Ying Wa Primary School Symphonic Band to London
31 July 2019 - 4 August 2019  
Imperial College London: Woodward
English Music Academy hosts Ying Wa Primary Senior Band members for a 4-day Chamber Music Course in London. As part of its visit the band will also perform at St Martin-in-the -Fields on Thursday, 1st August 2019

Ying Wa Primary School Symphonic Band, under the professional leadership of their Music Director Ms Eleanor Luk Yin-hung and Chief Conductor Mr Maurice Poon Po-choi, will be working with English Music Academy tutors from 30th July to 4th August 2019. The players will receive coaching as part of a chamber music course and rehearse and perform pieces prepared specifically for their ensembles. The course will conclude in a final concert at St Peter’s Church, Notting Hill at 4.30pm with a party and ceilidh on the evening of Saturday, August 3, 2019.

During the London visit the band will be performing at St Martin-in-the-Fields as part of its regular concert series. More details and BOOKING INFORMATION here.

The tutors will also be working with the children to develop productive practice methods, technique, musical appreciation, stage presentation and maintaining peak performance. Of course, team bonding, socialising and learning more about London life and British culture will be an important part of the band’s visit to London so we’ll be organising some great sightseeing ventures including a boat trip down the River Thames and a day out at Windsor Castle.

Wednesday 31 July

9:00-9:40 Warm-ups
9:45-11:00 Wind, Brass & Percussion groups
11:30-12:30 Mixed ensemble groups
12:35-1:00 Theory quiz
2:00-3:30 Masterclasses with specialist tutors
4:00-6:00 Band Rehearsal

Thursday 1 August
9:00-9:40 Warm-ups
9:45-12:00 Band rehearsal
2:30-5:00pm Rehearsal in St Martin in the Fields
7:30-9:30pm Concert at St Martin in the Fields

Friday 2 August
9:00-9:40 Warm-ups
9:45-11:00 Wind, Brass & Percussion groups
11:30-12:30 Mixed ensemble groups
12:35-1:00 Theory quiz
Free individual sightseeing;
4:45pm-8:00pm Crown Pier boat trip

Saturday 3 August
9:00-9:40 Mixed ensemble groups
9:45-11:00 Masterclasses with specialist tutors
11:30-12:30 Wind, Brass & Percussion groups
2:00-4:00pm rehearsal in St Peter’s Church, Notting Hill
4.30-5.30pm Concert St Peter’s Church, Notting Hill
7pm Dinner, party and ceildh

Sunday 4 August
Day visit to Windsor Castle

Ying Wa Primary School Symphonic Band
Founded in 2009, the Ying Wa Primary School Symphonic Band is regarded as one of the finest school bands in Hong Kong. Over 80 young musicians, aged 6-12, develop their repertoire of works from differing styles and periods through weekly rehearsals. They receive training highly focused on intonation, sound projection, phrasing and ensemble skills. Hong Kong-based Ying Wa Symphonic Band participates in competitions every year. Since 2009, they have obtained numerous honours including Gold Medals and Champions in the Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows Competition and the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.

In 2012, the team was awarded Gold Prize with Honour and Grand Prize at the 21st Century International Arts Festival 2012 (Genting, Malaysia) – Band Competition. In 2014, the team was crowned international champion again, winning the 2014 Yamaha National Band Championships (Concert Band Junior C Grade) held in Brisbane, Australia. On its most recent trip to Europe in 2017, the band made the unprecedented move to enter the 18th World Music Contest (WMC) in the Netherlands The Band received the “Gold Medal” in Harmony 3rd Division and one of the Bassoonists was given ‘Best Soloist’ award
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