Premiere Performances of Hong Kong (Premiere Performances) announces today the cancellation of Beare’s Premiere Music Festival 2021. Five ticketed programmes will be cancelled due to the pandemic. Affected events include Miloš in Recital: Beyond the Rainbow (13 January), Fiesta Brass Family Concert (16 January), Akiko Suwanai & Friends: Dvořák Piano Quintet (18 January), Benjamin Appl’s Winterreise (20 January) and Chamber Music Gala with Cho-Liang Lin (21 January).

Premiere Performances had invited eight overseas artists and nine local musicians for five chamber music performances for the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival (formerly the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival). In view of the current situation of COVID-19, with performance venues under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department closed until further notice, as well as continually-changing global travel and in-bound quarantine measures, the 2021 Beare’s Premiere Music Festival is unable to go on as planned.

Under the auspices of Artistic Director Cho-Liang Lin, the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival is an annual event which invites international musicians to Hong Kong for world-class chamber music performances and outreach. Premiere Performances has been organizing this event since 2009.

Ticket holders of all Beare’s Premiere Music Festival concerts can receive a full refund. Ticket holders of Miloš in Recital: Beyond the Rainbow can also choose to exchange their tickets for “Miloš: The Voice of the Guitar” recital to be held in 29 November 2021.  Refund arrangements can be found here. Please click here for refund / ticket exchange form.

Premiere Performances would like to express its deepest gratitude to all participating artists, sponsors, collaborators, and ticket-buyers for their continued support of the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival, despite the pandemic.

In response to the cancellation, Premiere Performances will be streaming videos from its archives of previous Beare’s Premiere Music Festivals on its YouTube channel. Programmes including the Complete Brandenburg Concertos (2020), The Original Mendelssohn Octet (2020), Viva Tango! Schifrin & Piazzolla (2019) are now available on the Premiere Performances of Hong Kong YouTube channel.