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Music for an Afternoon Tea

  • Date:Nov 15 (Mon)
  • Time:1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Venue:Kin Sun Square (Skylight Plaza), Lingnan University
  • Performers:Dr. Kimho Ip, Mr. Ken Ip, Mr. Saturnino “ Satur ” Tiamson, Jr., and Members of Hong Kong Metropolitan Pop Orchestra
  • Languages:Cantonese and English
Walk-ins welcome!


Fusion of dance music, jazz and Cantonese traditional music is a significant characteristic of old Hong Kong music, especially in the 1950-60s, with the influx of musicians from diverse genres of Shanghai jazz and western pop music. During the golden age of Canto-pop, Joseph Koo’s television theme songs in the 1970-80s informed the collective memories of a generation of Hongkongers. Light music is selected and shared from a variety of styles and cultural origins. Gathering for tea has a symbolic meaning for dialogue, open for intercultural and inter-generational exchange of ideas. It is also a time for enjoying music, taking a respite from our worries and problems in life.

    Programme sections (duration total 50 mins)

  • Tangos and More- 6 dances for Strings by Michael McLean (1966- )
  • Salt and Peanuts: drums solo
  • Selections from old Hong Kong popular songs, including Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre by Joseph Koo (1933- )

Dr. Kimho Ip, cello and yangqin

Ip received his Doctor of Philosophy in 2004 from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. He received awards from the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service in 1997 and the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies in 1998. In 2011 and 2014 he was invited to be a Research Fellow in the International Research Centre “Interweaving Performance Culture” at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. His research in intercultural performance has been supported by the Scottish Arts Council and the Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. Ip is active in playing both the cello and the Chinese yangqin. His major performances include appearances at the Sophiensaale in Berlin, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. He has also performed for Radio Holland and collaborated with the Dutch saxophonist Filip Davidse in creating and performing scores for silent films. He has been invited to give guest lectures in the United Kingdom and Germany as well as at Peking University in China. In Hong Kong, Ip is currently the Head and Professor of Practice at the Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit of Lingnan University.


Mr. Ken Ip, violin

Ip was first motivated to learn the violin by Mr. Ngai Ho Chow, and studied both the violin and the viola with Mr. Yam Tai Shan. At the age of nine, he was invited to perform in Guangzhou. He was a violin player and a viola principal of the St. Paul’s Co-Educational College symphony orchestra, and has since performed with the Pan-Asia Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra and the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra. In 1999, Ip returned to Hong Kong and has been focusing on violin making. He is the founder of the Hong Kong Metropolitan Pop Orchestra, and is currently their Artistic and Music Director and conductor.


Mr. Saturnino “ Satur ” Tiamson, Jr.,  drums and percussion

Hailed by Time Out magazine as one of the Top 20 Musicians in Hong Kong in 2008, Satur has performed in the (ATEG) Atlantis productions of Fun Home and as a percussionist in various orchestras. In 2016, he won multiple gold medals and was named Senior Division Overall Champion at the 20th annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA). In the same year he bagged second prize for the Drum Set Category at the 14th edition of the international Italy Percussion Competition organized by the Italy Percussive Arts Society, and was chosen by JCI Philippines as one of the Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines for Arts.

Hong Kong Metropolitan Pop Orchestra

Founded in 2013, the Hong Kong Metropolitan Pop Orchestra is made up of talented and passionate music lovers from all walks of life and explores different fields of music. Metro Pop believes that music allows people to express themselves and to value life and culture, helping to create a more joyful, peaceful and harmonious environment.