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About Academy 30th Anniversary

As we commence 2015 I now have the pleasure of reflecting on wonderful 30th Anniversary Year in 2014.  The achievements of our Schools of Music, Dance, Chinese Opera, Film and Television, Drama, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts and EXCEL were all showcased during the celebrations.

We finished the year just before Christmas with a series of Alumni concerts – I can’t imagine a better way to close the year than by celebrating the success of our alumni. The concerts showcased three decades of outstanding Western classical music and Chinese music performers – some 140 Alumni travelling from far and wide to be with us.

These concerts were preceded by what for me was a major highlight of the year, our Symposium Asian Transformation: New Perspectives on Creativity and Performing Arts Education. This Symposium brilliantly showcased the unique attributes of the Academy and performing arts practice in Hong Kong. It also gave us the opportunity to engage with leading practitioners from the Mainland, the region and around the globe. It was very rewarding and uplifting to see the Academy so effectively engaging in a global community of practice.

Other key Anniversary year events affirmed the Academy’s commitment to cross disciplinary collaboration and capitalising on Hong Kong as a unique point of intersection between Eastern and Western cultural practice.

The cross Academy production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, with the play within the play set as a Cantonese opera, drew significant attention and generated some important discussion and debate as to the future development of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong. It was rewarding to see the Academy facilitating such a discussion and positioning itself at the centre of innovative new developments in the performing arts.

The title of the School of Dance’s major Anniversary year production said a lot about the Academy’s ethos and vision for the future – Crossing Bordersblurring boundaries.

Robyn Archer’s wonderful comment at the Symposium ‘the performing arts are a safe place to have a dangerous conversation’ resonated with many of the participants and audience members and highlighted the seminal role that the performing arts play in our lives and our communities.

The Academy is central to this role in Hong Kong and the 30th Anniversary gave us all a special opportunity to reflect on our three decade journey and where we have arrived today, and where our new Strategic Plan will take us in the next ten years   It also gave us an opportunity to celebrate the illustrious staff, students and alumni who have contributed so much to the Academy over the last three decades, helping to make it the significant institution it is today as it continues to transform and enrich the cultural life of Hong Kong.

Thank you to all donors, corporate sponsors and the general public who supported us with such passion during this special 30th Anniversary Year and helped us celebrate this memorable event.


Professor Adrian Walter AM

Director of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


Academy Alumni Homecoming Concerts

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20 December 2014  (Sat) 20:00

21 December 2014  (Sun) 15:00

22 December 2014  (Mon) 20:00

Venue : HK Jockey Club Amphitheatre

Admission is free, with tickets being available at the Academy Box office an hour before the concerts start.

More than 100 alumni from the School of Music will join together to present three concerts to mark the finale of the year-long 30th Anniversary celebrations.

Among the alumni are students from different generations including some who graduated in the 1980s and 1990s. For some, it has been a long time since they last saw each other and made music together on the same stage.

A vibrant and varied programme of music is being planned for the three concerts. The programme for the two Western music concerts includes a wide repertoire featuring strings orchestra, guitar ensemble, brass band, wind ensemble, vocal group, percussion group, and piano for six hands. Besides other pieces, each group will perform a short opening piece composed by composition graduates called One Minute on Stage.

The Chinese music concert will feature a number of local Chinese music groups formed by our alumni, some of which have been very active in the music scene including Four Gig Heads, Percussion Group, Zheng Music, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble and Chinese Music Virtuosi, as well as two of the principals from the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.

The Alumni Homecoming Concerts will take place on 20-22 December. Admission is free, with tickets being available at the Academy Box office an hour before the concerts start.


There will be different programme in the western music concert on 20 and 21 Dec.





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Academy Junior Music Programme Homecoming Concert

Date: 21 Sep, 2014 (Sun) at 3:00pm

Venue: HK Jockey Club Amphitheatre

Free admission: Tickets are available at the Academy Box Office at 2pm on the day. First come, first served.


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The concert marks the auspicious occasion of the APA’s 30th Anniversary. I am most delighted to be able to share the joy with all of you amongst the audience.

For the past three decades, the APA Junior Music Programme has been offering excellent education as well as cultivation to talented young music students, who over the years have become elite musicians who have made tremendous contribution to the music industry of Hong Kong.

As one of the alumni it is extremely gratifying to see, and perform again with fellow students from thirty years ago, some departed for various other professions, countries, or both, in this homecoming concert.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude on behalf of all performers to the Junior Music Programme which has been most gracious in organizing this concert. May I also reiterate my most heartfelt thanks for your attendance, and for your continuous support to the APA.


Yim Wan

Academy Alumni Association Executive Committee and Junior Homecoming Concert Co-ordinator