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Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s
"Sea Interludes" concert on 18 Sep
postponed to 9 Oct

For immediate release
7 September 2021

Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Sea Interludes concert, originally to be held on 18 September 2021 (Saturday) at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, has been postponed to 9 October 2021 (Saturday) at 7:30pm at the same venue, as conductor Roberto Forés Veses’ journey to Hong Kong was delayed due to the recent changes in quarantine requirements. We look forward to seeing the existing ticket holders as well as new audience members at the concert. Tickets to the concert will go on sale at URBTIX on 10 September (Friday).


About the concert
The Sea – at times bewitchingly calm and reflective, at times mercilessly tempestuous and ferocious – has long been a point of fascination and a source of inspiration for generations of composers. Set sail on an invigorating voyage with Hong Kong Sinfonietta and conductor Roberto Forés Veses at Sea Interludes, where the waves of Thomas Adès’ and Britten’s music lull you and challenge you, until they morph into the soaring silhouette of the Alps – an equally dramatic and hauntingly beautiful force of nature – in Brahms’ beloved Symphony No 1.


Ticket arrangements:

1) Audience members who have already purchased tickets to the concert on 18 September may attend the concert on 9 October with their existing tickets (seat numbers unchanged);

2) Audience members who have already purchased tickets to the concert on 18 September but cannot attend the concert on 9 October may apply for a refund:

  • For tickets purchased and collected via URBTIX, please click here to download the refund form and return the completed form on or before 8 October 2021, along with the original copies of your tickets.
  • For uncollected tickets purchased via URBTIX, please click here to download the refund form at HKSL.org and return the completed form on or before 8 October 2021, along with the booking confirmation email.
  • Audience members may visit Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s counter at the Low Block of Hong Kong City Hall on 11 & 18 September from 6pm-10pm to hand in your refund forms and original copies of tickets.

3) For tickets purchased via POPTICKET, an automatic refund will be made within 10 working days to the credit card used for the payment; no refund application is necessary.

For enquiries, please contact our office at 2836 3336 (Monday to Friday 10am-6pm) or by email to ticketing@hksinfonietta.org.


Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Sea Interludes

9 October 2021 (Saturday) 7:30pm
HK City Hall Concert Hall
$420, $280, $160 (Tickets at URBTIX)

Conductor: Roberto Forés Veses

Thomas Adès – Shanty – Over the Sea (2020) (Asian première)
                                  Commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester,
                                  Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel with
                                  Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, Istanbul Music Festival, and Barbican Centre with Britten Sinfonia
Britten – Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes, Op 33a
Brahms – Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68


  • Half-price tickets available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and their minder, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients
  • 10% discount for group booking of 4 or more standard tickets


Roberto Forés Veses                                                                                                              Conductor

A prizewinner of the Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition and Luigi Mancinelli International Opera Conductors Competition, Valencia-born conductor Roberto Forés Veses has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras and at prestigious opera houses. The forthcoming months will see débuts and returns with, among others, the English Chamber Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov”, Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquestra de Valencia and Real Filharmonia de Galicia. He will lead the Israel Camerata on a national tour, the Orchestre National d’Auvergne on tour to Monte Carlo, and a co-production of Bellini’s La Sonnambula at four French opera houses.

From 2011 until 2021, Forés Veses was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestre National d’Auvergne, where he presided over a chamber orchestra tradition famous across France and internationally, and oversaw the ensemble’s elevation to France’s “national”-level orchestras. Under his directorship, the orchestra became much-in-demand as a recording orchestra, making many recordings mainly for Warner Classics and the boutique label Aparté, while launching their own label in 2019. He has led the orchestra on several international tours, including to Japan, South America and Brazil.

Equally devoted to symphonic and operatic repertoires, Forés Veses has conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre, Teatro Regio di Torino, and at the opera companies of Montpellier, Helsinki, Lyon, Rouen, Saint-Etienne and many more. The many orchestras he has conducted include the NHK Symphony, Saint Petersburg Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, Residentie Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and others.

He regularly performs at many international festivals, including La Folle Journée de Nantes and Tokyo, La Chaise-Dieu, Murten Classics, Stresa Festival, Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Festival de la Vézère, Festival Polignac, Festival Bach en Combrailles and Berlioz Festival. In 2018, he was invited to join other selected Svetlanov Competition winners in a special festival marking the 90th anniversary of Svetlanov’s birth, at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Forés Veses has made more than a dozen recordings, the most recently released being Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Alena Baeva. Coming soon are Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 with Nicholas Angelich, Strauss’ Metamorphosen and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, Mahler’s arrangement of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, and symphonies by Roussel, Honegger and Rivier.


Thomas Adès                                                                                                                  Composer

Born in London in 1971, Thomas Adès studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and read music at King’s College, Cambridge. A prodigious composer, conductor and pianist, Adès was described by the New York Times in 2007 as one of today’s ‘most accomplished overall musicians.’

Adès’s chamber opera Powder Her Face (1995) has been performed worldwide whilst The Tempest (2004) was commissioned by London’s Royal Opera House and has since been taken up by international houses including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where it was recorded for a Deutsche Grammophon DVD which subsequently won a Grammy Award. Adès’s third opera, after Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel, premiered at the Salzburg Festival in July 2016 before travelling to London, New York and Copenhagen.

Between 1993 and 1995, Adès was Composer in Association with the Hallé Orchestra, producing These Premises Are Alarmed for the opening of the Bridgewater Hall in 1996. Asyla (1997) was written for Sir Simon Rattle and the CBSO. In 2005 Adès premiered his Violin Concerto: Concentric Paths, for Anthony Marwood and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, at the Berlin Festspiele and the BBC Proms. His chamber music includes two string quartets, Arcadiana (1994) and The Four Quarters (2010), a Piano Quintet (2000) and Lieux retrouvés (2009) for cello and piano.

Tevot (2007), was commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall whilst In Seven Days (a concerto for piano with moving image) was premiered in 2008 in London and Los Angeles. Polaris (2011) was premiered by the New World Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami and was later choreographed to great acclaim by Crystal Pite as part of an all-Adès evening at Sadler’s Wells. Other choreographers who have worked with his music include Karole Armitage, Kim Brandstrup, Wayne McGregor and Ashley Page. Totentanz for mezzo-soprano, baritone and large orchestra was premiered at the 2013 Proms by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Luxury Suite from Powder Her Face (2017) was commissioned by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

As a conductor, Adès appears regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, BBC Symphony, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He is the inaugural Boston Symphony Artistic Partner with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he premiered a Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Kirill Gerstein as soloist in March 2019.

Adès has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Léonie Sonning Music Prize, the Leoš Janáček Award, and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award (2000), of which he is the youngest ever recipient. He was awarded a CBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Adès was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival from 1999 to 2008 and coaches piano and chamber music annually at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.

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