In light of the current situation, Lecture-recital: Everlasting Cantonese Music - East meets West in the 1930s and 1940s due to take place 26 July 2020 (Sunday) has been cancelled. For more information please see our Ticketing Arrangements page or contact us at (852) 2200 0022,

Extra evening session added by popular demand

In the 1930s and 1940s, Cantonese music players began to incorporate Western and jazz musical styles and instruments like the xylophone, violin, saxophone and drum set into their performances. The trend gave rise to a new form of music that flourished in Hong Kong and southern China. Known as “spirit music”, the lively, offbeat style was rooted in Cantonese music and gained prominence especially in teahouses, dance halls and nightclubs.

In this lecture-recital, Professor Yu Qiwei, Head of Chinese Music at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, explores the cultural impact of the genre. Taking reference from The Essentials For Strings and Vocal Music – the first-ever Cantonese music textbook, written by renowned master Yau Hok-chau and published in 1916 – Yu also looks at the role and function of spirit music during the Second World War.

The event includes performances by the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble showcasing familiar works, such as In Celebration of Good Times by Yau Hok-chau, The Lion Dance and Breaking up the Battle Arrays by Lui Man-shing, The Peacock in its Full Glory by Ho Tai-so, and a medley of classics by Chan Man-tat.

Artistic Team:
Presenter: Yu Qiwei
Moderator: Frederick Lau
Curator: Tung Tsz-ching
Performers: Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

26 July 2020 (Sunday)


Tea House Theatre, Xiqu Centre



Half price for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, wheelchair users with a companion, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients and full-time students. Ticket holders must present proof of eligibility on admission.

Wheelchair users and people with disabilities are entitled to one ticket at a concessionary price and one additional ticket at the same price for a companion. If there are more than two people in your party, all other tickets will be at standard price unless the party members qualify for a concession in their own right.

Group Booking Discount:

  • 10% discount for single-transaction purchases of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% discount for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% discount for 20 or more standard tickets.


For enquiries, please call (852) 8202 5357 during office hours.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

Co-presented by:
The Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon and the Centre for Chinese Music Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Produced by:
Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

Professor Yu Qiwei

Professor Yu QiweiRenowned Chinese gaohu master Yu Qiwei graduated from the Music Department of the Guangdong Provincial Academy for People’s Art in 1975. Recently appointed Head of Chinese Music at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, he is a former director of the Yu Qiwei Office for the Research of Cantonese Music and a former instructor of the master degree programme at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou. Yu is a member of the Chinese Federation of Musicians and the vice president of the Guangdong Provincial Federation of Musicians.

In 1992, Yu was honoured as a Specialist with Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts by the China State Council and subsequently granted a lifetime allowance by the government. He took the top prize in the 1982 National Competition of Folk Instrumental Music and received a Chinese Golden Record Award in 1989 for his rendition of Woodland Sunset. As a national delegate, Yu has performed across Asia, Europe and the United States. His major publications include The Art of Cantonese Music and An Anthology of Master Pieces of Cantonese Music: Editions performed by Yu Qiwei. He has released over 50 compact discs in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

Windpipe Chinese Music EnsembleFounded in 2003, the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble supports local talent and promotes Chinese music culture in Hong Kong. The ensemble has held over 650 concerts, premiered more than 50 works by Hong Kong composers and represented Hong Kong in cultural exchange performances in over 20 countries and regions in Asia, Europe and North America. The ensemble has also collaborated with a number of international and local maestros.

Tickets of additional evening session available from 9 July 2020 (Thursday) at 10:00am.

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