Stephen Cleobury Choir Director of King's College Choir Cambridge
Akane Kubota and Albert Yue Cheng
Thank You very much for organising a wonderful concert to perform. Albert and I are truly thankful for the opportunity. I'm glad that the program was good to, a lot of our firends also enjoyed the evening very much.
Akane and Albert
James Way Tenor King's College Choir Choral Scholar
Eleanor Wood, Choral Scholar King's College Choir London
David Trendell Choir Director Of King's College London
Many thanks for your very kind Christmas card. I'm sorry not to have
been in touch before now. We arrived safely after 2 rather long
flights and then I had to immerse myself in the Christmas festivities
at Bourne Street and I've been out of internet contact since then.
But I would like to say a huge thank you for a wonderful trip to Hong
Kong. We had a marvellous time and that was down to your huge
initiative, generosity and planning. There are so many highlights of
the trip that I can't really name them. The trip to Macau, the
wonderful dinner in the Hong Kong Club and the Lusitano. The splendid
venues. I really cannot thank you enough.
Your very generous hospitality was enjoyed by all and I would like to
add a personal note on that. You and Arun were superb hosts and I
enjoyed every moment.
Let me know when you are both next in England. A fine dinner at the
Lots of love,
Marrie Rose Kim (Oboe)
Last Night's Concert
Thank you so much for looking after us in Hong Kong, arranging the concert in Stanley and giving us such a lovely final evening in the city. We will have many happy memories to take home.
The ISF Academy
heart-felt personal thanks for bringing Sofya to play for us yesterday. (26th March 2013). It was a special afternoon, one of those afternoons that made a real difference, on many levels, in the academy and for each person who heard and met her.
Dr Dominic Sargent
Sofya Gulyak is the
1. First and only woman to win the First Prize of the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the 16th Leeds International Piano Competition
2. First Prize at the William Kapell International Piano Competition in the USA
3. First Prize in Tivoli Piano Competition in Copenhagen
4. First Price in Gyeongnam International Piano Competition in South Korea
5. First Prize in San Marino Piano Competition
6. First Prize in Maj Lind Helsinki International Piano Competition
6. Second Prize (First not given) of Busoni Competition
She also teaches at the Royal School of Music in London and plays in 50 to 70 concerts a year around the world.
The Imatake Koto Ensemble
I don’t know if you have heard as it wasn’t covered in the English press; I’ve just been selected as a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award 2012 in Hong Kong, and I’d just like to share this piece of good news with you and say thank you for opening up some opportunities for me in the past year.
Steinway Artist Robin Zebaida
"Working with you is always an exciting adventure. Your infectious enthusiasm for all you do has been really inspiring to me. Thank you!!"
The Choir Director of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge Universtiy
I write on behalf of all the choir to thank you for a wonderful trip to HK, Macau & Beijing. We all had a superb time and will retain many happy memories of the trip. I hope you and Arun have a nice rest now over Christmas, as the tour obviously took up so much of your time during these recent months. I was very pleased with the choir’s singing on the trip, and it was musically very rewarding both for the singers who gained much experience, and for myself.
Mary Wu Concert Pianist
Concert at the Bateman Auditorium Cambridge University 20th October 2012
Just to let you know that things went very well in Cambridge. Mr. Tuchsel, Adrian was very nice and efficient in organising his series; it seems not just concerts but lectures. It was lovely to be in Cambridge again and I did meet Dr. Webber briefly after the concert. He seemed to be a lovely, gentle and kind man and I look forward to hear the choir when they go to HK. It was a small and intimate concert setting and the audience was very attentive.
Professor Marina Horak, Concert Pianist Slovenia
In this day and age, when so many things are rushed and mechanized, to encounter a person, who dedicates herself to meeting new artists in a spontaneously personal way and to organizing concerts to present them to new
audiences, is nothing short of a miracle.
Just before I was about to visit Hong Kong in February 2011 for a recital at the Hong University, I received an email in which concert agent Christine Nigam (whom at that time I did not know) expressed the wish to organize another concert with me. However my stay was too short - so Mrs. Nigam invited me to her house to play a "salon concert" for her friends. This was a truly wonderful evening for me, playing for a small attentive audience and then meeting all the guests individually ... it must have been like this in the 19th century's Paris!
This was the beginning of a good working relationship and - most importantly - friendship, which resulted in my recital at the City Hall on April 21st 2012. The organization was flawless, and at the same time Mrs. Nigam brings into taking care of her artists that warm personal note, which makes all the difference.
I hope that Mrs. Nigam and I shall have many more opportunities to plan concert events together!
Marina Horak, pianist, Slovenia
Singer Caius Choir
The trip to Hong Kong was incredible, many thanks once again for making it happen. It was an experience quite unlike any other I have had, and I, unlike some of my choir friends, have done quite a lot of travelling before! It was my first time, and I found the city vibrant and exhilarating, and the concerts we sang were very enjoyable. All in all the trip was a great success, and I will always have fond memories of it.
All the best
Tim Khoury (Third singer from the right of the photo)
Singer from Caius Choir John Gowers
As I sit writing this in the all too bleak midwinter that is an English January, it seems almost incredible to me that just a month and a half ago the Choir and I were enjoying the gorgeous sunny weather of Hong Kong. Even though the tour was only a short time ago, the places we visited, the concerts we sang and the experiences we had were a world away, culturally as well as geographically, from the matins-and-evensong routine we are all used to in our College Choir. Hong Kong seemed to have a bit of everything: one minute we were exploring the maze of high-rise buildings and street-markets, the next we were singing Christmas carols in a roof-top bar or a private club and the next we were witnessing the delights and diversions of Macau, as well as singing in a beautiful historic church there. And who among the singers in the Choir will forget that idyllic day spent at Yim Tin Tsai, Hong Kong’s ‘ghost island’, or the spectacular views of the harbour from the ferry and from the Peak?
Yet the most unforgettable thing for me was the degree of patience and hospitality which our hosts showed us when we were there: taking responsibility for students from a foreign country is not an easy task.
I hope I speak for the whole Choir when I say that I feel immensely privileged to have been included on this tour: it was certainly quite unlike any tour I have been on before, and I know we all enjoyed the experience tremendously.
2nd-Year Mathematician, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
Susannah Bagnall Singer from Caius Choir
Gonville & Caius Choir Tour to Hong Kong – December 2012
The week that Caius Choir spent in Hong Kong was brilliant for all sorts of reasons. For many of us, myself included, it was our first time in the Far East, and so the opportunity to experience a new and different culture was fascinating. Although we were kept busy with lots of performances, there was time to explore our surroundings and what they had to offer. A highlight for many was the boat trip out to a virtually deserted island where we performed a very unusual concert, in that we had had to bring our audience on the boat with us! The variety of performance opportunities was of a degree that we do not usually experience in the UK. From charity dinners at exclusive clubs, to Eucharist in the Anglican cathedral, to afternoon entertainment in a busy shopping centre, we did it all – and most importantly we were faced with enthusiastic audiences wherever we went. Singing Christmas carols in twenty-five degree heat was certainly a novel experience for us all and, as with the tour in general, it was one that we will never forget.
2nd-year English Student, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge