in January 2011 by a diverse group of promising young musicians in Hong Kong. Its mission is to offer the finest choral repertoire, to inspire with its passion for and talent in music, and to promote aesthetic appreciation as well as charitable and social responsibility.
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.
Apart from this, HKVC organized the first original grand-scale youth choral musical “Like. So?” in Hong Kong in December 2012. The five performances at Jockey Club Auditorium highlighted the importance of dream and persistence, and wowed over 3,000 audience members. Many public figures were impressed by “Like. So?” and offered HKVC invaluable opportunities. For instance, renowned pianist Ms. Nancy Loo invited HKVC to an interview and live performance session on her radio show Cantilena in early 2013.
In addition to performing traditional choral repertoire, HKVC has also appeared as guest performers in pop concerts such as the “Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour” at AsiaWorld-Expo, “C AllStar in Concert 2017” and Justin Lo’s “Justin Chapter Free Concert 2017” at the Hong Kong Coliseum. HKVC has also participated in the recording of commercial jingles and movies.
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. In 2013, the chorus won the Gold Award in the Winter Choral Festival.
In 2020, HKVC was awarded the gold award in the “Ensemble & Choir” category of 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.
For more information about HKVC, please visit their website.