Gucci Timepieces and Jewelry & China Soong Ching Ling Foundation
A partnership with C.S.C.L.F. in support of young talented musicians through the
‘Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry Fund’
In January 2012, Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry in collaboration with the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (C.S.C.L.F.) launched the ‘Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry Fund’. The Soong Ching Ling Foundation was established as a commemoration of Soong Ching Ling, the late Honorary President of the People’s Republic of China.
Presently, the Fund aims to discover and nurture talented young musicians across China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. It provides scholarships to young talented conductors, musicians, singers and composers selected within the most prestigious music establishments. The students also take part in an international music exchange program in collaboration with the GRAMMY Awards® and The Recording Academy®, other special music partners of Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry. The exchange program includes the opportunity for these students to attend the GRAMMY Camp®s in New York and Los Angeles and to visit the GRAMMY Museum®.
The Music Fund complements the Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry partnership with The Recording Academy®, and confirms Gucci’s commitment to culture, also proven by its longstanding support of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Martin Scorsese for the restoration and presentation of prestigious films.
China Soong Ching Ling Foundation
In May 1982, the Soong Ching Ling Foundation (SCLF) was established in commemoration of Soong Ching Ling, the late Honorary President of the People’s Republic of China.
The mission of CSCLF is to promote friendly international relations and safeguard domestic welfare. Over the years, the Foundation has made full use of its strength to attain remarkable achievements by strengthening exchanges across Taiwan Straits; providing well-being for women and children, reducing poverty, and supporting education, science, literature, art, sports and health, as well as peace. For this reason, it has earned a highly esteemed reputation both in and outside China.
Meet the talents
Discover the talented musicians sponsored by the ‘Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry Music Fund’
in partnership with C.S.C.L.F.
Hiu Ching Natalie Lam
- Instrument 乐器
I have been learning the trumpet for some years and I enjoy the stage. For most of the time, I play classics in an orchestra. Of course, and solos for jury examinations! Performing is fun as there are so many uncertainties. Playing trumpet is for excitements, isn’t it?
Here are two coolest onstage stories of mine I would like to share:
The first one was a concert with a wind orchestra. We had 8 trumpeters and take turn to play in different pieces. Those who did not need to play went to backstage. We put our musics on the stands according to our seats so that we did not need to bring them around when changing the seats. The programme order posted at the backstage was different from the real one but we followed the backstage one. In the concert, (with the wrong seating) only 4 players were left for a 6-part song. We did sight-reading for the music in front of us and just try to play the solos that were in our original parts. The conductor knew the chaos not until we told him!
The second one was during my jury exam. I picked three pieces and the first one was a solo piece. The second was for flugelhorn and the third for trumpet. The accompanist came to the stage after my first piece and I shifted to the flugelhorn. By accident, he played the third piece instead of the second one. I was totally shocked and grabbed my trumpet immediately. He was getting lost and stopped in the middle of the passage. Finally we started with the second piece again and he was so nervous that rushing faster and faster.
Although I thought I was enjoying the unexpected excitements on the stage, I got stomachaches afterwards. It was pretty cool for have these stories though.
Kit Lau Tsz
- Instrument 乐器
I started my music journey when I was 7 years old but my music journey did not start with my will. When I was deciding what I would like to learn, I chose flute because it looks cool and awesome. However, as I have a twin brother, we need to learn music together so that my parents can take care of both of us at the same time. My brother chose violin which was different to me. In order to compromise with my brother, we used a traditional method to make this important decision – paper scissors rock. Finally, with this simple method, we decided to learn flute as our first musical instrument and our music journey are started. I won this battle.
With my brother accompanying me in my music journey, we always practice and make music together. We enter the same Chinese orchestra. However, interestingly, every time we play in the same concert, we are assigned to play in different sections. For example, I play Erhu and he plays Gaohu. Since we look similar to each other, the conductor and other players always feel confused when looking at us. They may sometime even mix up me and my brother. This is the interesting but quite troublesome experience with a twin brother playing in the same orchestra. Despite it, I am glad that I have my best counterpart to learn and play music with me. We grow and experience with each other in our own music journey.