The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Orchestra, formed under the auspices of the University’s Culture Promotion Committee, aims to provide students, staff and alumni with orchestral performance experience and, more importantly, ignite their passion for music.
The PolyU Orchestra has collaborated and performed with various guest conductors and musicians. Its debut performance was at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church, University of Cambridge, UK in the Cambridge Exchange Concert in 2013. The Orchestra has also performed with virtuoso violinist Yao Jue, PolyU’s
Artist-in-Residence 2014/15, as well as with other renowned artists.
Since 2016, Mr Leung Kin-fung, First Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, has been leading the PolyU Orchestra as Artistic Director and Conductor. The Orchestra received critical acclaim for its recent performance at the PolyU 80th Anniversary Launch Ceremony – A Prelude to the Celebrations, playing Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture. It also performed the Happy Birthday variations in a flash mob performance on PolyU campus, and the overture to Rossini’s La gazza ladra in the Classical Extravaganza Heritage Joint Concert with the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra at St Dominic’s Church, Macao. The Orchestra also took part in the Hong Kong Generation Next Arts Music Festival concert Legends and Legacies! with celebrated pianist Yin Cheng-zong.
In May 2018, the PolyU Orchestra performed Gershwin’s An American in Paris and two other concerto excerpts at Shenzhen Concert Hall, which was the first concert of the A Feast of Music Trilogy. In July, the Orchestra performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with guest piano soloist Ms Nancy Loo, Tchaikovsky’s iconic Swan Lake Suite and J. Strauss II’s Emperor Waltz in its first public concert – The Power of Passion – at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. In September, the Orchestra collaborated with the University of Stuttgart Academic Orchestra to conclude the Trilogy.
Looking to the future, the PolyU Orchestra will continue its long-term collaboration with eminent artists and art groups on international concert tours, as well as exchanges with overseas university orchestras and choirs.