The Classical Group was founded in 2016 by Dr Sylvia Chan, who grew up in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom a prize-winning pianist, soprano and chamber musician and is returning to the performing stage after spending more than 15 years away from it building a corporate and investment career.
The Group has a small vocal ensemble named Classical Singers that operates under the motto “brought together by beautiful music”, which had a successful first performance at St John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong in the summer of 2016, operating as an 8-part, mixed-voice ensemble and presenting works by Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Brahms, also giving the Hong Kong first performance of an 8-part a cappella piece by Ēriks Ešenvalds, “Only in sleep”. In 2017, the group was invited to perform at a concert at the Academy of Performing Arts appearing with artists including Warren Lee, Caleb Woo and Tanya Bannister.
Launching its “Reach for the stars” series in 2019 at Trinity College, Cambridge, UK, the group collaborated with pianist Olga Stezhko and astrophysicist Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell in a programme that revolved around stars, and earlier hosted a series of concert in its “Hear the song in the music” series with pianists Balázs Szokolay and Mary Wu, amongst others. The group re-starts live performing in 2022 with the “Give me a song” series that focuses on presenting composers’ most personal and representative pieces (their “song[s]”).
We think of our name “classical” as things that represent exemplary standards. Overall, our name reflects the value of discovering and rediscovering music of exceptional quality and performing them with exemplary musicality, intelligence and freshness, and a sheer joy in the music-making.
Mr Jimmy F.S. Chan, one of Hong Kong’s most respected baritones and a highly successful vocal teacher and choral conductor, advises us.
We have a 3-person Organising Committee presently served by Dr Sylvia Chan together with Ms Florence Chang and Mr Vincent Leung.
We are registered and classified as a “charitable institution” and is tax exempt under s.88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance of Hong Kong.