ENSEMBLES 2015

Ying Wa Senior Orchestra (Hong Kong)

Ying Wa Senior Orchestra

 

Founded in 2006, Ying Wa Senior Orchestra is one of the finest school orchestras in Hong Kong. The team consists of 80-90 members and each of them has had their musical passion cultivated under the professional leadership of their Music Director Ms Eleanor Luk Yin-hung and Chief Conductor Mr Maurice Poon Po-choi.

Every year more than 80 passionate young musicians, aged 6-12, build up their repertoire of various styles and periods through the weekly rehearsals. They receive training highly focused on the intonation, sound projection, phrasing and ensemble skills.

Ying Wa Primary School conducts annual concerts every year, provides terrific classical music performances for the audience. We aim to become one of the finest youth school orchestras in Hong Kong. The YW Senior Orchestra joins different competition every year. Since 2009, they won several prizes including gold medals and championship title in Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows Competition as well as in Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Competition.

YWPS brings excellent classical music performances with the world’s finest musicians. In April 2012, our string orchestra member was honored to perform with Vienna Philharmonics under their leadership. In 2010 and 2011, Ying Wa Senior Orchestra had a unique music learning experience with Jeremy Williams, the famous violinist, at Hobart University.

YWPS actively participates in overseas music exchange tours. In these tours, members have valuable opportunities to learn from the world’s finest musicians and educators. In 2013, the team was crowned international champion again, winning the 5th International Youth Music Festival (String Orchestra Category) and also winning the Grand Prize among the overall orchestra category held in Bratislava, Slovakia.

In Oct 2013, the team was honored to perform at the opening ceremony of The 64th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.

 

 

Poon Po Choi Maurice

Poon Po Choi Maurice

Conductor

Poon, a Hong Kong Contemporary Composer and conductor, is keen to promote music education. Poon has lots of experience in conducting. Since 2004, with Poon’s strictly leading and training, the Wind Band that he led has continuously been the champion of Hong Kong Schools Music Festival for 10 years.

Poon is now the chief conductor of Senior Orchestra, Senior String Orchestra, Senior Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band and Percussion Ensemble in Ying Wa Primary School. Under his guidance, all teams won the champion and the gold medals in Hong Kong Schools Competitions and also in the International Competitions. A truly hearted conductor, Poon is used to train the teams through his own style and rich experience. On the other hand, he has learned Saxophone when he was young. After graduating from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with distinction, major in Composition with Mr. Law Wing Fai, Poon continued his studies to Conservatoire de Paris and learned composition with composer Gérard Grisey.

He’s now the conductor, instructor of music instrument classes and also the lecturer of Department of Composition and Electronic Music, in Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

 

 

Competition Program

 

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)   Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D485,
3rd movement, Menuett
Allegro Molto
Liu Tieshan and Mao Yuan (*1926)   Dance of the Yao Tribe
Elgar, Edward (1857-1934)   Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma'
Theme (Andante)
Variation I: "C.A.E." (L'istesso tempo)
Variation XIV: "E.D.U." (Finale: Allegro
presto)
Op.36

 

 

Additional Concerts Program

 

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)   Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D485,
3rd movement, Menuett
Allegro Molto
Liu Tieshan and Mao Yuan (*1926)   Dance of the Yao Tribe
Elgar, Edward (1857-1934)   Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma'
Theme (Andante)
Variation I: "C.A.E." (L'istesso tempo)
Variation XIV: "E.D.U." (Finale: Allegro
presto)
Op.36
Béla Bartók (1881-1945)   Rumanian Folk Dances
    Happy Spring Evening (Ancient Melody)
    Gan Shang Ching  (Ancient Melody)
    Jasmine Flower  (Ancient Melody)