Nanyin (Cantonese naamyam) is a form of Cantonese narrative singing that was often heard around Hong Kong in the past. The singer accompanies him/herself or is accompanied by musicians playing instruments such as the guzheng (or zheng, a type of Chinese zither), paiban (wooden clappers), and yehu (a two-stringed instrument played with a bow).

In this talk, members of the arts group The Gong Strikes One illustrate with live demonstrations how the vocal and instrumental melodies of nanyin are created and developed based on the lyrics. 

26 February 2019 (Tuesday)

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre

The Gong Strikes One


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


Ms Chan (852) 2200 0812,

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 2 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 3:30pm and onwards.

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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