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Phil Your Life

Phil Your Life

 

The HK Phil is excited to present a brand new programme “Phil Your Life”, fusing music with food, wellness and storytelling. This new programme is designed to brighten up lives in a light-hearted way by drawing the amusing connections between music and daily life.

 

Starting a new chapter of the partnership, Swire and the HK Phil join hands to develop new community initiatives. This new “Phil Your Life” programme aims to bring the general public one step closer to classical music and open the door to classical music for the new audience. The programme will reveal the vibrant, cosmopolitan culture of Hong Kong through the lens of the HK Phil musicians and their music.


Season 3: MUSIC X STORYTELLING

Featuring various visual art forms, such as stop-motion animation, paper puppet and sand art, Season 3 of "Phil Your Life" tells creative short stories catering for all ages to present fun facts about orchestra seating, Beethoven’s life and the evolution of musical style.


Episode 1: The Four Families Conflict

The first episode, titled The Four Families Conflict, demonstrates the rationale behind the current orchestral seating by portraying a dispute among four fictional royal orchestral families consisting of personified musical instruments.

 


Season 2: MUSIC X WELLNESS

The Season 1 of “Phil Your Life”– MUSIC x FOOD was launched in July 2021 with great acclaim, by blending music with the iconic foods in our “Food paradise” Hong Kong. With the support from Swire, we launch Season 2 of this brand-new programme – “Phil Your Life” – MUSIC X WELLNESS. See how HK Phil musicians will connect classical music with leisure activities by highlighting the power of music to enhance health and wellbeing. Starting from today, “Phil Your Life” – MUSIC X WELLNESS goes live with one episode per month on HK Phil website, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, WeChat and Bilibili! Follow our musicians for a wholesome experience. Stay tuned for the updates on HK Phil’s online platforms!


Episode 1: Harmony, Body & Soul

Season 2 opens with “Harmony, Body & Soul”, featuring our string players in their yoga practice session. How to strike a perfect balance between your soul and body, as you breathe in and out along with our musicians with Haydn’s light-hearted String Quartet “The Joke”? Watch the video to find out! Namaste!

 

 


Episode 2: Inspiration, Sky & Earth

Nature has always been a source of inspiration for art creation. Follow our Double Bass player Philip Powell brings to explore the beautiful landscapes of Hong Kong. Inspired by the encounter with a farmer, Phil plays I Walked Across the Field This Morning. This episode will conclude with “The Fairy Garden” from the Mother Goose Suite by Ravel to soothe your soul. Both composers love the nature which calmed their minds and let their creativity fly.

 

Performance of Mother Goose suite excerpt was pre-recorded earlier.

 

 


Episode 3: Challenges, Overcoming & Virtuosity

Both athletic and music performances require tough mental training to aid the talented explore, expand their potentials and go beyond their limits.  In this episode, HK Phil Concertmaster Jing Wang, Principal Viola Andrew Ling, together with table tennis trainers Thomas and Jody, will share similarities between playing in a table tennis doubles match and in a duet. They will also share their insights in overcoming challenges after challenges with the spirit of resilience and togetherness.

 

 


Season 1: MUSIC X FOOD

The HK Phil launches the first season of “Phil Your Life” – MUSIC X FOOD – in four episodes. Hong Kong is a “Food Paradise” and everyone loves the taste of Hong Kong. By blending music with the iconic foods of the city, everyone gets to share familiar flavours, and hope they will all want more!

 

Starting from 20 July, “Phil Your Life” - MUSIC X FOOD goes live with one episode per month on HK Phil website, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, WeChat and Bilibili! HK Phil musicians will pair music with food in a unique experience. Be sure to keep an eye on the HK Phil online platforms!


Episode 1: Fun Phil Tong Chong Street

Launching our “Phil Your Life” - MUSIC X FOOD series with Paganini's Caprices for Solo Violin, op.1, no. 24 re-arranged in Latin-American style, presented at the Tong Chong Street Market by our musicians – Wang Liang, Second Associate Concertmaster; Anna Kwan, cello; George Lomdaridze, Principal Double Bass; Raymond Leung and Sophia Woo, percussion. The Latin-American rhythm has a chill vibe which will surely cool you down during these hot summer days! It is definitely a perfect match to the icy drinks at the market too! Chillax and enjoy the video!

 

 


Episode 2: Overture to Colour, Aroma & Taste

Our Second Associate Concertmaster Wang Liang leads his way to taste Chiu Chow Daa Laang, presenting to you an Overture to Colour, Aroma & Taste! The Chiu Chow snacks platter is just like Bernstein’s “Candide Overture”, allowing audiences and foodies to start off the story with an appetizer, from bland to more flavourful items, a perfect preview to the “main dish”. As the boss says, food tastes better hot; enjoy the different textures of music and food right now!

 

 


Episode 3: A Yummy Bite of Music

For this “Phil Your Life” episode, our cellist Anna Kwan introduces you to her comfort food, also the most iconic Hong Kong food – Dim Sum. How does the soup dumpling share the complexity in textures and layers with Baroque music? How does shrimp siu-mai remind us of Bach, who’s regarded as the “Father of Music”? How do you compare the dainty and elegant Dim Sum to Mozart’s Serenade in B flat, K. 361, Gran Partita? Watch below to find out!

 

 

 

 


Episode 4: Music and the Human Touch

Satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings with HK Phil Trombonist Kevin Thompson, who visits a Cha Chaan Teng in the episode “Music and the Human Touch” to discover more about Hong Kong local food. Hong Kong’s signature Fried Chicken Drumsticks and Yuen Yeung bring up “Thoughts of Love” for the place we call home. Traditional dessert Sugar Puff is made intricately, its crisp and buttery texture goes along really well with the silky Yuen Yeung, just like the rich and flowing melodies of Beethoven’s Romances. Enjoy the warmth of Hong Kong and sip it all in!