Author Archives: Adrian Walter

Young Talent Time

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A very special Academy concert took place on the weekend which put the spotlight on the Academy’s young talent. The concert featured two of the Junior Music Programmes’ choirs, the Chinese Music Ensemble and the Junior Symphony Orchestra. A cracking performance of a movement from Mendelsohn’s 4th Symphony highlighted the quality and depth of training our young musicians receive. This was again highlighted in the performance by the Chinese Music Ensemble that someone commented would make us proud wherever they performed.

There are clearly some wonderful things going on in this most important area of the Academy’s work – if you get the chance please join us for one of our Junior Music Programme events during our 30th Anniversary Year. I am sure you will be as impressed as I was and most importantly have a wonderfully entertaining time.

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The Bard’s Birthday Bash

Celebrating Shakespeare 450th birthday was a wonderful way to highlight the upcoming Academy production of the Taming of the Shrew, one of our major 30th Anniversary Year events. This extraordinary and innovative production draws together all the Schools at the Academy and truly fulfils the Academy’s vision of creating a cross disciplinary creative learning space in a city that is renowned as a unique point of intersection between Eastern and Western cultural practice. I am sure everyone will be intrigued to see how we weave a play within a play showcasing the extraordinary Cantonese operatic tradition.

Our Chair of Drama, Professor Ceri Sherlock, drew attention to Shakespeare’s work as a creative, collaborative innovator who was worldly wise and understood the demands of the industry. Shakespeare had that special ability to be able to deliver what the audience wanted while at the same time creating works of art that challenged the entrenched and pushed the boundaries of traditions – one thinks of Bach and Mozart in the same vein!

For me Shakespeare was first and foremost a consummate storyteller, something all of us in the performing arts aspire to be, whatever our medium of expression.

Join us on the 9th and the 10th of May for this special event but get in quick as without doubt it will be a sell-out performance.

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An Impressively Professional Production

Over the four day Easter break our team at EXCEL presented six high octane performances a day at the Hong Kong International Airport. Based on the Wizard of Oz this ‘tailor made’ production entertained a large number of people being ideally placed in the arrival hall. What better way to while away the time while waiting for colleagues, friends and loved ones to arrive – clearly those at the airport agreed and thoroughly enjoyed the twenty minute show.

The Airport Authority spared nothing and committed to very high production values that made the experience very special for all involved.

Something quite unique that I hope to see continuing into the future – a great relationship for the Academy that gives our students a very special performance opportunity indeed.

Congratulations to the EXCEL creative team led by Alice van Kapel and Charles Teo and of course all the young performers who shone as the stars of the show.

And a big thank you to Rebecca Ho and the Airport team for their support.

Have a look at the YouTube clip at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK0lvgkgkZI#t=18

Be sure to use some good headphones if you want to capture the full experience.Group Photo with Director (3)Airport 1A

Anniversary Open Day 2014

It was good to see such a strong roll up for our Anniversary Year Open Day. As the day progressed the crowds got bigger – as did the queues! The film and TV demonstration, which let our visitor’s make their own weather broadcast, was very popular – a quite extraordinary insight into behind the scenes technology showcasing our student’s skills.

Some special performances. Opera in the Atrium was very popular with passing audiences, here’s a shot of the Cantonese Opera show;

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Our dedicated Dean of Theatre and Media Arts conscripted his car into the service of the Academy.

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Had a great afternoon with the PAE crew at Sham Shui Po. Our Arts Mobile entertained a very responsive group of local residents at the Fu Cheong Estate. Wonderful support from the District Council and District Office and Bloomberg meant this could happen. A very important part of the Academy’s work.

Here’s ‘La Sax’ in action!

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The extraordinary creative community of Hong Kong

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This year provides a special opportunity for APA to really showcase its special strengths. No institution is so uniquely positioned to explore the dynamic and creative intersection between Eastern and Western cultural practice. We’re part of China and yet have a strong European heritage and a deep understanding of the associated artistic practices. I have become a great fan of HK contemporary dance since I arrived 18 months ago. Try our Dance 2 programme on May 9 & 10 – I am sure you will be delighted – original creative work at is best.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Adrian