(5 June 2022) 【Latest FACE-TO-FACE Arrangement for HKICF2022 Competition cum Masterclass & Workshop】

With the 5th wave of the pandemic waning, we have decided to PHYSICALLY host the postponed Competition cum Masterclass (For schools that cannot compete physically, we have also made online arrangement for these choirs) and Alex Tam’s Workshop for Music Teachers. Details are as below:

(1) COMPETITION CUM MASTERCLASS

Dates: 3 – 4 August 2022
Venue: The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District
Time:
3 August (Primary School Division)
10:30 am – 1:00 pm (Morning Session)
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Afternoon Session)

4 August (Secondary School Division)
09:00 am – 1:00 pm (Morning Session)
02:00 pm- 4:30 pm (Afternoon Session)

For the detailed order of appearance, please see this attached list.

For details concerning the online arrangement of the Competition, please see this attached document.

(2) Workshop for Music Teachers/Conductors – Finding the Right Voices for Different Styles by Mr. Alex Tam

Date: 3 August 2022
Venue: The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District
Time: 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Presenter: Mr. Alex Tam (Chorus Director, Opera Hong Kong)

(17 April 2022) 【Sing for the future ︳Virtual Choir Video Campaign】

Thank you everyone for supporting the “Sing for the Future” Virtual Choir Project! The final music video was premiered on our social media platforms on 17 April 2022!

You can enjoy the performances by more than 1,000 primary and secondary school students right here:

We would also like to thank our sponsors, community patrons, partnering organizations and everyone who has assisted us in this project for making this happen!

(20 FEB 22) Special Announcement – Prof. Ko Matsushita’s Workshop on 9 March

“Etudes For Chorus – How to Train Your Choir Using Practice Songs” presented by Prof. Ko Matsushita’s will be held on 9 March, 16:30 to 18:30 via zoom. Details of the workshop have been sent to the participants via email and SMS.

If you have any enquires, please feel free to contact us via WhatsApp 5742-4721 or email [email protected]

(26 Jan 22) HKICF 2022 Online Opening Ceremony & Keynote Presentation

The opening ceremony & keynote presentation of the 5th edition of the Hong Kong Inter-School Choral Festival (HKICF) was successfully held on 22 January! The online event was attended by more than 250 music educators from Hong Kong and around the world as well as primary and secondary school students, teachers and parents, drawing more than 2,000 views.

The ceremony invited a number of guests to give the opening address, including: The Hon. Henry Tang (Chairman, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority), Ms Winsome Chow (Chief Executive, HK Arts Development Council) and The Hon. Kenneth Fok (Legislative Councillor, the Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication sectors). They are all heartened to see HKICF carrying on its mission of promoting choral music education in the face of the pandemic.

Hong Kong Inter-School Choir (a new initiative under HKICF) also pre-recorded its performance of the Festival’s 5th anniversary theme song and gave the world premiere of the song during the ceremony.

Besides, during the keynote presentation, renowned Japanese conductor and composer Prof. Ko Matsushita discussed and shared his musical journey and insights with Mr. Kelvin Lau (Artistic Director, HKICF) and Ms. Nancy Cheng (founder/conductor, Ko Chorus).

Let’s catch the highlights of the opening now!

(14 Jan 22) Latest Online Arrangement for HKICF 2022 Events

Thank you for giving your enthusiastic support to HKICF 2022!

Given the current COVID situation in Hong Kong and the latest measures imposed by the Government, we have made the following arrangement for the activities of HKICF2022 in the best interest of our participating students and teachers:

Activities Arrangements
Keynote Presentation & Opening Ceremony Will be conducted online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out in a separate email.
Workshops for Music Teachers & Conductors
  1. Alex Tam’s “Finding the Right Voices for Different Styles” Workshop will be postponed until further notice. If the workshop cannot be scheduled by the end of June 2022 due to COVID-19 or venue availability, this workshop will be cancelled;
  2. All other workshops will be moved online via Zoom. Corresponding Zoom links will be sent out in separate emails.
Mass School Choir Masterclass All sessions will be postponed until further notice. If the sessions cannot be scheduled by the end of June 2022 due to COVID-19 or venue availability, mass school choir masterclass will be cancelled;
Competition cum Masterclass The Competition cum Masterclass sessions that originally take place between 25th and 27th January at the Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium will be conducted in the form of video submission mode. Details are as follow:

  1. Choirs are required to video record their choirs’ performances, and upload them to Google Drive. The link to the Google Drive should then be emailed to [email protected]. The deadline for submitting the videos will not be earlier than the end of March, and maybe further postponed if the pandemic restriction continues.
  2. The video submissions will be reviewed by two adjudicators.
  3. We will compile the video submissions, together with the comment given by the adjudicators into one video, which will be shared with the teachers of the choirs. The teachers should share and review the videos together with their students.
  4. Upon receiving the first round of comments, choirs can choose whether they want to submit another round of recording or not. The adjudicators will then provide another round of written comments for free; Alternatively, the choirs can choose to engage the artistic director or the adjudicators to personally coach your choirs

Please find the detailed guidelines with regard to the Competition cum Masterclass at https://bit.ly/hkicf2022guidelineofcompetition.

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to all participants. Despite the restrictions, we still hope to create as many educational opportunities for our participating students and teachers as possible with our new arrangements.

If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 5742-4721.