Published: Mar 13, 2015  |   Category: Hong Kong 2015

That's right!!!  I've written 865 comment sheets to date!!!!

I keep forgetting how much work is required as adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.  I start each day by waking at 6:00 AM.  By 6:30 AM I am heading for the Le Menu restaurant in the hotel for a breakfast buffet.  A wide assortment of dishes are on the menu.  I especially enjoy the dim sum, congee, and prawn balls.  Of course, the buffet also includes eggs, sausage, ham, hash browns, and an entire table of fresh fruit.  

Following breakfast I prepare to leave for the various venues.  Some days I take the subway.  Most of these recital halls are fairly close to the hotel and are easily accessible to a nearby subway station. For the venues that are far away I am driven in a shuttle bus or limo. 

Each morning competition begins promptly at 9:30 AM.  The entire session is divided into 2 batches.  The 2nd batch typically starts at 11:00 AM.  It seems that the youngest competitors are assigned to the morning sessions.  The ages range from 4-7.  After hearing 45-57 students I have to select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  I am allowed to have ties for 2nd and 3rd places.  Before announcing the winners I share some thoughts about what I heard.  I am happy to hear feedback from the parents that my remarks are helpful and encouraging.

At lunch time I usually have a sandwich in the venue and then head straight to the piano to practice.  I have very little access to pianos during my time off; so, I take advantage of the lunch time to get as much practicing as I can.

The afternoon sessions begin at 2:15 PM.  These pianists are typically older and more advanced. The afternoon session is run exactly like the morning session.

I either go back to the hotel or I stay for a 3rd session at 6:30 PM.  These are the high school and college age students.  The repertoire is quite difficult.  On those days I return to the hotel by 10:45 PM.

Needless to say, finding time to keep the blog up to date is virtually impossible.  I will try to write more regularly in the next 2 weeks.  I can hardly believe that my stay is half over.

In the meantime, click on the links below to see the location of some of the venues that I have visited.

Be sure to visit my photo album for additional pictures: Hong Kong 2015

Monday, March 2: Conservative Baptist Yan Lam Church

Tuesday, March 3: Tuen Mun Town Hall -- Cultural Activities Hall

Wednesday, March 4: Hong Kong Arts Centre - agnès b. CINEMA!

Thursday, March 5: The Church in Hong Kong Shatin Assembly Hall

Friday, March 6: China Congregational Church -- Recital Theatre

Saturday, March 7: Hong Kong City Hall -- Recital Hall

Monday, March 9: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Ching Chen Studio Theatre
Tuesday, March 10: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Ching Chen Studio Theatre

Wednesday, March 11: Tom Lee Academy Hall

Thursday, March 12: Hong Kong City Hall -- Recital Hall

Friday, March 13: Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Building --Auditorium


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