About HKSW 樂團簡介
Founded by Dr. Wai-hong YIP and Mr. Alfonso WONG in May 1987, The Hong Kong Symphonic Winds (HKSW) is the first amateur band in Hong Kong with considerable size and structure. WONG has devoted himself to promoting music education in the community. He dedicated 21 years of his life to teaching at Central Conservatory of Music - the national leading music school in China. His devotion and contribution to music and teaching, especially wind band music development, have deeply influenced all band members. His works were also recognized by the Chinese authoritative media, namely “People’s Music”.
Members are the greatest assets of the HKSW. The HKSW has evolved into a house of music, nurturing hundreds of talented musicians, with a majority being WONG students and even students of his students. This adheres to our principle and core value - Passing the Torch. Among all our members, some are distinguished professional players actively performing on local and international stages, while some are making their great efforts and contributions to music education and performance. Thanks to the inspiration and cultivation of WONG and the HKSW in the past 25 years, our missions have been transformed to all these achievements.
Since the debut concert in Shatin Town Hall on 20 February 1988, the HKSW has started to work with the former Urban Council and the LCSD (Leisure and Cultural Services Department) to promote music among people from all walks of life in Hong Kong. Over 300 concerts have been held all over Hong Kong, bringing the joy of music to every home by visiting every district. The repertoire includes masterpieces from both the East and the West.
In 2007, the HKSW held the 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert at the Hong Kong City Hall. Students whom WONG trained over the decades came and supported, not only the concert but also what HKSW has been doing in the past two decades. Everyone in the house, no matter on stage or not, celebrated the long history of the HKSW in music making and sharing.
In 2008, two concerts were held to pay tribute to Leroy ANDERSON. With the permission of ANDERSON’s family, the HKSW re-arranged his piano concerto for piano solo with wind band accompaniment. Not only were the concerts a debut of great success for his masterpiece in Asia, but they were also highly acclaimed with full house audience.
On 31 December 2010, the HKSW was invited to perform at the ‘New Year Eve Countdown Carnival 2010’, bringing up and sharing the joyful atmosphere of a New Year Eve to the crowd through each note we played genuinely. The HKSW has built its reputation and has received much recognition for its music making in diversified industries.
In 2010, HKSW launched a children’s concert and attracted a lot of children with their families to enjoy a night of music and laughter. The HKSW have succeeded to carry on with 2 Children’s Day concerts at the Hong Kong City Hall in April 2012 and Mar 2013, namely Merry Go Round and Music4Kids. The concerts had attracted audience of all ages. The tickets of the latter concert were largely sold out and the average audience percentage was a record-high.
In 2011, a prestigious international company invited the HKSW to produce its corporate song with world-class multimedia teams. The recordings have been used in its multiple corporate events.
Since 1998, the HKSW has published over 10 professional live recordings, both audio and video, including live performance of anniversary concerts. The HKSW was determined to offer our members live records for internal educational use, enhancing music thoughts sharing and communication among members.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the HKSW has held a concert in September 2012, The Legend, to share a spectacular and commemorate evening of iconic music with symbolic meanings in HKSW’s 25 year development.
二零一一年，樂團出席國際管樂協會（World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles）在台灣嘉義市舉辦三年一度的大會，參與推廣全球管樂交流。
二零一三年一月，適逢享譽盛名的芝加哥交響樂團來港參與「香港藝術節」演出，本團有幸邀請到首席長號手 Mr. Jay Friedman，連同我們的年輕樂手舉行一場大師班。是晚本團的菁英銅管樂手組成一支六重奏，演出更獲Mr. Freidman 的高度讚許。
二零一三年七月，香港交響管樂團衝出香港，奔向世界舞台了！樂團終於來到荷蘭的凱爾克拉特（Kerkrade），首場音樂會在市中心廣場，一幢古色古香的建築物前舉行，我們演出了幾首中國音樂，觀眾紛紛報以熱烈的掌聲。至「世界管樂大賽」的比賽當天，我們與來自世界各地的樂團同場較技，既興奮又緊張。歷時半年多的集訓，加上臨場發揮穩定，終讓我們在「Harmony First division」組別中，奪得金獎，載譽歸來！此趟歐洲之行，除了參加比賽，樂團亦在德國的科恩伯格（Kornberg）作短暫停留，並與一隊歷史悠久的管樂團交流，在一個逾百年歷史的建築物內演出，聲音之甜美，氣氛之融和，實在難以筆墨來形容。這次交流，更成為當地報章的一項新聞報道。
Our missions are not bound by any geographic or national boundaries. Music promotion and sharing have been taking places beyond the borders.
In 2001, the HKSW was invited by the Macau Band Directors Association to perform at the “2nd Macau Band Festival Opening Concert”.
In 2002, the HKSW was invited to Guangzhou, performing at the “International Wind Band Performance Convention”, by the 12th Band Conference of Asia & Pacific Band Directors Association (APBDA).
In 2006, the HKSW was invited by the Guangzhou Band Directors Association to conduct several demonstrative performances in Guangzhou. In August 2006, the HKSW performed 2 concerts in Shanghai under the invitation of the Shanghai Zhouzhuang Government and the Shanghai CCTV.
In 2011, the HKSW participated in the International Band Festival of the 15th WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) Conference held in Chiayi, Taiwan. Those concerts were highly accredited for all the great successes. The HKSW has built its reputation and gained musical growth and development through overseas exchange.
With all the encouragement received, especially from some international professional players, the HKSW continues to bring music everywhere throughout our lifelong pursuit of promoting wind band music.
In Jan 2013, the HKSW co-hosted a Masterclass section with maestro Jay Friedman, principal trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the top world renowned orchestras. The HKSW has grouped an elite group of a brass sixtet specially for the event, which was highly acclaimed by Jay Friedman.
In July 2013, the HKSW has brought its members to expand footprint in Europe. The HKSW finally came to the Netherlands, Kerkrade. Performed first in the town square in front of a quiant European architectural structure, we performed a few pieces of Chinese music, receiving rapturous applause.
On the World Music Contest day, we competed in the Harmony First Divihison with many others bands from around the world with a mix of excitement and nerves. After an intensive training of more than six months, coupled with a steady performance in real time, we finally won the gold medal.
In this Europe tour, besides the Contest, the HKSW has also paid a brief visit to Kornberg in Germany to have an exchanging programme with a long-running local band. Performing in an historical building for more than a century, the exquisite sound and superb harmony resounded are just beyond words. This exchange programme has also generated local media coverage.
我們的桂冠音樂總監黃日照老師，創作和改篇了不少樂曲，除了《小河淌水 ﹣ 小號小協奏曲》和《香港交響管樂團進行曲》外，1998-2004年間，黃氏改編了周文軒先生一系列藝術歌曲，包括：《古詩今譜》四首、《過零丁洋》及《花木蘭狂想曲》。這幾首管樂作品在香港及海外演出時，均獲好評。
Apart from nurturing local talented wind instrument performers, the HKSW is also actively engaged in encouraging local compositions and Chinese wind band music works.
Our Music Director Laureate, Mr. Alfonso WONG, composed and adapted numerous music works. His remarkable works include Stepping by the Stream - Trumpet Petit Concerto and Hong Kong Symphonic Winds March. Between 1998 and 2004, WONG adapted a series of art pieces of Mr. Wen-hsien CHOU, including four pieces of the “Old Songs with New Compositions” Suites, Crossing the Ling Ding River and “Mulan” Rhapsody. The performances of these music works have been well received, both locally and internationally.
Composed by the teacher of WONG, Mr. Zhi Qiu XIA, Nostalgia for Home is arranged by Yuen-hing YAU for wind band. YAU was also commissioned the Prelude to a Celebration to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the HKSW.
In the fall of 1999, Dr. Brian Chatpo KOO, the internationally eminent composer, was commissioned by WONG and the HKSW to compose a great wind band music piece, Rainbow, debuted in Hong Kong in January 2000.
The HKSW engages in a variety of charitable activities.
In April 2002, the HKSW was invited by Lions Clubs International District 303 - Hong Kong & Macau, China to participate in a fundraising concert supporting The Hong Kong Society for the Blind.
In March 2004, the HKSW performed again for a fund-raising performance of the Lions Kidney Education Center & Research Foundation.
In March 2013, the HKSW presented a community project in Sham Shui Po specially devised to encourage local children to appreciate and learn more about wind band music. Some of the HKSW has volunteered to hold a demonstrative instrumental section with small groups of children serviced by the New Home Association and the Kowloon West Community Harmony and Solidarity Services Centre. The HKSW has also followed-up the small group section by sending 160 tickets of the concert MUSIC4KIDS to the two associations.
In April 2013, the HKSW was invited by the Patient Resource Center of the Kowloon Hospital to hold a lunchtime concert for its patients and their families.
The Hong Kong Symphonic Winds Annual Report 2012/2013
The Hong Kong Symphonic Winds is a registered non-profit organization in Hong Kong.