Concert Programme in Hong Kong
Under resident conductor Fanny Ma, or Shun Yi, the Hong Kong Festival Wind Orchestra will play a particularly attractive programme in their next concert on June 26, including three of my commissions, Awayday written by Adam Gorb for a BASBWE conference, Vranjanka by Kenneth Hesketh written for my series in memory of third son William, and Samurai by Nigel Clarke written for our RNCM tour to Japan in 1975. The programme is completed by a BASBWE College consortium commission from Hesketh, Danceries which I suppose we should now call Danceries 1, and the perennial Rhapsody in Blue.
Ma began her musical training on piano with Mr. Tse Pan Hang and clarinet with Mr. Carl Choi at her early ages. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2004 majoring in music. Her teachers included the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Assistant Principal Clarinet Mr. John Schertle, Dr. Manolete Mora in directed study and composition with Dr. Chan Hing Yan and Dr. Joshua Chan. She was awarded the Rayson Huang Scholarships in Music, The Hong Kong Austrian Education Foundation Scholarship and Bernard Van Zuiden Prize. In cessation to her study at University of Hong Kong, in 2006, Ma received a graduate assistantship to continue her master study in conducting with Dr. Paula Holcomb at State University of New York at Fredonia. During her master studies, she had also studied conducting with Timothy Reynish and participated in the Conductor's Guild Workshop and study under Maestro Harold Faberman, Maestro Raymond Harvey and Dr. David Rudge.