Prison Yard Festival: music from within

Beethoven by moonlight

Into the blue

Music on the silver screen

Solitary reunion

Prison Yard Festival: music from within

Goldberg illuminations

Weekend yard music

Beethoven by moonlight

Open Air Concert: String bouquet

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra “Music from within”

Date & Time

18 Jan 2022 7pm


Prison Yard




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With January’s full moon dominating the night sky and Tai Kwun’s Prison Yard transformed into Hong Kong’s most unexpected outdoor concert hall, the natural starting point of Nancy Loo’s solo piano recital is Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

One of Hong Kong’s most revered performers and pedagogues, Nancy Loo has brought the inspiration, solace and the healing powers of music not only to audiences in celebrated concert halls around the world, but also to prisoners serving their terms in Hong Kong’s jails. Through decades of volunteering, Nancy has taught, motivated and transformed inmates as a profound part of their rehabilitation, and her experiences behind bars provide the signposts to an unspoken narrative in this eclectic and searching concert. 

A modern counterpart to Beethoven’s Sonata, Doming Lam’s Moonlight Over the Spring River brings the musical story to our own region in our own time, and Nancy’s boundless curiosity has gathered together a daringly diverse program, drawn from her encounters on the inside, which finds a deep and moving resonance in the extraordinary setting of the Prison Yard.


Performed by Nancy Loo

Sakamoto │ Aqua 

Beethoven │ Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op 27, No.2, Moonlight

Debussy │ Clair de Lune 

Doming Lam │ Moonlight Over Spring River

-  Intermission –

Schubert │ Impromptu in G-flat major No. 3, Op. 90, D. 899 

Schumann │ Aufschwung from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Scriabin │ Étude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1

Scriabin │ Étude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12

Ben Ng │ Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Arr. By Victor Chan)

Indian tune │ I have Decided to Follow Jesus (Arr. By Steve Ho)

Arvo Pärt │ Spiegel im Speigel  

Duration: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes including one 20-minute intermission


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Nancy Loo

Nancy Loo is one of Hong Kong’s most versatile artists, as a pianist, radio programme host, actress and writer. She was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1978. As a pianist, Loo has given solo recitals and performed with orchestras in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. She currently teaches piano at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and she is often invited to host music talks and master-classes, and to serve as a juror for piano competitions. She is the presenter of the music programme Cantilena, and the classical music radio show for children, Children’s Corner, both on Radio 4 of Radio Television Hong Kong.

Photo © Julie Kuok