Musician Oliver Coates
Music Residency ©

Phil Sharp

Image: Oliver Coates. Photo: © Phil Sharp

The British Council  is hosting award-winning UK cellist, Oliver Coates, in Hong Kong, as the Council’s musician-in-residence from 14 November to 23 December, in partnership with renowned local music icon, Kung Chi Shing. 

Immersing in and responding to new environments and building new musical relationships locally, Oliver Coates  will write new pieces of music which will be performed publicly in China and the UK in 2015. During his residency in Hong Kong, he will also participate in a series of educational workshops at tertiary institutions working with students, and performances, both solo and working collaboratively with Hong Kong musicians. 

Sponsored by the PRS for Music Foundation and the British Council, with a mission to stimulate and support the creation and performance of new music, the Musicians in Residence Programme enables five UK musicians to spend six weeks in Hong Kong and four other cities in China, respectively. Oliver was selected for the Programme through expert nomination and interview process. 

Oliver Coates also produces electronic music. In 2013,  as a solo artist, Oliver Coates performed in China, Russia, Brazil and across Europe, with a repertoire of both cello pieces as well as fusion pieces of cello and electronic music. For more Oliver Coates details: .

While in Hong Kong, Oliver Coates will also explore the musical underground - musicians or record labels who are hidden, experimental and off the map. Oliver embraces this as a kind of aesthetic widening and equality which he would like to investigate and research in Hong Kong, as well.


Details of  Oliver Coates’ Residency in Hong Kong:

Saturday, 22 November 2014
Collaborative Performance at Freespace Festival by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCD)
Venue:  West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
Time: 3.10 p.m. – 3.20 p.m. and 9.50 p.m. – 10.10 p.m.

Sunday, 30 November 2014
Student workshop I: Hong Kong Baptist University
Venue: Hong Kong Baptist University
Time: 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Monday, 1 December 2014
Student workshop II: The University of Hong Kong
Venue: The University of Hong Kong
Time: 2.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Student workshop III: The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts presented by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble
Venue: The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
Time: 4.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Monday, 8 December & Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Collaborative & Solo Performances
Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre
Time: 8:00 p.m.
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Saturday, 20 December 2014
Street Concert
Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre

(more details to be announced soon)


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