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香港中文大學合唱團

CU Chorus

香港中文大學合唱團簡介

經過近四十年努力不懈追求卓越,香港中文大學合唱團(中大合唱團)已經成為香港其中一隊最具實力的大學合唱團。植根香港,放眼國際,在香港舞台耕耘之外,多年來已踏遍華南地區以至東南亞諸國。中大合唱團一直致力以高水準的演出,充滿創意的節目,向普羅大眾推廣與分享合唱藝術。

中大合唱團於1972年由一班中大學生自發成立,早期由學生擔任指揮。九十年代起設立固定音樂總監兼指揮一職,歷任總監有伍德榮、葉長盛及現任朱振威。從參加學聯之夜歌唱比賽到每年主辦一場周年公演,現在中大合唱團每年演出活動已擴展至包括主辦周年音樂會、免費校園音樂會、海外交流演出、聖誕演出、指揮工作坊、公益外展演出不等。

中大合唱團曾推出多個廣受歡迎的主題節目,內容多元化,不少外國作曲家及作品也藉著中大合唱團演出而引進香港樂壇。近年主題有推介世界各地特色作品的《聲音地圖》(2008)、演繹古今中外特色情歌的《愛.無處不在》(2009)、回歸合唱根本,展示不同風格聖樂作品的《爾名為聖》(2010)、介紹台灣最新合唱面貌的《台灣風情》(2011),以及為美國當紅合唱作曲家韋塔克而作的專場音樂會《華麗之聲》(2011)。中大合唱團演出除了對本地合唱團開拓曲目發揮影響力,更藉著網絡將影響伸至全球--2009年以色列《新消息報》專題報道,中大合唱團的一段YouTube錄影在當時於世界各地猶太人間流傳,引發巨大迴響。

從成立之始,推動香港合唱創作就是中大合唱團的使命之一。合唱團不斷邀請香港作曲家如胡銘堯、楊嘉輝、蘇梓安、鄧樂妍譜出新曲,現時維持一年一部作品的速度,為建立屬於香港的獨特合唱之聲而努力。2008及2009年,中大合唱團先後應邀出訪上海師範大學及彰化大葉大學舉行示範講座,向當地大學生介紹香港粵語合唱創作,大獲好評。

多年來曾與中大合唱團合作的本地及海外藝人不計其數,近期例子有本地敲擊演奏家邵俊傑、作曲家楊嘉輝、台灣指揮家杜黑、古育仲、及美國指揮家韓多普等。自七十年代起,中大合唱團持續與中國內地及東南亞各地合唱團作音樂交流,至今曾到訪城市包括北京、上海、台北、台南、馬尼拉、曼谷、新加坡、新山等。除交流活動,合唱團也多次應邀以客席演出者身份參與外地演出,如2006年澳門國際音樂節及2010年暹羅愛樂樂團馬勒第三交響曲泰國首演。

為了打下更堅實的基礎,持續發展永不止息的藝術追求,2012年1月合唱團以慈善團體有限公司形式成立「中大合唱協會」。透過藝術、管理、行政三部份的分工,讓源自中大、立足中大的中大合唱團,能夠在中大本科生、研究生及校

After nearly 40 years’ pursuit of excellence, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus (CU Chorus) has become one of the best local university choirs. Rooted in Hong Kong with a global view, CU Chorus has performed not only at the local stage, but also in various cities in southern China and southeast Asia. With its high quality performances and innovative programmes, CU Chorus is dedicated to promoting and sharing the choral art with the public.

 

CU Chorus was founded in 1972 by a group of CUHK students. In the early days, the role of conductor was served by students. In the 1990s, the post Music Director and Conductor was established, and has been served chronologically by Dennis Ng, Yeh Cheung-shing, and currently Leon Chu. From a group that took part in joint-university singing contest by the Hong Kong Federation of Students, to one that organized annual performances, nowadays CU Chorus has developed its range of performances to include annual concerts, free campus concerts, overseas interflow performances, Christmas caroling, conducting workshops and charity outreach performances.

CU Chorus presented a number of popular programmes with diverse themes, through which many foreign composers and their works were introduced to the Hong Kong music scene. Performances in recent years include: The Sound of Atlas (2008) with characteristic choral pieces from around the world;Love is All Around (2009) with featured love songs throughout the ages; Hallowed be Thy Name (2010) with a showcase of sacred music – the root of choral music – in various styles; and the most recent Formosan Panorama (2011) with the newest outlook in Taiwanese choral music. In addition to having an influence on local choirs in expanding their repertoire, CU Chorus’ performances also made an impact through the internet: a YouTube video of CU Chorus received coverage in an Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, for its wide circulation among Jewish communities worldwide, to great resonance.

Since its establishment, one of CU Chorus’ missions is to promote local choral compositions. CU Chorus has regularly commissioned Hong Kong composers such as Dennis Wu, Samson Young, Andy So and Tang Lok-yin for new pieces. At the pace of one new piece per year,CU Chorus strives to help develop a choral voice unique to Hong Kong. In 2008 and 2009, CU Chorus was invited for demonstrative talks in Shanghai Normal University and Da-yeh University respectively, introducing Hong Kong Cantonese choral compositions to mainland and Taiwanese students, receiving much acclaim.
Over the years, CU Chorus has collaborated with numerous local and overseas artists. Recent examples include local percussionist Louis Siu, Taiwanese conductors Dirk Duhei and John Ku, and American conductor Paul Hondorp. Since the 1970s, CU Chorus has consistently engaged in interflow activities with choirs in mainland China and southeast Asia; cities visited include Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tainan, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore and Johor Bahru. Beside interflow activities, CU Chorus was also invited to various guest performances overseas, including the 20th Macau International Music Festival in 2006, and the Thailand premiere of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony by Siam Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010.

To lay a better foundation for its never-ending artistic pursuit, CU Chorus established charitable organization status with “CU Chorus Association” (a limited company) in January 2012. The new governing body, with its finer division of labour in artistic, management and administrative aspects, could facilitate the collaboration of CUHK undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni in their efforts to boost CU Chorus — a group coming from and basing in CUHK — to ever-greater artistic heights.