Programme Details

[Cancelled] Prague Philharmonic Choir
Conductor: Lukáš Vasilek


In view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the resultant closures of venues across the city, and concerns for the health and safety of participating artists and audiences, the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) has made the difficult decision to cancel the February and March performances of the 48th HKAF. All Young Friends (YFS) programmes and outreach activities within the above period, including in-school pre-performance workshops, will also be cancelled. Arrangements for YFS membership will be announced soon by email. For general enquiries, please email to


The Czech Republic’s foremost professional choir sings works by Schubert, Bruckner, Pēteris Vasks, Eric Whitacre and contemporary Czech composers, which display the choir’s power and versatility.



“Its characteristic brilliance and musical qualities…[are] well-nigh overwhelming” Vorarlberger Nachrichten (Austria)

The Czech Republic’s foremost professional choir brings works of pictorial and seraphic beauty by Schubert, Bruckner, Peteris Vasks and Eric Whitacre to the Festival audience.

Founded in 1935 and currently choir-in-residence at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, the Prague Philharmonic Choir received Best Vocal Performance and the Czech Television Award at the Classic Prague Awards in 2018. Known for its power and versatility, the 70-member choir has a prolific, multiple award-winning discography and has worked with eminent international orchestras and maestros like Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.

The Prague Philharmonic Choir makes its Hong Kong debut with an evening celebrating nature: Peteris Vasks’s Plainscapes, which the composer described as a “vision of dawn breaking and the awakening of nature with its profusion of birdsong”; and Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, a powerful work depicting a breathtaking desert downpour witnessed by the composer himself, which has been praised as “a contemporary choral classic” (Art Desk). In their second concert, a series of sacred motets by Bruckner accompanied by the unique sounds of the pipe organ and three trombones will close a meditative evening of inspiration and reverence.

The 27 Feb performance is sponsored by HKR International 



Feb 25
Franz Schubert
Psalm 23, D706
The Song of the Spirits Over the Waters, D705

John Tavener

Leoš Janáček
Our Father

Pēteris Vasks

Eric Whitacre

Feb 27
Petr Eben
Greek Dictionary

Carl Orff
Sunt lacrimae rerum

Ivan Božičević
Spring Passes

Anton Bruckner
Os justi, WAB30
Prelude in C major, WAB129
Tota pulchra es, Maria, WAB46
Aequale No 1 in C minor, WAB114
Afferentur regi, WAB1
Ave Maria, WAB6
Aequale No 2 in C minor, WAB149
Locus iste, WAB23
Ecce sacerdos magnus, WAB13


Photo credit

Slavik, Jan
Petra Hajska



    25 / 2 / 2020  20:15 &
    27 / 2 / 2020  20:00



    Concert Hall, HK City Hall (25 Feb)
    Concert Hall, HK Cultural Centre (27 Feb)