Top 10 Music Headlines, presented by RTHK Radio 4, is now in its 31st year. Each year, we invite listeners around the world together with professional critics, to tell us their choice of the top headlines. The news items are nominated by professionals in the music scene, and are based on their influence on cultural and academic development in Hong Kong. Newsworthiness is a secondary consideration. Please select 10 news headlines from 20 nominations. Selection is made on the basis of cultural value and impact on academic development.

Voting period: 24 December 2016 to 12 January 2017.

09. 56.5%
To celebrate composer Doming Lam’s 90th birthday, Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, Music Department of Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and RTHK organize several concerts to celebrate the occasion.
(Introduction by: Doming Lam)
17. 53.7%
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority faces financial pressure, and has to look into an alternative funding proposal for constructing its batch 3 arts and cultural facilities.
(Introduction by: Dennis Wu, music critic)
01. 53.2%
Young oboist Cheng Chi-yuen Bobby is appointed Principal Oboe of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in France. He is the first foreign principal oboist in a major orchestra in France.
(Introduction by: Cheng Chi-yuen Bobby)
20. 52.7%
Young conductor Adrian Sit beats 48 competitors from around the world to win the 1st International Conductors' Competition Augsburg in Germany.
(Introduction by: Adrian Sit)
02. 52.3%
‘Hong Kong-Vienna Music Festival’ is held for the first time. This six-week multi-dimensional Festival brings together some 1,000 participants from Hong Kong and Austria. The Festival concludes with Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.
(Introduction by: Irene Au, Director, Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy Foundation)
07. 50.6%
The HK Phil reopens the position of Assistant Conductor. Music Director Jaap Van Zweden and players of the Orchestra select Vivian Ip and Gerard Salonga out of 170 applicants from Hong Kong and abroad.
(Introduction by: Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic)
04. 50.3%
The Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 20th anniversary. Founder Yip Wai-hong leads a five-city concert and exchange tour across Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin, Beijing and Wuhan.
(Introduction by: Yip Wai-hong)
08. 50.3%
The Hong Kong Chinese music master Yau Siu-pun passes away at the age of 64.
(Introduction by: Chow Fan-fu, music critic)
10. 50.1%
Photo Credit: Keith Hiro HK Phil
The HK Phil’s Music Director Jaap van Zweden is appointed the next Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. The appointment will not affect his directorship of the HK Phil.
(Introduction by: Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic)
13. 50.1%
Once a hub for international artists, the State Theatre (previously known as Empire Theatre) is facing possible demolition by property developers.
(Introduction by: Preservation advocate Paul Chan)
06. 49.6%
Eight photographers and 20 Hong Kong composers collaborate in the ‘SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong Landscape’ concert, in which the RTHK Quartet performs 20 world premiere works by Hong Kong composers.
(Introduction by: Mui Kwong-chiu, Chairman of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild)
15. 48.6%
Photo Credit: Cozy Photo Hub
Hong Kong-born conductor Wilson Ng becomes the first Chinese to be awarded the James Conlon Conductor Prize at the Aspen Music Festival.
(Introduction by: Wilson Ng)
05. 47.6%
Photo Credit: Kau Kwok Kei
NorrlandsOperan of Sweden appoints Elim Chan as Chief Conductor. The three-year term begins in autumn 2017.
(Introduction by: Elim Chan)
11. 45.2%
Violinist Wong Wai-ming, founding member and the first concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta dies.
(Introduction by: Chow Fan-fu, music critic)
16. 44.9%
The Hong Kong Oratorio Society celebrates its 60th anniversary. As an active choral group, it boasts the longest-serving history in Hong Kong.
(Introduction by: Chan Wing-wah, Music Director of the Hong Kong Oratorio)
12. 41%
Photo Credit: Keith Hiro HK Phil
The HK Phil's Music Director Jaap van Zweden extends his contract with the Orchestra for three more years. The new contract will last through to the end of the 2021/22 season.
(Introduction by: Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic)
18. 39.7%
The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra hosts ‘Chinese Music Without Bounds - International Composers’ Summit’. With seven scholars and critics leading six symposiums. Attendees include musicians and academics from 13 countries and regions.
(Introduction by: Chew Hee-chiat, Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)
14. 39.4%
The Sheng Society of Hong Kong is established in June. The Society invites sheng ensembles from Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong for a week of exchange and inaugural activities.
(Introduction by: Joey Kwok, Chairman of the Sheng Society of Hong Kong)
03. 38.3%
Over 200 people show up at the Cultural Centre for the cancelled Miloš “Bach to Beatles” `concert, highlighting the problem of not being able to contact ticket buyers who purchase at Urbtix box offices.
(Introduction by: Johnny Yip, Programme and Public Relations Manager of Premiere Performances of Hong Kong)
19. 37.2%
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus and Actors’ Family collaborate to present the concert ‘The Actors' Family Story’, and collect 128% of its targeted fund through crowdfunding.
(Introduction by: Leon Chu, Music Director of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus)