Lunch with the sound of music

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 7 Apr 2021

When I lived and worked in New York City as a young man I'd often join the crowds of office workers in the local custom of enjoying an outdoor stroll at lunchtime.

New York has many public spaces and parks both large and small. During months when the weather was pleasant, they attracted musicians playing everything from jazz to folk music. Sometimes you'd even see a man playing the erhu.

Back in Hong Kong I often feel nostalgic for such lunchtime adventures. Hong Kong's office lunch hours are crowded and not particularly relaxed. Office workers move fast and with purpose; they eat in a hurry or grab a takeout and go back to their desks.

But now, since Tai Kwun has opened, Hong Kong has a new, large and marvelous outdoor space right in the center of the downtown area, with comfortable areas to sit, wander and even listen to music while strolling during a break in the busy work day.

Our superb Hong Kong Philharmonic is filling Tai Kwun with music in these upcoming months. They've organized a series of free monthly lunchtime outdoor chamber music concerts at Tai Kwun's Laundry Steps. For the next three months, the musicians offer a pleasant midday alternative to the usual "grab and go."

The next concert, a trombone quartet, will be happening this Monday, April 12.


Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of Tai Kwun Culture & Arts Co Ltd.

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