The Learners Chorus
The Learners Chorus was founded in 1979 by former members of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union Choir, who wished to continue their passion in choral singing nurtured during their student years. Its repertoire includes a wide spectrum of choral works, ranging from medieval plainsongs to contemporary jazz. In support of the local music scene, the choir has also performed commissioned works by distinguished Hong Kong composers, including Dr. Chan Hing Yan, Dr. Victor Chan, Dr. Daniel Law, Mr. Law Wing Fai, Dr. Phoebus Lee, Mr. Michael Mak and Dr. Richard Tsang.
The Chorus usually holds one major concert a year with the Learners Orchestra. Major choral works that have been performed in recent years include Bach’s Magnificat, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand”, Mozart’s Requiem, Prauliņš’ Missa Rigensis, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Rossini’s Messa diGloria, Rutter’s Magnificat and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. In addition, one or two smaller–scale concerts are held each year.
The Learners Chorus is devoted to the promotion of music among young people by inviting them to perform together. Since 2007, the Learners Chorus has invited more than ten different choirs from Hong Kong’s universities, secondary schools and children choruses to perform with us. Students are also given the opportunity to play in the Learners Orchestra alongside with professional players. Young choir members interested in choral conducting have been offered the chance to conduct the Chorus in various concerts. Talented young musicians at times are invited to appear as our guest performers. Learners Learning Concerts have been held in recent years to enhance choir members’ vocal skills through ensemble, duet or even solo singing.
Another project the Chorus has undertaken to fulfill its mission of spreading the interest in music among Hong Kong’s youth is its Student Ticket Sponsorship Programme. Since 2006, over 4,000 students, many first-timers, have been given tickets to our concerts, all sponsored by benevolent friends of Learners.
The Chorus is active in community and charitable work. Outreach concerts are presented from time to time at elderly homes, sheltered workshops, homes for the disabled, etc. Since 2003, Learners has presented twenty-one fund-raising concerts. Net ticket proceeds have been donated to various charitable projects of the Hong Kong Christian Council, including the “Rebuilding Village Clinics Project”, “Water Cellars for Homes Project”, “Rebuilding Collapsing Schools Project”, “Senior High School Sponsorship Project” and “School Library Books Project”, all in the Mainland. In addition, Learners has raised funds for A Drop of Life Limited (formerly Lotus Light Charity Society) to install water cellars in Gansu, and participated in their “Walk for Water” project. The Chorus also co-presented and participated in earthquake relief concerts for China.
By enhancing the learning of the young through our concerts and charitable projects, the Chorus strives to live up to the name of Learners in a fuller sense.