Welcome to the very first PPA Online Music Festival, “A Celebration of John Rutter’s Music”, which not only marks the 75th Birthday of one of the world’s most loved composers and his music, but also celebrates the first anniversary of Paul Phoenix Academy in Hong Kong. I’m thrilled that John has agreed to join me on the adjudicating panel, along with my friend and HK-based conductor, Ms Vivian Ip.
We are living through unprecedented times when making music together is not only challenging, but perhaps needed more than EVER. We have created our online festival to give as many people as possible an opportunity to take part and to support music publishing, at a time when commerce is under intense pressure.
We have even included a family (or ‘bubble’) category, enabling families and groups that are isolating together to take part. No matter where you are, you can share John Rutter’s inspirational music and uplift spirits, to help one another combat loneliness and create hope and joy, by singing the works of one of the world’s most celebrated composers.
Thank you and we look forward to watching your videos!
Paul’s long career in the music business spans five decades, from Ivor Novello Award winning Chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the 1970s, seventeen years and Grammy Award winner as Tenor in the King’s Singers (1997-2014), through to founder and Executive Director of PaulPhoenixAcademy in Hong Kong in 2019.....
John Rutter was born in London and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. He first came to notice as a composer during his student years; much of his early work consisted of church music and other choral pieces including Christmas carols. Since 1979 he has divided his time between composition and conducting. Today his compositions, including such concert-length works as Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, The Gift of Life, and Visions are performed around the world.
Hong Kong native Vivian Ip is an active orchestral and choral conductor, who has worked and performed in Hong Kong, the USA and Europe. Currently Music Director of Xing-er Symphony Orchestra, she led the orchestra to win the Gold Award at the 6th World Orchestra Festival in Vienna in 2018, where she also received the Talented Conductor Prize. She was the Winner of Special Prize in the 6th International Competition for Young Choral Conductors in 2011.
About the Event
Marking Criteria & Results
- Performance & Communication 30%
- Interpretation & Style 30%
- Vocal or Choral Technique 30%
- Presentation 10%
- Certificate signed by John Rutter, Paul Phoenix and Vivian Ip will be (distribute in Jan 2021
- Mark 60 or above: Written comment by John Rutter
- Mark 59 or below: Certificate of Participation