Covid strikes Hong Kong Academy

Covid strikes Hong Kong Academy


norman lebrecht

July 07, 2020

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts has been shut down after a student was hospitalised with Covid-19. The student is said to be a pianist from Hong Kong.

Foreign students are furious that the Academy director Adrian Walter required them to return for an extended final term, or be failed for the entire year.



  • V. Lind says:

    Walter seems always t have been a bit of a tyrant.

    I loved the HKAPA and spent a lot of time there when I lived in HK and when I revisited. It had — probably has — a wonderful theatre, much better than the main stage at the Cultural Centre, at least from an audience point of view. (And is a much more attractive building). And it had the best burgers in HK in its airy top floor restaurant!

    And a great deal of good was coming out of it — talented musicians emerging all the time.

    This demand from Walter flies in the face of reality. Poor old HK — it’s really getting it from all sides these days. When I lived there — in the late 80s, including during Tiananmen Square, when millions were on the streets every night, and I with them, it was probably the safest place I had ever lived.

    • Kiwi49 says:

      Having worked with Adrian Walter in the past the one thing you could never accuse him of is being a tyrant…in fact he’s so far from being a tyrant it’s not funny! Not sure what the full story is here, but Genghis Khan he ain’t!

    • Dennis says:

      Yes, well, the UK was in charge of Hong Kong then. Might have something to do with the situation being a bit different now with regard to safety in the streets and what not.

    • Jerome Hoberman says:

      Sure you aren’t remembering the HK Arts Centre, directly across Fenwick St from the Academy?

  • Dennis says:

    One student falls ill – let’s all freak out and shutter the whole school!

    The extent to which Coronaparanoia is devastating the world is mind-boggling. One weeps for the future of a world run by snowflakes.