Music Ensemble Recordings

These are recordings of rehearsals of some of our schools larger music ensembles. The recordings include the Chinese Orchestra’s performance of In that Faraway Place. The Orchestra’s performance of Night on Bald Mountain and the Symphonic Band’s performance of El Camino Real.

3. The Chinese Orchestra: In that Faraway Place (在那遙遠的地方)

Type of Media: Video & Audio
Completed: March 2012
Created by: Stephen Richards
Video recording: Stephen Richards, Maggie Lai & Teresa Ng
Editing & audio recording: Stephen Richards


 
A recording of our Chinese Orchestra’s (中樂團) performance of In that Faraway Place (在那遙遠的地方). Two days later, the ensemble competed in the 64th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in the Chinese Instrumental Group (Intermediate Section) category and won the Champion award (Certificate of Honors – 91 marks). The song title is also translated sometimes as “In that Distant Place” or “In that wholly faraway place.” The medody is from a Kazaxh folk song collected by composer and ethnomusicologist Wang Luo-bin in Xinjiang. You can click on the closed captions icon (CC) to view information about the different Chinese musical instruments in this video.

MP3 Download: ww.box.com/s/hc1fj6kpmrfm0b8639zk

Conductor: Yim Kin-man 嚴健民
Composer: Wang Luo-bin (王洛宾)
Orchestral Arrangment: by Gu Guan-ren (顧冠仁)

 

2. The Orchestra: Night on Bald Mountain

Type of Media: Video
Completed: December 2010
Created by: Stephen Richards
Video recording: Stephen Richards & Florence Ha with additional footage by Natalie Liu and Albert Tsang.
Editing & audio recording: Stephen Richards


 
This is a video recording of our school’s orchestra performing Night on Bald Mountain(composed by Modest Mussorgsky / arranged by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov). The conductor is Mr Chiu Kai-keung. Our music department head, Ms Lee Siu-mei, is also instrumental in helping the band prepare for competitions and performances. The performance took place during Lam Woo’s 40th Anniversary Open Day on 19 November. The band performed twice, with the second performance being the one featured in the video (though we also included footage from the first performance). Mussorgky’s original work describes a witches’ sabbath on a mountain near Kiev in Russia. A version of the work, arranged by Leopold Stokowski, was made famous in the 1940 Disney animation Fantasia.

 

1. The Symphonic Band: El Camino Real

Type of Media: Video
Completed: March 2010
Created by: Stephen Richards
Video recording: Florence Ha, Natalie Liu, Joanne Tse & Stephen Richards
Editing & audio recording: Stephen Richards


 
This is a video recording of our school’s Symphonic Band performing El Camino Real (by Albert Reed). The conductor is Mr Chiu Kai-keung. Our music department head, Ms Lee Siu-mei, is also instrumental in helping the band prepare for competitions and performances. The performance took place during Lam Woo’s 40th Anniversary Open Day on 19 November. The band performed twice, with the second performance being the one featured in the video (though we also included footage from the first performance).

The recording was quite informal as all the studio team members, including myself, were busy with other duties. I just asked students who were around to help record the video using the two camcorders we had on hand. This is why some of the camera movement is a little wild and shaky at times, though I think the camera operators did a very good job of focusing on different sections and performers.

 

Technical Information

All three videos weer shot with Canon HG10 and HF10 camcorders and edited in Premiere Pro. Magix Audio Cleaning lab was used to clean up the audio recordings (e.g., remove the sound of air-conditioners and the street sounds in the background) and master the audio. The audio was recorded separately using a Roland R-05 digital audio recorder.

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