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Hong Kong Philharmonic Announces New Governance Structure


Hong Kong, 7 November 2006 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Society today announced a new governance structure aimed at providing long-term stability and strategic direction for the Hong Kong's flagship orchestra.

Since the Orchestra's establishment as a professional ensemble in 1973, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society has been governed by a two-tiered governance structure comprising a Board of Governors and a General Committee. The term of office of the General Committee, with full responsibility for overseeing the management of the Orchestra, was one year, leaving open the possibility of major changes in membership from one year to the next.

From 7 November 2006 when the new governance structure will come into effect, those two bodies will be combined into a single Board of Governors with responsibility for the overall management and direction of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

"The new governance structure was passed unanimously by the Voting Members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society. Under this new structure, there will be up to 20 members and their two-year terms will be set up to overlap, thereby reducing the potential for major change in membership at the end of any term," said Chairman Edward Ho. "Except for a maximum of six members appointed by the Government, board members will be elected from amongst the Society's voting members."
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has undergone a transformation in the last two years since the arrival of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart, who has set the Orchestra on a path to pursue artistic excellence, greater community awareness and international renown.

"As the Orchestra sets its sights on the long term objectives of Maestro de Waart's artistic vision, the new Board of Governors will provide the stability to make plans and commitments further into the future," Mr Ho commented. "This change in the governance structure has been discussed in great detail among the existing members and I am especially grateful to our major funder, the Hong Kong Government, and in particular to the Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho, for supporting this development. We are confident that our new governance structure will enable us to bring higher and higher levels of performance to more and more people in Hong Kong and abroad."

The new Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society will be made up of the following members:

Mr Edward ST Ho, SBS, OBE, JP, Chairman
Ms Joanne Chan
Ms Chen Qing
Mrs Michelle Ong Cheung
Mrs Janice Choi
Ms Brenda Chow Kam-wah
Mr Chung Shui-ming, GBS, JP
Mr Glenn Fok
Prof. David Gwilt, MBE
Dr Lillian Leong, JP
Mr YS Liu
Mr Nathan Ma Ning-hei, MBE, JP
Mr Daniel Ng Yat-chiu
Mr So Hau-leung
Mr Stephan G Spurr
Lady Ivy Wu
Dr Geoffrey Yeh Meou-tsen, SBS, MBE, JP

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is rapidly emerging as Asia's leading orchestra, since internationally renowned Edo de Waart joined as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor in the 2004/05 Season. Throughout the last three decades, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. It gives over a hundred performances annually, many of which are highly anticipated events in the city's cultural calendar. The Hong Kong Philharmonic reaches out to the community with such diverse activities as a comprehensive music-in-education programme for primary and secondary school students, performances at university campuses, an annual project with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to help nurture aspiring professionals, free pre-concert talks that provides in-depth knowledge of music and musicians and an open-air concert that gives the public free access to classical music.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is subvented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.