Hong Kong Young People’s Chorus (HKYPC), a local non-profit-making organization, was founded in 2005, with members consist of choral enthusiasts from both local and international choral scene, many of whom come from prominent participating schools in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Owing to the presence of some overseas members, rehearsals are limited and the choir usually performs twice each year. The Chorus’ repertoire spans from sacred to popular music, from classical to contemporary genres, striving to expose everyone to music of different styles and languages. To date, HKYPC has offered Bach’s St. John Passion, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Durufle’s Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem (chamber version), Ward Swingle’s Music History 101, as well as premiering pieces by budding local and contemporary composers.Apart from our regular and charity concerts, HKYPC has also appeared as the core chorus in Hong Kong Youth Wind Philharmonia’s rendition of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (Hong Kong Premiere); as part of the core chorus in RTHK’s production of Christmas Concert in the Park, and as the demonstration choir in the LCSD Music Appreciation Concert Series. HKYPC has also done a recording session for RTHK Radio 4’s programme Music of Friends. In July 2011, HKYPC was awarded the Gold Award in the Hong Kong International Youth and Children's Choir Festival 2011. In April 2012, HKYPC was one of the performing choirs singing Fauré’s Requiem with Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Yip Wing-sie, for Le French May Arts Festival & Hong Kong Sinfonietta Season opening concert; and in August, as one of the choruses singing in the Hong Kong Singfest Festival Finale Concert, conducted by Helmuth Rilling.
Founder & Music Director
Virginia Cheng began her piano studies with Amelia Chan, then Gabriel Kwok, and subsequently with Joshua Tsai in Sydney. She has also studied violin with Ngai Ho Chow, voice with Barbara Fei, organ with Wong Kin-yu, and oboe with Victor Tam.
Cheng has won various prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals. Also, she has obtained an LTCL Recital Diploma in Solo Piano from Trinity College London and a Licentiate diploma in Music, Australia (LMusA) from the Australian Music Examinations Board, and passed the Grade 8 exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music with distinction in the subjects of violin, voice and organ.
In recent years, Cheng furthers her conducting study by participating in conducting classes and master classes, studying under reputable maestros such as Joseph Flummerfelt, Kåre Hanken, Gábor Hollerung and William Weinert; she has also finished reading Master of Arts (Music) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Felix Shuen is currently the Music Director at Diocesan Boys’ School (DBS). Since 2007, he has served as director and conductor in various ensembles including the DBS choirs, Hong Kong Young People’s Chorus, Hong Kong Voices, I Cantanti, and several Eastman vocal ensembles. He received critical acclaim as one of the two chorus masters in SingFest 2013-2015, working closely with world-renowned maestro Helmuth Rilling. Under Shuen’s direction, the DBS Choir was awarded the Youth Male Choir Championship and Gold Medal in the World Choir Games 2014 in Riga, Latvia. Recently, He also led the DBS Choir to capture the Plateau A award and the Presenter’s Award at Midwinter Reno, Nevada, USA.
Shuen holds a Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music, studying conducting under William Weinert, Mark Scatterday, and Bradley Lubman. .
鄭氏近年參加多個合唱指揮大師班，跟隨Joseph Flummerfelt, Kåre Hanken, Gábor Hollerung 及William Weinert學習；並修畢香港中文大學文學碩士（音樂）課程。