In August 2020, I finished my MPhil at the University of Oxford.
Due to the pandemic, I am not to be formally conferred my degree until late 2022.
Nevertheless, I have officially begun my new journey!
I am now studying for a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Manchester, with Prof Camden Reeves.
Despite the logistic hardships, UoM has been a welcoming community, and it’s been fun to explore the big city.
Stay tuned for more updates and more music!
Bou6, which was made available online last year, has now been fully subtitled in English (original), French, and Cantonese. Please feel free to share with your friends, especially if they have previously had difficulties following without subtitles!
I am excited to announce that I have been commissioned under the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Arts Go Digital Platform scheme for workshops entitled Decoding Creativity: Interactive Platform for Contemporary Music Appreciation.
I will be writing a piece for a jiwu-guzang duet that draws heavily on observations and phenomena in our age of online meetings and performances. It is a piece that can only be performed through an online platform. Writing for unfamiliar instruments in such an aleatory setting will be a welcome challenge.
The piece will be workshopped and performed in the first half of 2021.
This year has been very different and full of unexpected turns, to say the least. Amidst all the academic work, I wrote and staged an opera. I hurried to Hong Kong, while the pandemic was still beginning, for my grandmother’s funeral.
Thanks to you-know-what, my last term at Oxford was completely cancelled—the term for which, like many Oxford students, I had a bucket list planned. Now it’s all up in ashes.
This is all without mentioning the, quite honestly, history-defining changes that have been taking place in my home town, and the ripple effect that has ushered in a new cold war.
Within all of this, I submitted my dissertation and will soon be a Master of Philosophy in composition. So, no big deal.
There are many factors playing into this, but my most likely next destination from here will be developing my artistry within the UK, working with different ensembles and music lovers here.
I already miss Oxford already, so I am sure it will always have a special place in my heart.
Birmingham, August 2020
My chamber opera, Bou6, was successfully staged on 26 and 27 November 2019 in two sold-out concerts of the Oxford Contemporary Opera Festival. The recording of the second night is now online, complete with English and French subtitles. All of my team worked very hard on this, and it’s very exciting that new audience around the globe will be able to watch the show and contemplate power dynamics in society through my personal perspective. Please do give it a watch and tell me what you think!
I will be workshopping my Suite, consisting of themes from the opera Bou6, with the Kreutzer Quartet. It will be an interesting way to experience the same ideas again but transformed into a different medium.
Date: 11 February 2020, 14:00-17:00
Venue: Ensemble Room, Faculty of Music, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DB
Just a few days after, I will also be workshopping my new orchestral piece Summer—finally completing my ‘four seasons’ Swedish Rhapsody cycle—again with the Oxford Philharmonic! This time it’s at a much more convenient location as well.
Date: 14 February 2020, 12:15-14:00, 15:00-18:00
Venue: Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY
John Traill, conductor
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Exciting news! My proposal to write a short opera set in the current social climate of Hong Kong, to be entitled Bou6, has been accepted by the Oxford Contemporary Opera Society. It will be staged in the end of November, as the newly created society’s second show, and first one to feature student works. My story will explore the ideas of riot and tyranny and how they are created and labelled.
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
Venue: Silk Hall, Radley College
Kennington Road, Radley, Abingdon OX14 2HR
St Giles Orchestra
I’ve been selected to workshop my new choral work, Esclesia, with the BBC Singers. I am incredibly glad to be able to work with a choir of a national standard and recognition. Please join me in London!
Date: 4 March 2019, 10:30-13:30
Venue: BBC Maida Vale Studios, Delaware Road, London W9 2LG
Continue reading “Workshopping with the BBC Singers!”
Grace Rossiter, conductor
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