2006/07/27

Enthusiasm of Hong Kong in the 6th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival / 香港踴躍參與第六屆亞太口琴節

Following the success in Hong Kong in the last festival, the biennial Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival returns to Taipei, its origin a decade ago, on 3 to 6 August 2006. It is estimated to attract 2,500 people and would be of the largest scale of any international harmonica festivals. Harmonica festivals encompass every kind of harmonica (like tremolo, diatonic and chromatic) and every style of harmonica music (like classical, jazz, blues), and its programme includes opening ceremony, competition, concerts, master classes, seminars, and closing ceremony.

There will be about 200 persons from Hong Kong joining the festival which breaks previous records of participation in international harmonica festivals. The delegation organised by the Hong Kong Harmonica Association consists of 145 persons, and all of them carry various missions:

(1) The 80-person orchestra formed by delegates will deliver the world premiere of a major work dedicated to the harmonica orchestra, The River of Clouds, composed by the local composer Dr. Mui Kwong-chiu.

(2) Renowned performers Ho Pak-cheong, Tse Chun-yan, and Ho Kit-fun will perform works of local composers, introducing the original music of Hong Kong to overseas audience. Works to be performed include Hui Cheung-wai’s Fantasy on a Love Before Time and Benevolence (for harmonica and guqin), and Tang Lok-yin’s Duo.

(3) King’s Harmonica Quintet is invited to perform in the concert on 5 August, joining with Tse Chun-yan to play Dvorak’s String Quintet Op.97, arranged for harmonicas.

(4) 7 representatives of Hong Kong Harmonica Association will judge in the competition:
a. Ho Pak-cheong (Chairman)
b. Johnny Kuan (Vice chairman)
c. Hui Cheung-wai (Honorary Composer in Residence)
d. Mui Kwong-chiu (Honorary Composer in Residence)
e. Lee Sheung-ching (Honorary Music Director)
f. Ho Kit-fun (Honorary Music Director)
g. Johnny Chan (Director)

(5) Bass player of King’s Harmonica Quintet, Johnny Kuan will deliver the first-ever bass harmonica seminar on 5 August

There are many outstanding players in the delegation. Among them are the following award winners in the past World and Asia Pacific Harmonica Festivals:

(1) Ho Kit-fun – champion in duo, World Harmonica Festival 1967 in Germany

(2) Lee Sheung-ching – 1st runner-up in duo, World Harmonica Festival 1967 in Germany

(3) King’s Harmonica Quintet (Ho Pak-cheong, Kenneth Chan, Lau Chun-bong, Rocky Lok, Johnny Kuan) – champion & 1st runner-up in duo, 1st runner-up in ensemble, 2nd runner-up in trio, World Harmonica Festival 1995 in Yokohama, Japan; champion in ensemble, 1st runner-up in open category, 2nd runner-up in chromatic solo, World Harmonica Festival 1997 in Germany

(4) Wesley Wong – bronze prize in chromatic solo, silver prize in duo, silver prize in ensemble, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2002 in Japan; champion in collaboration with other instruments, 1st runner-up in ensemble, 2nd runner-up in chromatic solo, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2004 in Hong Kong; champion in trio, 1st runner-up in open category, World Harmonica Festival 2005 in Germany

(5) Au Chun-lok – bronze prize in chromatic solo, silver prize in duo, silver prize in ensemble, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2002 in Japan; 2nd runner-up in chromatic solo (without test piece), World Harmonica Festival 2005 in Germany

(6) Cecilia Poon – bronze prize in chromatic solo, bronze prize in duo, bronze prize in ensemble, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2002 in Japan; 1st runner-up in duo, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2004 in Hong Kong

(7) Crystal Fung – champion in trio, 1st runner-up in open category, World Harmonica Festival 2005 in Germany

(8) Ho Leung-sing – 1st runner-up in collaboration with other instruments, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2004 in Hong Kong

(9) Lau Chi-lung – 2nd runner-up in collaboration with other instruments, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2004 in Hong Kong

(10) Tony Chan – 2nd runner-up in collaboration with other instruments, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2004 in Hong Kong

(11) Ho Cheuk-yin (age 11) – 2nd runner-up in junior chromatic solo, jury special prize in junior duo, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2004 in Hong Kong

(12) Wong Chun-man (age 10) – jury special prize in junior duo, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2004 in Hong Kong; 3rd runner-up in open category, World Harmonica Festival 2005 in Germany

(13) Leung Pak-yue (age 9) – 3rd runner-up in open category, World Harmonica Festival 2005 in Germany

Delegation members are also principal players in the following award winning teams:

(1) Hong Kong Harmonica Association Harmonica Orchestra – champion in orchestra, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2002 in Japan; champion in orchestra, World Harmonica Festival 2005 in Germany

(2) King’s College – 1st runner-up in orchestra, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festivla 2004 in Hong Kong

(3) Hotung Secondary School – 2nd runner-up in orchestra, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festivla 2004 in Hong Kong

Keeping on the keen atmosphere in the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival in 2004 and World Harmonica Festival 2005, the local players participate actively in the competition. There are a total of 72 entries in the following categories: tremolo solo (open), chromatic solo (open and junior), duo (open and junior), trio (open and junior), 4-6 persons ensemble (open and junior), 7-13 persons ensemble (open), orchestra (open and juniro) and original. Among them, there are over 10 entries in each of the categories of chromatic solo (open), chromatic solo (junior) and duo (open).



兩年一度的亞太口琴節,繼上屆香港成功舉辦後,今年8月3至6日將回到十年前首屆的主辦地區──台北。 預期本屆參加人數將達2500 人,規模為全球國際性口琴節之冠,盛況空前。 口琴節涵蓋每一類口琴(如複音、全音階、半音階)、每一種口琴音樂(如古典、爵士、藍調),活動包括開幕禮、比賽、音樂會、大師班、講座、及閉幕禮。

香港共約有二百人參加本屆活動,人數為歷屆之冠,其中香港口琴協會組成的代表團有145人,成員都肩負了光榮的任務:

(一)代表團成員組成的80人口琴樂團將在8月3日的開幕禮首演本港作曲家梅廣釗博士專為口琴樂團創作的大型音樂作品──天上雲河。

(二)著名口琴演奏家何百昌、謝俊仁、何頡勳將演出多首本港作曲家的作品,向外地觀眾介紹香港原創音樂,包括許翔威的月光愛人幻想曲、擇善仁心(口琴與古琴)、鄧樂妍的二重奏。

(三)享負盛名之英皇口琴五重奏應邀於8月5日的演奏會中,聯同謝俊仁演出為口琴改編之德伏扎克的弦樂五重奏,編號97。

(四)七位香港口琴協會的代表應邀擔任今屆各項比賽的評判:
1. 何百昌(會長)
2. 關文豪(副會長)
3. 許翔威(榮譽駐團作曲家)
4. 梅廣釗(榮譽駐團作曲家)
5. 李尚澄(榮譽音樂顧問)
6. 何頡勳(榮譽音樂顧問)
7. 陳國勳(董事)

(五)英皇口琴五重奏低音口琴演奏家關文豪於8月5日主講亞太口琴節舉辦以來首個低音口琴講座,並作示範。

香港口琴協會組成的代表團裏不乏高手,其中下列口琴手更是世界及亞太口琴節得獎者:

(一)何頡勳──1967年德國世界口琴節二重奏冠軍

(二)李尚澄──1967年德國世界口琴節二重奏亞軍

(三)英皇口琴五重奏(何百昌、陳樹強、劉振邦、駱英棋、關文豪)──1995年日本橫濱世界口琴節二重奏冠軍及亞軍、小組合奏亞軍、三重奏季軍;1997年德國世界口琴節小組合奏冠軍、公開組亞軍、半音階獨奏季軍

(四)黃志榮──2002年日本亞太口琴節半音階獨奏銅獎、二重奏銀獎、小組合奏銀獎;2004年香港亞太口琴節口琴及其他樂器小組合奏冠軍、小組合奏亞軍、半音階獨奏季軍;2005年德國世界口琴節三重奏冠軍、自由組合亞軍

(五)歐俊樂──2002年日本亞太口琴節半音階獨奏銅獎、二重奏銀獎、小組合奏銀獎;2005年德國世界口琴節非指定樂曲半音階獨奏季軍

(六)潘倩敏──2002年日本亞太口琴節半音階獨奏銅獎、二重奏銅獎、小組合奏銅獎;2004年香港亞太口琴節二重奏亞軍

(七)馮紫盈──2005年德國世界口琴節三重奏冠軍、自由組合亞軍

(八)何亮誠──2004年香港亞太口琴節口琴及其他樂器小組合奏亞軍

(九)劉志龍──2004年香港亞太口琴節口琴及其他樂器小組合奏季軍

(十)陳起東──2004年香港亞太口琴節口琴與其他樂器小組合奏季軍

(十一) 何卓彥(十一歲)──2004年香港亞太口琴節青少年半音階獨奏季軍;青少年二重奏評判特別獎

(十二) 黃俊民(十歲)──2004年香港亞太口琴節青少年二重奏評判特別獎;2005年德國世界口琴節自由組合殿軍

(十三) 梁渝(九歲)──2005年德國世界口琴節自由組合殿軍

以團體而言,曾在過去國際性口琴節獲獎的隊伍,其主要成員也有參加本代表團的有:

(一)香港口琴協會口琴樂團──2002年日本亞太口琴節大合奏冠軍;2005年德國世界口琴節大合奏冠軍

(二)英皇書院──2004年香港亞太口琴節大合奏亞軍

(三)何東中學──2004年香港亞太口琴節大合奏季軍

承接2004年香港主辦亞太口琴節及2005年遠赴德國世界口琴節的熱烈氣氛,本地口琴手十分踴躍參與多項比賽,組別分佈如下:複音口琴獨奏(公開組)、半音階口琴獨奏(公開組及青少年組)、口琴二重奏(公開組及青少年組)、口琴三重奏(公開組及青少年組)、4-6 人重奏(公開組及青少年組)、7-13 人小合奏(公開組)、14 人以上大合奏(公開組及青少年組)及創意組口琴演奏,總計有72個參賽項次,其中公開組半音階口琴獨奏、青少年組半音階口琴獨奏及公開組口琴二重奏分別有超過10個參賽項次。

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