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The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (abbreviated HKCO) is an orchestra of Chinese traditional instruments based in Hong Kong. It was established in 1977 and comprises 85 musicians. The Artistic Director and Principal Conductor is Yan Huichang.
The Orchestra is the only professional, full-sized Chinese orchestra in Hong Kong. The Orchestra is deeply rooted in the Chinese cultural heritage. Its performance format and repertoire include both traditional Chinese music and contemporary full-scale works. It also explores new frontiers in music through commissioning new works of various types and styles, and over the years, has commissioned more than 1,700 original compositions and arrangements. The Orchestra currently has an establishment of 85 musicians who perform in the four sections comprising bowed-strings, plucked-strings, wind and percussion instruments. Traditional as well as improved Chinese instruments are incorporated.
Born in Hong Kong,Chan Wing Wah may well be branded as a composer ‘Made in Hong Kong’. He has written over a hundred works including 8 symphonies. The first six were written for the western orchestras.