'Top 10 Music Headlines', presented by RTHK Radio 4, is now in its 33rd year. Each year, we invite listeners around the world together with professional critics, to tell us their choice of the top headlines. The news items are nominated by professionals in the music scene, and are based on their influence on cultural and academic development in Hong Kong. Newsworthiness is a secondary consideration. Please select 10 news headlines from 21 nominations. Selection is made on the basis of cultural value and impact on academic development.

Voting period:
24 December 2018 (HKT0000) to 13 January 2019 (HKT2359)

01. 52.6%
Photo Credit: HK Sinfonietta Ltd
The HK Sinfonietta announces that the 2019/2020 season will be Yip Wing-sie's final season as Music Director of the Orchestra. To date, she has been in the post for 16 years and will stay on as Conductor Emeritus of the Orchestra from 2020.
(Introduction by: Yip Wing-sie, Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta)
02. 49.8%
The HK Phil sells tickets for the additional performance of ‘Joe Hisaishi in Concert’ through a ticket ballot and real-name ticketing system. It is the first organization in the local arts scene to take an unprecedented measure to prevent touting.
(Introduction by: Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra)
03. 47.7%
Photo Credit: Tai Kwun
The Central Police Station compound is revitalized and opened to the public as Tai Kwun. On a 13,600 square-metre site, it comprises 16 historic buildings, outdoor spaces and a new art gallery and auditorium, to provide more art space for Hong Kong.
(Introduction by: Eddy Zee, Head of Performing Arts of Tai Kwun)
04. 44.5%
Hong Kong Sinfonietta organizes the 1st Hong Kong International Conducting Competition, attracting 310 applications from 49 countries and regions. Hungarian contestant Gabor Kali is the First and Orchestra prizewinner.
(Introduction by: Yip Wing-sie, Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta)
05. 42.8%
Thirteen-year old violinist Wong Pui-ying comes first in the IV Yankelevitch International Violin Competition (age 9-15) in Russia.
(Introduction by: Wong Pui-ying)
06. 42.7%
The Hong Kong Harmonica Association leads a delegation of over 130 participants to the 12th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival. They break a record by winning 30 awards, including nine Champions, eight First Runners-up and 13 Second Runners-up.
(Introduction by: Johnny Kuan, President of the Hong Kong Harmonica Association)
07. 39.7%
Photo Credit: LCSD
Nine programmes of historic concerts, including the London Philharmonic’s 1962 Hong Kong debut to launch the new City Hall, are featured in Radio 4’s ‘Concert Hall Classics’ programme to celebrate the 90th anniversary of broadcasting in Hong Kong.
(Introduction by: Jimmy Shiu, Head of RTHK Radio 4)
08. 38.7%
The HK Association of Cantonese Opera Scholars and the London College of Music Examinations co-organize the first-ever graded examinations for Cantonese Operatic Singing. Candidates are examined by appointed local examiners and the two organizations will issue certificates to successful candidates.
(Introduction by: Estella Cham Lai Suk-ching, Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Cantonese Opera Scholars)
09. 37.7%
First Cantonese musical scored with full orchestra ‘The Passage Beyond in Concert’, makes a debut CD release on DECCA, taking the Cantonese musical by Leon Ko and Chris Shum on to the international music scene.
(Introduction by: Yip Wing-sie, Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta)
09. 37.7%
Photo Credit: Ka_Lam
With the finale of ‘Götterdämmerung’, the HK Phil concludes its four-year journey of Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle, opera-in-concert performance of the ‘Ring’, which is also the first to be recorded and released on CDs.
(Introduction by: Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra)
11. 37.0%
Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival has been named Chair-Elect of the International Society of the Performing Arts’ Board of Directors. This is the first time that a Hong Kong arts administrator will be taking up this role.
(Introduction by: Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival)
11. 37.0%
KaJeng Wong comes first in the Alaska International Piano-e-Competition.
(Introduction by: KaJeng Wong)
13. 35.6%
Photo Credit: Dominique Boutin
Wilson Ng is appointed Associate Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the first Chinese to hold this position and will begin his tenure in January 2019.
(Introduction by: Wilson Ng)
14. 33.2%
Photo Credit: Willeke Machiels
Elim Chan becomes Antwerp Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor.
(Introduction by: William Lau, music critic)
15. 32.7%
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein, Nina Bernstein joins Hong Kong in celebrations of her late father’s life in several concerts, public talks and sharing on radio programmes.
(Introduction by: Jimmy Shiu, Head of RTHK Radio 4)
16. 31.9%
A CD performed by young pianist Chiyan Wong of opera transcriptions by Liszt, is awarded the 40th Liszt Ferenc International Grand Prix Du Disque 2018 in Hungary.
(Introduction by: Chiyan Wong)
17. 31.8%
Photo Credit: Cheung Chi-wai_HK Phil
Jaap Van Zweden, the Music Director of the HK Phil embarks on his new venture as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic starting from the 2018/19 season. He will continue to hold his position with the HK Phil until 2022.
(Introduction by: Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra)
18. 27.1%
The HK Chinese Orchestra tours to China and visits three universities and gives five concerts in four cities in 11 days. The tour covers North, East and South China, Bohai Sea, Yangtze River Delta and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
(Introduction by: Celina Chin, Executive director of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)
19. 26.9%
The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra joins hands with other professional Chinese orchestras in the Greater China area to form the International Chinese Orchestra League. This alliance is to promote exchanges and collaborations, and to encourage the sharing of resources.
(Introduction by: Celina Chin, Executive director of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)
20. 26.8%
Photo Credit: Musica Viva HK
Musica Viva presents the first Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition 2018. Apart from competitions, there are masterclasses and public talks. The international jury includes famous singers Kiri Te Kanawa, Sumi Jo and Dennis O’Neill.
(Introduction by: Lo King-man, Director-General of Musica Viva)
21. 26.4%
Photo Credit: HK Phil
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Society announces that Michael MacLeod, who has been its Chief Executive since April 2011, will retire at the end of March 2019 after eight years in the position.
(Introduction by: Flora Fung, Media Relations and Communications Manager of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra)