Conducting the St Giles Orchestra

25/01/2020 @ 19:30 21:00

Having won the Maestro conducting masterclass, I am given the opportunity to perform an overture with the St Giles Orchestra.

Gioachino Rossini: La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) Overture
George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F (Olga Jegunova, piano)
César Franck: Symphony in D minor

St Giles Orchestra

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St Andrew’s Church

Linton Road
Oxford, OX2 6UG United Kingdom
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Conducting masterclass with Peter Stark

I’ve been selected to take part in a conducting masterclass led by renowned conductor and educator Peter Stark. I will be rehearsing George Butterworth’s The Banks of Green Willow with the St Giles Orchestra, under Mr Stark’s guidance, and performing it in concert the same day. One of the participants will even be selected by the orchestra to conduct an overture in a later concert!

Date: 10 March 2019
Masterclass: 11:30–16:30
Concert: 17:00–18:00
Venue: Silk Hall, Radley College
Kennington Road, Radley, Abingdon OX14 2HR

St Giles Orchestra

Conducting Humperdinck again

Branching out from my usual composition workshops and performances, I’ve been selected to take part in a conducting workshop led by conductor-composers Dr John Traill and Dr Cayenna Ponchione.

By coincidence, I get to conduct Engelbert Humperdinck’s best known work, the Hansel and Gretel Overture, again, after leading the CUHK Student Orchestra in its annual concert in May 2018. The seminar and workshop also include Richard Strauss’ Don Juan.

Time to dust off my old scores!

Date: 2 March 2019, 9:30–12:30
Venue: Centre for Music, Bayswater Road, Oxford OX3 9FF

Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra

Israel Lai’s Graduation Concert

Piano recital and composition showcase by Israel Lai


Clifford Demarest: Rhapsody for organ and piano
Organ: Israel Lai
Piano: Alvin Leung

Israel Lai: Winter (2017)
Piano: Israel Lai

Israel Lai: Two Songs (2018)
Text by Chan Hong-to
Soprano: Karen Daley
Piano: Israel Lai

Israel Lai: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (2015-18)
Clarinet: Lai Tsoi-yin
Conductor: Israel Lai

Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in A major
Piano: Israel Lai

Wilhelm Stenhammar: Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.23
Piano: Israel Lai
Conductor: Jason Chau

(Encore) Israel Lai: Violin duet (2018)
Violin: Israel Lai, Trasy Leung