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.


16 March 2021 (Tuesday)


Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre and live-streaming

The Gong Strikes One (Chan Chi-kong, Lee King-chi)

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

This event will take place at the Xiqu Centre and will also be live-streamed on YouTube. Participants registering to attend online will receive a streaming link for the session with their confirmation email.

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Please contact Ms Chan at (852) 2200 0812 during office hours or email

For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions:

  • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
  • Temperature checks will be carried out before admission. Visitors showing a temperature of 37.5°C or above will not be able to participate.
  • If you have travelled outside of Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
  • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

West Kowloon will continue to review the situation and adjust preventive measures as necessary.

Accessibility Services:
Live Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available for this talk upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice. Please note that these services are available for participants attending the talk at the Xiqu Centre only and not for the online streaming. Wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please request at least four days in advance.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be rescheduled or cancelled.

About the Speakers:

The Gong Strikes One (Chan Chi-kong, Lee King-chi)

Founded in 2012, The Gong Strikes One specialises in Chinese opera music, creating original works that preserve its musicality and theatricality. The group embraces various forms of performance, such as concerts, musical storytelling, theatre and improvisation. Their debut theatre work, I, Wu Song (2017) is a solo Chinese opera with no dialogue, which sets out to explore the essence of operatic movements and music. The group is also known for writing site-/occasion-specific Cantonese narrative songs; one of its major projects, Singing Nanyin as We Go (2019–2020, presented by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office), toured the city with original lyrics specifically written for each district. Recently, the group has launched the online project “Hong Kong Music Miniatures” with the support from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council “Arts Go Digital Platform Scheme”.

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