Prague Summer Nights and Me

In the summer of 2017, I had the uniquely rewarding experience of attending the Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival (PSN). Produced by Classical Movements—the premier concert tour company for the world’s great orchestras and choirs—Prague Summer Nights is [...] more >>

by Serenade
June 6th, 2018
The memory game

It’s one of the great romantic images, isn’t it? The solo performer, alone on an empty stage, faced with that huge black beast of a full-size concert grand piano, armed with nothing but his or her memory and willing, well-trained [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 3rd, 2018
Variations on a Theme

Think of a series of riffs on an idea, in a variety of styles, moods, rhythm and tempi, and you have the basic framework for a Theme and Variations. As the initial theme is presented in a different way, so [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 31st, 2018
Stimulating the Imagination

As musicians we can and should call upon our imaginations to enable us to create the myriad sounds we desire from our instrument, and to communicate the story or image of the music to the audience. The first teacher I [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 27th, 2018
Contemporary Music in Hong Kong

As a concertgoer in Hong Kong and avid listener of contemporary music, I am sometimes disappointed with the programmes of orchestras in Hong Kong. Mahler, Strauss, Wagner… These names, which are part of the so-called “core repertoire” of orchestras, can [...] more >>

by Anson Yeung
May 24th, 2018
The Early Years

It all started with a workshop. My then teacher, Mr Pulinkala told me about an Italian conductor who was in Delhi to conduct a workshop concerning opera. Being skeptical as most 14-15 year olds would be, I went there imagining [...] more >>

by Serenade
May 23rd, 2018
The Opera Scene in China

On a cold windy night of December 2017, I travelled from Shanghai to Nanjing on a secret mission. I was invited by an anonymous patron who would like me to pay a visit to the just inaugurated Jiangsu Centre for [...] more >>

by Rudolph Tang
May 20th, 2018
Audience Watching

One of the secondary pleasures of going to live music in concert is “audience watching”. Different artists and repertoire attract different audiences, and I love observing audience behaviour before, during and after a concert. The ritual of concert going and [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 20th, 2018