Top 10 Music Headlines, presented by RTHK Radio 4, is now in its 32nd 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 2017 (HKT0000) to 12 January 2018 (HKT2359)

01. 55.5%
The classical music field loses several prominent figures: soprano Barbara Fei, Cantonese Opera grand master Fung Wah, composer Yu Lun, and conductors Lim Kek-tjiang and Yan Liangkun, both of whom were closely connected to Hong Kong.
(Introduction by: Chow Fan-fu, music critic)
02. 54.7%
The publication of ‘Music in a Bygone Era: Music Development in Hong Kong 1930s-1950s’, a HKADC project undertaken by Oliver Chou, becomes the first account of Hong Kong’s music culture before, during, and after the war based on oral history.
(Introduction by: Oliver Chou)
03. 52.1%
Photo Credit: Van Cliburn Competition
Pianist Rachel Cheung wins the Audience Award at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She is the only female finalist and the first Hong Kong pianist to receive a prize in this competition.
(Introduction by: Rachel Cheung)
04. 50.4%
Numerous pianists from the Hong Kong Vienna Music Festival perform all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in one day. Constantin Lifschitz plays the same repertoire over eight recitals at HKU.
(Introduction by: Edison Hung, music critic)
05. 49.6%
Photo Credit: Music Office
Music Office celebrates its 40th anniversary in a gala concert. Joint performances from current trainees and alumni symbolize the spirit of ‘Passing on the Torch’ – the perpetual bond within the Music Office family across generations.
(Introduction by: Grandy Fan Senior Music Officer (Activities and Promotion) of the Music Office)
06. 48%
Veteran soprano, educator and cultural advocate Barbara Fei passes away at age 85.
(Introduction by: Chow Fan-fu, music critic)
07. 47.7%
Photo Credit: CASH
Dr. Yip Wai-hong is awarded ‘CASH Hall of Fame Award’. Dr. Yip is an outstanding music educator, composer and conductor. He is dedicated to promoting music education to the young generation.
(Introduction by: Yip Wai-hong)
08. 46.6%
Photo Credit: HK Chinese Orchestra
The ‘Third International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music’ and the ‘Chinese Music without Bounds International Composition Competition’ are held in Hong Kong, the latter offering a special ‘Best Orchestration’ prize. Both competitions are milestones in the development of Chinese Music.
(Introduction by: Celina Chin, CEO of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)
09. 46.2%
Photo Credit: 4D Studio
Young composer Austin Leung Hin-yan is named a winner at the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and is the first Hong Kong composer awarded since its establishment. His new commission will be premiered by the Philharmonia Orchestra next year
(Introduction by: Austin Leung Hin-yan)
10. 44.6%
Photo Credit: HK Chinese Orchestra
The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra becomes the first Chinese orchestra to apply for an entry in the International Inventory of Musical Sources, through a Collaborative Project on Chinese Music Resources, created to systemize the cataloguing, analytical studying and indexing of Chinese musical compositions.
(Introduction by: Celina Chin, CEO of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)
11. 43.4%
Photo Credit: HKADC
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, during the summer, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council presents the ‘Hong Kong Music Series’, which features over 70 home-grown musical artists in five diverse productions in London.
(Introduction by: Winsome Chow, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council)
12. 40.9%
Photo Credit: LCSD
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's World Cultures Festival 2017, entitled 'Vibrant Africa', provides the opportunity for locals to enjoy unfamiliar African music and concludes with the folk opera ‘Mandela Trilogy’ presented by Cape Town Opera.
(Introduction by: Alex Cheung, Senior Manager of the Festivals Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department)
13. 40.3%
Photo Credit: CASH
Maestro Yu Lun, composer of the song ‘Beyond the Horizon’, passes away at the age of 92. He wrote film music for numerous movies and was awarded the ‘CASH Hall of Fame Award’ in 2010.
(Introduction by: Prof. Chan Wing Wah, Chairman of Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Ltd)
14. 39.3%
CASH’s income from the digital music sector in 2016 recorded an increment of 85% which was over $60 million. It indicates there’s high potential in the development of the digital music business.
(Introduction by: Elton Yeung, CEO of Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Ltd)
15. 39.0%
Radio 4’s programme ‘Madly Musical’, which discusses the mental states of various composers, is awarded a Bronze prize at New York Festivals® (Information/Documentary: Culture and the Arts category)
(Introduction by: Louis Lee)
16. 38.5%
Photo Credit: Emily Chu
Hong Kong-based Naxos Music Group, a world classical music group, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. A limited edition 30-CD box set, featuring titles selected by Naxos founder Klaus Heymann, is released in commemoration of this special event
(Introduction by: Klaus Heymann, Founder and Chairman of the Naxos Music Group)
16. 38.5%
Photo Credit: Berln Phil
Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, the Berliner Philharmoniker makes a return visit to Hong Kong to deliver two concerts. Korean pianist Seong-jin Cho steps in for Lang Lang in the first concert as the latter suffers from tenosynovitis.
(Introduction by: Queenie Wong, Chief Manage (Cultural Presentation) of the Cultural Presentations Section of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department)
18. 35.9%
Photo Credit: HK Phil
Former Principal Conductor and the first Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Lim Kek-tjiang, passes away at age 89.
(Introduction by: Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra)
19. 35.4%
Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela are unable to undertake their Asian tour. The Hong Kong Arts Festival announces the cancellation of their five concerts, forum, open rehearsal and community visits.
(Introduction by: Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival)
20. 31.7%
Cantonese Opera grand master Fung Wah passes away.
(Introduction by: Wong Kin-ting, music critic)