41st Orchestral Season

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Music from the Heart

Date and Time
19/5/2018 (Sat)
8:00 pm
HKCO Recital Hall
Ensemble Concert
Ticket Fee
Chew Hee Chiat

Calling talented composers for an open challenge 

In appreciation of the compositional effort behind each piece of original music, the HKCO has been diligently introducing young composers with potential to Chinese music. Since 1999, we have made our ‘Music from the Heart’ series an avenue to this end by openly recruiting and performing new works, holding discussion forums etc., The purpose behind this is two-pronged: to encourage local young composers to put in their original works, and to keep the forward momentum of Chinese music with new energetic input. Over the years, the ‘Music from the Heart’ concerts have launched many composers to success. We are therefore calling out to all composers – this is your opportunity to let the world hear your music, so send in your work now!


Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra


The submitted work should be for ensemble and not for solo or concerto form. The duration should be within 10 minutes. The composition should be based on the configuration of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, to be played by a maximum of 38 pieces.
(For the 38-piece setup and the tonal range of instruments for the Chinese orchestra, please visit our website)
For any submitted work that is in violation of the rules set out in the prospectus, or is not in compliance with the submission requirements, the Organizer reserves the right to disqualify the said entry.

Submission deadline:

All submissions should be sent by mail to reach the office of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra not later than 6 April 2018 (by postmark date). Please mark on the envelope ‘Music from the Heart – Invitation for Original Compositions’. Each submission should include one full score, the Application Form duly filled in, the composer’s resume, brief introduction of the entry, a DEMO of the entry work, and a digital score stored in ‘Finale’(or ‘Sibelius’) and PDF formats.


Selected works will be performed by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in the Music from the Heart concert held on 19 May 2018. A nominal royalty fee of HK$5000 will be paid for the work selected and performed, and the composer of the said work may continue to be commissioned for arranging or writing new works by the Orchestra in the future. 

How to apply:

The Application Form can be downloaded from the HKCO website. For enquiries, please call (+852)3185 1606. 

* This open invitation is for holders of a valid Hong Kong Identity Card only.