Prison Yard Festival: Music from within

Goldberg illuminations

Prison Yard Festival: Music from within

West to east meanderings

Ligeti 100

Beethoven by Moonlight

Weekend Yard Music

Wong Time to Play

West-Eastern Divan Ensemble (Hong Kong Debut)

Tai Kwun Conversations

il Pomo d'Oro & Jakub Józef Orliński (Asian Debut)

Prison Yard Festival: Music from within 2022

Beethoven by moonlight

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Solitary reunion

Goldberg illuminations

LENK's Quartet for the End of Time

Prison Yard Festival: music from within (Jan 2022)

Date & Time

2 - 3 Dec, 2022 7pm


JC Cube




Piano Sponsor:

Tai Kwun’s intimate auditorium the JC Cube is perched above the Prison Yard and adds a remarkable dimension to the concert experience with its wide, architecturally framed window on the yard revealing the austere Prison Wall, the concrete and metal boldness of the galleries, the Victorian arches of D Hall and the leafy treetops of its mini-forest. Tai Kwun’s unexpected and occasionally eccentric collision of historic and contemporary architecture has inspired a completely new look at one of classical music’s landmark compositions.

In tackling JS Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations for the first time, acclaimed Hong Kong pianist Rachel Cheung has collaborated with the highly creative lighting designer Amy Chan to delve into the complex symmetries, mathematical puzzles, inversions, reversals and mirror images which, at times, make this baroque score look like a book of patterns designed by Escher and borrowed by Rorschach.

Across the vast span of its two arias and 30 variations, the Goldberg Variations will be revealed literally in a new light as two of Hong Kong’s brightest artists devise a completely new concert experience.



Performed by Rachel Cheung

Lighting Design by Amy Chan

J.S. BachGoldberg Variations, BWV 988

Duration: Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes without intermission

Ticket Discounts

Patrons may enjoy one of the below discount schemes for each purchase where applicable:

  • 40% off for Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and full-time students. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • 15% off for Tai Kwun Fans with valid discount code. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Prison Yard Festival Package Discount

  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 2 different concerts (10% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 3 different concerts (15% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 4 different concerts (20% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 5 different concerts (25% off)
  • These discounts do not include the concerts of "Il Pomo d'Oro & Jakub Józef Orliński"


  • For wheelchair user, please purchase tickets via URBTIX
  • Latecomers will not be admitted
  • Recommended for ages 6 and above


Rachel Cheung
Amy Chan

Young Steinway Artist and Cliburn finalist Rachel Cheung was an early crowd favorite in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, earning the audience award for “outstandingly lyrical” playing that showed “nobility in her interpretation” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). In 2016, she was awarded the special prize at the New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition, which included a Carnegie Hall debut in 2018.

Also a prize winner in the 2009 Leeds, 2010 Chopin, and 2012 Geneva International Piano Competitions. Ms. Cheung has collaborated with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Orchestra de chambre de Paris, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony and was on concert tour with the Asian Youth Orchestra. She has performed recitals at the Auditorium du Lourve in Paris, London’s Steinway Hall, the Richmond Hill Center for Performing Arts in Toronto, the Robert Schumann Saal in Düsseldorf, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, among others.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Rachel graduated with first class honors at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the tutelage of Eleanor Wong, and later studied with Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music, where she was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists. Rachel was awarded Artist of the Year (Music) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2019.

Light and theatre artist, focusing on the musicality, performativity and theatricality of light in theatre and installation, and the in-betweens of light-music, and arts-medicine. Her major works include light installation-performance Inter-Face, Things That Talk and Morbid Anatomy, and solo light installation Memento Mori: Sonata for Light (presented by Lumenvisum).

She is active in cross-disciplinary light collaboration, working with celebrated artists, composers and musicians including Ellen Pau, Ken Ueno and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, in various productions such as production co-presented by M+ and Art Basel, New Vision Arts Festival and West Kowloon Freespace Jazz Fest, etc., covering art museum live performance, music installation performance, music of various genres and free improvisation. She has also designed light for over 80 performances, art gallery and installations, including A Tree to be Found, the award-winner of Hong Kong Arts Biennial 2003 and a collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art.

A Master of Fine Arts (with distinction) graduate of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, major in lighting design, with focus on light in postdramatic theatre, her artistic research was published in peer-reviewed journals such as Performance Research and Critical Stages. She was an invited speaker of Postdramatic Theatre Worldwide Symposium in Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany in 2019.