The Hong Kong Philharmonic, which has not played in weeks, has cancelled a tour to Japan and Korea. Here’s what the musicians were told today:
Dear Musicians, You all follow the news these days and we hear and read all kind of different information concerning the CONVID-19. We don’t know any more whom to trust, CNN, SCMP, WHO, the governments in China or Hong Kong? Who knows in the end if travelling in an airplane is dangerous or if rehearsing and performing as a group of 100 people will increase the chance of a mutual infection? I don’t, so asked Gabriel Leung, former board member and Dean of Medicine at HKU for advice. He suggested “not to proceed with the tour, there is too much uncertainty how the virus will spread over the next few weeks in Hong Kong and Korea”. He is an expert, so we considered his advice seriously and decided to postpone the tour. This goes in agreement with the presenters and also with Jaap, who is not only worrying about the health situation, but also, as many of you as well, about the artistic shape of the orchestra after not having rehearsed and performed together for more than 6 weeks now.
So we hope for your understanding for this decision, which is also very disappointing for us. But there is a chance that the tour, or at least the 2 concerts in Japan, might be postponed to Week 43 (22. – 28. June 2020). Please keep yourself available for that week until further notice.
Concerning our schedule in Hong Kong the venues are now closed at least until 2. March 2020 and there will be no orchestral services until 8. March 2020. We will inform you about any further development.
Passports can be collected in the office, please get in touch with Yik Wing.
Stay healthy and safe, hope to see you again soon! And let me know if you have any questions or comments. Please do not share this internal info as long as we did not announce it officially, thanks.
Best wishes, Benedikt
Benedikt Fohr, Chief Executive