樂樂國樂團

樂樂國樂團於1974年成立,以「發揚國樂、繼承傳統、持續創意、服務社群」為宗旨,是本港歷史最悠久及活躍的樂團之一,現為慈善機構(註冊編號:91/14321)。樂團先後獲邀於新加坡國家劇場、新加坡大會堂、中山市文化藝術中心大劇場(2013&2020)及澳門文化中心綜藝劇院演出,廣獲讚譽。
 
在音樂總監及首席指揮梁志鏘博士帶領下,樂團定期舉行水平卓越的音樂會,建立大膽創新、多元專業的形象。持續推出多元化的跨媒體音樂會,合作媒體橫跨傳统、流行到現代,包括中國水墨、朗誦、說書、微電影、沙畫、棟篤笑、動漫、現代舞蹈、手提電腦樂隊、數碼影像等。同時,銳意建立本地音樂品牌,堅持每場音樂會演奏香港作品,至今已累積了三十多部由本團委約的原創作品。並先後推出三輯本港作曲家作品專場,《維港˙不夜城》、《星夜心潮》及《香港原創音樂X微電影》音樂會。
 
樂團藝術定位清晰,以年青人為目標,不斷探索及突破固有藝術框架,於2014年集十多名專業菁英組成《喜動樂樂》室樂團,三度舉行專場音樂會,又與北京中央音樂學院聖風室樂團交流演出,追求專業藝術水平上的提升。去年《喜動樂樂》參加馬來西亞舉行的國際華族器樂大賽「南風杯」,榮獲公開組重奏金獎、個別成員奪青年組金獎及公開組銀奬,成為樂手繼續深造及晉身專業演奏的重要平台。
 
樂團表現出色,發展路向備受認同,2017年獲楊嘉輝博士邀請拍攝《樂團》錄像創作,作品於本港及蘇黎世發表。同年,獲邀為彭于晏及余文樂領銜主演的億萬票房電影《悟空傳》配樂,又應邀參加澳門國際藝術節的演出。樂團又積極投入教育及公益工作。教育方面,樂團於2016年成立音樂教室,開設樂器訓練班,致力培育青年樂手承傳中樂,並經常應邀到學校演出。公益方面,樂團送贈關愛門票予基層社群,並作慈善籌款演出,屢創佳績。

2020年是樂團發展的里程琕,獲香港藝術發展局資助《香港傳奇成立音樂會》,《香港傳奇》是樂樂成立的中西樂精英組合,集中發展富香港特色的原創音樂藝術。又成功獲批社區投資共享基金(CIIF)的撥款,啟動《樂樂社區-照顧者支援計劃》,首創以中樂培育、音樂治療及社區結網理念,為長者、傷殘病患照顧者提供支援,跨界別聯手共創可持續發展的關愛工程。
 
樂團將中國音樂推陳出新,演出水平及藝術路向廣受讚賞,持續的藝術創意工業獲得公營、個人及商業機構的資助,包括香港賽馬會、民政事務局、勞工及福利局、香港藝術發展局、香港作曲家及作詞家協會等。

樂團未來將堅持全方位在創意藝術、教育培訓及社會服務各方面持續貢獻,為中國音樂文化的傳承開創新天地。

Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association

Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association Limited and its orchestra (YYCMA), founded in 1974, is one of the long standing orchestras in Hong Kong. Registered as a charity organization in 2016 (registration number: 91/14321), the orchestra aims at promoting Chinese music and original works written by Hong Kong composers. Built on the Chinese heritage, the orchestra is adding new flavor and creativity to the sustainable development of Chinese music in Hong Kong, attracting audiences to enter the realm of Chinese music appreciation. In the past five years, the orchestra has commissioned over thirty original works written by Hong Kong composers in addition to three special concerts featuring Hong Kong compositions.  

Under the leadership of the current Music Director and founding conductor, Dr. Leung Chi-cheung, the orchestra performs highly acclaimed concerts in Hong Kong. The media praised the orchestra’s performance on their professionalism, creativity and innovations. Continual multi-media productions ranges from traditional, popular to cutting edge media, which include Chinese painting, calligraphy, poetry recitation, narration, standup comedy, sand painting, animation, micro-movie, modern dance, laptop orchestra, digital art, etc. Among its busy concert schedule in Hong Kong, the orchestra has been invited to perform in Singapore, Zhongshan and Macao.  In 2017, being recognized as an eminent orchestra in Hong Kong, YYCMA was invited by Dr. Samson Young to film in an experimental movie on the development of local orchestras in Hong Kong. The movie was screened in Hong Kong and Zurich. In the same year, the YYCMA orchestra was invited to perform in the 30th Macau International Music Festival, and record soundtracks for a Chinese fantasy-action-adventure movie, Wu Kong, directed by Derek Kwok.
 
Other than the core YYCMA orchestra which comprises 80 players, YYCMA founded another ensemble YY PopUp in 2016. The ensemble aims to pursuit a high artistic level, and enrich the culture of Chinese music ensemble performance in Hong Kong. It comprises dedicated professional musicians and award winning players. The group launched three major concerts since then and was often invited to perform in various events. In 2019, YY PopUp was awarded Golden Prize in the ensemble category of the Fourth Nan Fung International Music Competition held in Malaysia. Two of its members won Gold and Silver prizes solo categories respectively. In 2020, YYCMA is forming the Hong Kong Legends Chinese-Western mixed orchestra. The Hong Kong Arts Development Council sponsors its debut concert. The 15-player orchestra will focus on performing music featuring Hong Kong contents, including social issues, life style, love and affection, Chinese kung fu, etc. 
 
YYCMA has always been a staunch supporter of community and educational campaigns and actively involved in improving the lives of the less fortunate. In 2016, YYCMA founded the Yao Yueh Music Academy. The Academy is providing systematic and enjoyable tutorial to young people and the public at large. YYCMA also provides discount and free concert tickets to the under-privileged families through establishing a community support program. In 2016, YYCMA has become the first local orchestra to launch a crowdfunding programme for its Elderly Chinese Music Programme to foster inter-generation harmony. In addition, YYCMA is highly engaged in charity concerts arousing the public of the needs of the under-privileged and raising funds for them. Its commitment and dedication in community work has won YYCMA a 3-year project grant (2020-2023) offered by the government’s Community Investment and Inclusion Fund. The project aims to soothe the pressure and calm the emotion of the carers through Chinese music appreciation, performances, tutorial, music therapy, street booths and home visits; and energize the carers through engagement in performing in a self-sustained Chinese orchestra serving the community. 
 
The outstanding performances of YYCMA in music creativity and services in community have attracted sponsorship from various public and private organizations. As an independent art institution, YYCMA will continue to strive for excellence in Chinese music performance and serve fervently for the betterment of the society.

© 2020 by Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association

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