Gongche notation (or gongchepu) is a type of traditional Chinese musical notation, each note is represented by a Chinese character. This ancient system is still commonly used for notating Cantonese opera scores and Cantonese opera music.

In this talk, members of the arts group The Gong Strikes One demonstrate how to read traditional gongche music sheets and perform live on the zheng (Chinese zither) and dongxiao (bamboo flute).

28 May 2019 (Tuesday)

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Seminar Hall & Studio 5, 2/F, Xiqu Centre 
(The talk will take place in the Seminar Hall, with live transmission to Studio 5.)

The Gong Strikes One


Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.


Please contact Ms. Chan at (852) 2200 0812 or learning@wkcda.hk during office hours.

Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice. Wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please request with at least 4 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
The talk will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force at/after 3:30pm on the day of the event.

About Speakers:

The Gong Strikes One (Chan Chi-kong, Lee King-chi)
The Gong Strikes One specialises in Chinese opera music and explores different performance settings of the genre, including concerts, theatre and narrative songs. In 2017, they presented their first theatrical work, I, Wu Song. They are currently collaborating with the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office in Hong Kong on a project called “Singing Nanyin as We Go”, touring the city and performing nanyin pieces specifically written for each district.

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