Christmas is a time of giving and in Tai Kwun’s Parade Ground the entire month of December celebrates the joy of giving, opening on 1st December with one of life’s greatest joys – the Gift of Music. Conductor Sanders Lau has hand-picked the finest professional choristers in Hong Kong to establish NOĒMA - a superb new vocal ensemble which has already asserted its musical identity with its impressive inaugural concerts and has already become a shining star in Hong Kong’s musical scene.
The Gift of Music is a free and festive concert of uplifting music from the baroque era by Handel, Corelli and Vivaldi performed side-by-side with exquisite 20th Century choral scores culminating in the beguiling Shaker song Simple Gifts – the theme and the sincere sentiment which embrace the entire month of free outdoor performances like a great big ribbon tied up in a bow.
Handel | Athalia, HWV 52: Overture
Vivaldi | Gloria, RV 589: I. Gloria in excelsis Deo
Handel | Messiah, HWV 56: Lift up your heads, O ye gates
Handel | Hercules, HWV 60: Crown with festal pomp the day
Corelli | Christmas’ Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op 6 No 8: III. Adagio - Allegro – Adagio
Handel | L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Or let the merry bells ring round
Vaughan Williams | Mass in G minor: Sanctus
Handel | Messiah, HWV 56: Glory to God
Vivaldi | Gloria, RV 589: X. Quoniam tu solus sanctus & XI. Cum sancto Spiritu
Traditional | Simple Gifts (arr. Joseph Ho)
Conductor: Sanders Lau
Fung Ka Hing
*Fellow of The Orchestra Academy Hong Kong, co-directed by HK Phil and HKAPA