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Prison Yard Festival: Music from within

Tai Kwun


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With December’s full moon dominating the night sky and Tai Kwun’s Prison Yard transformed into Hong Kong’s most unexpected outdoor concert hall, the natural starting point of Nancy Loo’s solo piano recital is Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

One of Hong Kong’s most revered performers and pedagogues, Nancy Loo has brought the inspiration, solace and the healing powers of music not only to audiences in celebrated concert halls around the world, but also to prisoners serving their terms in Hong Kong’s jails. Through decades of volunteering, Nancy has taught, motivated and transformed inmates as a profound part of their rehabilitation, and her experiences behind bars provide the signposts to an unspoken narrative in this eclectic and searching concert.

A modern counterpart to Beethoven’s Sonata, Doming Lam’s Moonlight Over the Spring River brings the musical story to our own region in our own time, and Nancy’s boundless curiosity has gathered together a daringly diverse program, drawn from her encounters on the inside, which finds a deep and moving resonance in the extraordinary setting of the Prison Yard.



Performed by Nancy Loo

Sakamoto Aqua

Beethoven │ Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op 27, No.2, Moonlight

Debussy Clair de Lune

Doming Lam Moonlight Over Spring River

-  Intermission –

Scriabin │ Étude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1

Scriabin │ Étude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12

Ben NgPrecious Lord, Take My Hand (Arr. By Victor Chan)

Indian tune I have Decided to Follow Jesus (Arr. By Steve Ho)

Schubert │ Impromptu in G-flat major No. 3, Op. 90, D. 899

SchumannAufschwung from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Speigel (with LENK Quartet)

Duration: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes including one 20-minute intermission

Ticket Discounts

Patrons may enjoy one of the below discount schemes for each purchase where applicable:

  • 40% off for Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and full-time students. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • 15% off for Tai Kwun Fans with valid discount code. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Prison Yard Festival Package Discount

  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 2 different concerts (10% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 3 different concerts (15% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 4 different concerts (20% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 5 different concerts (25% off)
  • These discounts do not include the concerts of "Il Pomo d'Oro & Jakub Józef Orliński"


  • For wheelchair user, please purchase tickets via URBTIX
  • Latecomers will be only be admitted at suitable time
  • Recommended for ages 6 and above


Nancy Loo

Nancy Loo is one of the most versatile artists in Hong Kong, being pianist, radio programme host, actress, writer and educator all in one.  She currently teaches at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong.  She attended the Juilliard School and The Royal Northern College of Music.  Her teachers included Mieczyslaw Munz, Adele Marcus, Vlado Perlemuter, Guido Agosti, Ryszard Bakst and Derek Wyndham.  In 1976, she won first prize at the 4th Rina Sala Gallo International Competition in Monza, and has since won awards in many other international competitions, including the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris.

Loo has performed in concerts in Europe, North America and Asia.  She has appeared as a soloist with The Juilliard Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Radio Symphony Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic of the Philippines.  In Hong Kong, she has played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.  She appears frequently in festivals and events on the local music scene.   She was the founder of the piano and woodwind sextet “Les Six” and is currently a member of the “LENK Quartet”.

Apart from stage performances, Loo is active in the recording studio. Her notable recordings include Nai Chung Kuan’s Ambush from All Sides with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; Doming Lam’s Moonlight Over the Spring River; a piano hymns collection; Schoenberg’s Lieder with soprano Jasmine Law and Brahms’ 21 Hungarian Dances with violinist Leung Kin Fung. Loo has also contributed to the soundtracks of films The Map of Sex and Love (2001), The Source of Love (2002) and more.

Loo is the host of the music programmes “Cantilena” and “Children’s Corner” at Radio Television Hong Kong.  She was one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons, a recipient of the Medal of Honour by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and was named Artist of the Year (Music) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. She has been a volunteer to inmate rehabilitation since 2012, where she pays frequent visits and teaches music in the prisons.

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Time11:00 - 12:00
PriceHKD 300

Tai Kwun

Prison Yard

10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island

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