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Hong Kong concert marks 130 years of London College of Music

World class musicians and performers have gathered in Hong Kong to hear a performance by world renowned Chinese pianist Liu Shih Kun at an event to celebrate the 130th anniversary of London College of Music.

The event also marked the graduation ceremony of the 2017 Hong Kong graduates of LCM, who received their certificates from Professor Peter John, Vice Chancellor of the University of West London. Mr Hins Cheung, a leading Hong Kong singer, was also conferred the award of Honorary Master of Music in recognition of his achievements and contributions to the art of music.

LCM was founded in 1887, and is now the largest specialist music and performing arts institution in the UK. It is one of the eight Schools of the University of West London. In 1944, His Majesty’s College of Arms granted a patent of Armorial Bearings to LCM, and this still appears as a watermark on all the College’s certificates and diplomas.

Speaking at the event, Professor John said: ‘LCM was founded on the principles of offering music education to all who wish to learn, and I am delighted that this ethos continues to inspire our students and staff today. Our success is due to having exceptional staff, distinguished alumni, numerous honorary members and international partners whose engagement makes LCM the institution we are all so proud of.

‘Looking ahead, we will continue to meet audience and industry needs for globally diverse talent and I believe we are uniquely placed to address these challenges through our international programmes and networks.’

Professor John also thanked Dr. Wilson Sea, Chairman of the China First Capital Group Limited (CFCG), the University’s new strategic partner in China, for supporting this event.

Dr Chu Ching Hong, JP, Chairman of Hong Kong Musician Association, has been the representative of LCM in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China since 2008. He said:  ‘I have witnessed the tremendous growth of LCM in all respects within the region, which include the drastic increase of exam candidates, the set-up of Master of Music program in Performance in Hong Kong, as well as the DMus degree in Music in Guangzhou. I believe that LCM will continue to bring top quality music education to us, and becoming a leading institution in our regions.’

To celebrate the special occasion, LCM staff and alumni alike made appearances in the concert. Mr Liu Shih Kun, who is the consultant of LCM Hong Kong, performed in collaboration with the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Orchestra in the piano concerto “Yellow River Piano Concerto (4th Movement).  The new Honorary Master recipient, Mr Hins Cheung, selected two of his biggest hits and rearranged them into classical music for the graduation performance, a manifestation of his passion and ability in music production. His singing was also accompanied by the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Orchestra.

The Xinghai Conservatory of Music, international partner of LCM, also joined the celebration with a fantastic performance, ARIA from “IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA”. Playing the leading roles in the opera were Mr Guodong Feng, praised as “the most powerful, the most watched young Baritone of China” and winner of 5 national government singing competitions, and top Chinese mezzo soprano Ms Wang Hongyao, who frequents the concert stage with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Miss Wang also devotes herself to music education in China and is now assistant professor in Voice and Opera of Xinghai Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Jeff Sze, Political Assistant for Education Bureau, HKSAR, attended as guest of honour. Other distinguished guests invited to LCM 130 Years Anniversary Concert cum Hong Kong Graduation Ceremony included: Professor Terry Au, Vice-President and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Staffing and Resources), The University of Hong Kong; Mr Gabriel Leung, Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong; Ms Tracy Wong, Vice President, Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education; and Mr Stephen Chan, President, The University of Hong Kong Staff Association.

About London College of Music

London College of Music is the largest specialist music and performing arts institution in the UK. The college offers an impressive range of innovative courses, respected worldwide and delivered with creativity and passion. Located in the heart of the UK's music and media business and supported by state-of-the-art facilities, most of the teaching staff are active in industry, bringing relevant and cutting-edge experience to prepare students for successful careers in tomorrow’s music industry. Founded in 1887, this year LCM is celebrating its 130 year anniversary. LCM officially became an All Steinway School on 23 October 2011, making it the first London university to receive All Steinway School status. 

About the University of West London

The University of West London (UWL) has a reputation for high quality education closely linked to employment, with 97.1% of our graduates in employment within six months of graduating (HESA data, July 2017). Everything we do is designed to equip our students with both the academic knowledge and practical skills to succeed in their chosen careers. In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, the University was rated Best University in London for Student Satisfaction (multi faculty).

Over a nine month period, UWL has achieved the biggest increase in three independent league tables in the UK – climbing 37 places to No. 84 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, rising 27 places to No. 79 in The Complete University Guide 2018 and 38 places to No.58 in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

In June 2017, UWL was awarded Silver in the first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), recognising our strategic and innovative approach to curriculum and teaching excellence linked to employability, and our focus upon a positive student experience. Within TEF, UWL was the highest ranked University for students in employment or study six months after graduation.

Our success has been underpinned by dynamic growth following major investment in excess of £150m across our three campus sites.

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