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City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) is one of Asia’s leading chamber orchestras and one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic cultural entities. Members are professional musicians experienced in playing a diverse range of styles from early music to tango, Bollywood and jazz. Since 1999 CCOHK has performed with many world-class artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Thomas Allen, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Mario Brunello, Julian Lloyd Webber, Edgar Meyer, Branford Marsalis, Richard Galliano, Sir Neville Marriner and The King’s Singers. The orchestra has also shared the stage with celebrities including Hayley Westenra, Richard Clayderman, Robin Gibb, Olivia Newton-John, Dame Edna Everage, Sandy Lam, Grasshopper and Hacken Lee.
On tour the CCOHK has made its mark in Italy and China, performing at historical locations such as the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and the San Filippo Teatro in LÁquila (since devastated by earthquake). At home the orchestra has performed for Hong Kong Ballet, Le French May Arts Festival, RTHK Radio 4, the World Harp Congress and The Hong Kong International Piano Competition, and has given world premieres of works by composers Detlev Glanert, Samson Young, Joyce Tang, Mao Yuan, Alexander Prior, Dobrinka Tabakova and Richard Harvey. Additional highlights include Celtic fusion concerts with Scotland’s The Whistlebinkies, Irish piper Davy Spillane and Mairead Nesbitt, and performances with The Vienna Boys’ Choir, The American Boychoir, the Warsaw Boys Choir, the Swedish Voices Chamber Choir and Choeur Britten (France). CDs include an internationally acclaimed release with Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri on OUR Recordings.
In addition to hosting masterclasses, workshops and soirées for kids, CCOHK has conceived, scripted and produced its own highly successful orchestral-theatre programmes aimed at engaging and educating children in Hong Kong. These include Magnificent Mozart, The Star Bach and the award-winning orchestra-theatre spectacular Bug Symphony. CCOHK was founded by artistic director and principal oboist Leanne Nicholls who was awarded a commendation certificate from the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government for outstanding contributions to the development of arts and cultural activities. French conductor Jean Thorel served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2016.