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A Tribute to Dr Solomon Matthew Bard

"The time has come to make a determined effort to upgrade it into a competent professional orchestra worthy of support," Dr Solomon Matthew Bard, Chairman of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society, declared at a press conference in 1973.

It was this statement, and all the strong will and efforts behind it, that marked a turning point for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, which held its first concert as a professional orchestra in January 1974. Dr Bard joined the orchestra as a violinist in 1948, when it was called the Sino-British Orchestra.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Society would like to express our deepest gratitude to Dr Bard, who passed away peacefully on 7 November. His determination and efforts paved a solid ground for the orchestra to develop into what it is today.

He will be dearly missed.

Hong Kong Philharmonic Society

In South China Morning Post (20 March 1985). Dr Philip Kwok Chi-kuen, Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn, Mr A. de O. Sales, Mr H. M. G. Forsgate, Sir Kenneth Ping-Fan Fung and Dr Solomon Bard (from left to right) celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director: Jaap van Zweden

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) is the city’s largest and busiest musical organisation and is a vital part of Hong Kong’s cultural life. With its roots stretching back well over a century, the HK Phil made its professional début in 1974. It has now evolved into an orchestral powerhouse in the region, and an acclaimed cultural centrepiece of Asia’s World City.

The HK Phil is formed on the belief that a great city deserves a great orchestra. Annually it presents over 150 concerts attracting 200,000 music lovers. Through its acclaimed education programme, over 40,000 young people have learned about orchestral music last year. Featuring an enviable roster of international conductors and soloists, the HK Phil performs a broad variety of music, with many concerts presented free; among them the annual Swire Symphony Under The Stars.

The Swire Group has been the Principal Patron of the HK Phil since 2006. Through this sponsorship, which is the largest in the orchestra’s history, Swire also endeavours to promote artistic excellence, provide access and stimulate cultural participation in Hong Kong, and to enhance Hong Kong’s reputation as one of the great cities of the world.

The HK Phil’s members come from every corner of the globe, with a strong core of Hong Kong musicians. In September 2012 Jaap van Zweden became the orchestra’s Music Director. Future years will see an ambitious series of new projects, with major international tours, renewed local partnerships and large-scale concert events. The HK Phil has commenced a multi-CD recording project for Naxos featuring works by Chinese composers and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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