At the MedArt Charity Concert this year, enjoy a fun-filled, meaningful night brought to you by:
Paul Archibald is currently principal trumpet and Chairman of the London Mozart Players and principal trumpet of the Britten Sinfonia and Orchestra of St John’s. As a chamber musician he was a member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and is artistic director of English Brass and English Brass Academy. He is also a member of the innovative chamber ensemble, Fibonacci Sequence. His performing career spans many genres: classical, commercial, film, pop, folk, contemporary and he is currently musical director of Regent Brass, one of the UK’s finest brass bands. His arrangements and compositions are published by Brass Wind Publications and he is artistic director of his own label, Brass Classics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
GERARD SALONGA is currently the music director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra in Manila, and is in his second season as assistant conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in Manila, he is a four-time winner of the Aliw award (live performance awards), and was twice awarded the Philstage prize for his work in musical theater.
In 2012 Gerard was named music director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional orchestra in Manila maintained by Philippine broadcast giant ABS-CBN. In 2016 Gerard was selected to be one of the assistant conductors of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In this capacity he has assisted and covered maestros such as Jaap van Zweden, Yu Long, Jun Märkl, and David Stern.
He has guest-conducted the HK Phil, Philippine Philharmonic, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, The Evergreen Symphony, Bangkok Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestra Victoria, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. His arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by the HK Phil, New York Pops, Cincinnati Pops, and the RTE Concert Orchestra.
This season includes his subscription debut with the Philippine Philharmonic, as well as return visits to the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony.
MedArt Orchestra was established in 2008, consisting of a mix of professional musicians and amateurs who identify with the mission of MedArt and play for the forgotten people. The orchestra is made up of a mix of professional musicians from orchestras in Hong Kong, music teachers and medical personnel that have served in the China Orphan Outreach programme. All of the members, who perform pro bono, have set aside time in their usual routines to attend a week of intensive rehearsals prior to the concert. This year, around 80 musicians in the orchestra and some 20 brass players will perform.
Previous MedArt charity concerts have been described as “heartwarming”, “inspiring” and “memorable”. It also has been a rare opportunity as it brings together top musicians locally and overseas to work together for one single cause – to remember the forgotten.
“The cause prompted among the players a gravity that produced an earnest music-making effort rarely felt in a paid concert…[Musicians] tackled the long work with focus and depth, overcoming technical challenges through a conviction that they were helping society’s forgotten.” – South China Morning Post, 2015
David Nolan has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Tokyo Geidai and has been a guest professor at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music since 2009. Originally from Liverpool in England, Nolan started playing violin at a young age and went on to study at Royal Manchester College of Music. He has served as concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1976 to 1992, and at the Royal Opera House Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. In 1999 he became Solo Concertmaster of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as guest concertmaster with London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in Fields, London Sinfonietta and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Ma Wing Cheung – a sand painter and Pastor care of Art; graduated from the Alliance Bible Seminary, he was employed at The Church of Christ in China – The Convenant Church and served at the ART@LDC project by the Society of Boys’ Centres. A self-taught sand painter since 2010, Ma has taken part in numerous creations and performances, including the first Sand Painting Performance by the Disabled Association (ADAHK) – “Affection of the Seasons”, the outdoor performance at the Lunar New Year Lantern Carnivals organised by LCSD, the 10th anniversary production “Goddess” with the established Hong Kong theatre group “ONE/EIGHT”, and the sand art character in “The Curious Incident of A Little Girl” created in collaboration with Threewoods Playwright. A distinguished piece he created with the Hong Kong Fringe Club under the theme “Sandvolution” received enthusiastic response. In recent years, Ma actively performs and conducted workshops for different levels of talents at various organizations, NGOs, venues and festivities.