Israel Lai | composer
the flock: composing-performing musical collective

the flock: composing-performing musical collective

the flock is a Manchester-based ensemble dedicated to representing the voice of Hong Kong in the British new music scene and fostering integration and cultural exchange with the growing Hong Kong diaspora. We are made up of composers, music creators, and performers interested in new music, who collectively participate in workshops and performances of each other’s work.

A music creator’s creativity is a sum of their life experiences; whether intentional or not, traces of our culture and worldview shape and influence our artistic work. This project hopes to bring these perspectives to the fore.

【作曲雞】係曼徹斯特嘅一個新音樂團體,旨在喺英國新音樂界裏面,放大香港嘅聲音,促進海外港人羣體同本地音樂家嘅文化交流、融合。我哋由作曲家、音樂創作者、對新音樂有興趣嘅演奏家組成,大家會一齊參與工作坊、表演,互相演奏對方嘅音樂。

音樂創意源於人生閱歷,不論有意無意,我哋嘅文化同世界觀都會喺藝術作品滲透出嚟。呢個計劃正正係希望將呢啲唔同嘅視野、角度帶畀觀眾。

What is new music? 咩係新音樂?

I define new music as music whose creative process occurs in the current era. Usually, that involves a living composer.

New music does not have to adhere to a particular style, but ideally it exhibits creativity.

我將「新音樂」定義為創作過程喺當代發生嘅音樂,通常會係現今在世嘅作曲家作品。

新音樂唔需要係特定風格,但係會帶有創意嘅元素。

Aims 目標

  • To improve representation of Hong Kong culture in the UK/European new music scene(s)
  • To offer composers a relaxing and sustained environment to experiment with ideas
  • To introduce repertoire, techniques, and compositional processes to fellow composers and players
  • To enable conductors to gain experience with contemporary music (if necessary)
  • To have fun
  • 提升香港文化喺英國/歐洲新音樂界嘅可見度
  • 製造一個放鬆、持續嘅環境,畀作曲家做唔同嘗試
  • 向其他作曲家、演奏家介紹唔同嘅作品、技巧、創作方式
  • 幫指揮累積現代音樂嘅經驗(如有需要)
  • 過癮

Regular activities 定期活動

As the name implies, our ensemble’s main activity consists of regular compositional workshops. While we may not be professional contemporary music performers, we offer each other the opportunity to revise and continually improve our work, from early stages of composition to a final product.

With prior notice, members of the public are welcome to observe and freely exchange ideas.

the flock makes its public debut on 11 July, 2024.

顧名思義,我哋樂團主要嘅活動係定期嘅作曲工作坊。雖然我哋未必係專業嘅現代音樂演奏家,我哋畀各位作曲家機會,由初步嘅諗頭,到最後嘅成品,可以持續噉改進作品。

公眾只需要預先通知,就歡迎嚟旁聽工作坊,自由交流。

作曲雞將喺2024年7月11號首演!