|Following the success of last year’s Asia A Cappella Festival, The Link Management Limited (“The Link”) once again presented the much-anticipated musical event at Lok Fu Plaza and Stanley Plaza in cooperation with the Contemporary A Cappella Society of Hong Kong.
For three days starting 9 November 2012, the Festival hosted A-class performances by local and international groups, including Metro Vocal Group, NANU, Hey Boy, Jokers, Urban Harmony Singers, Lasagna, Just A Cappella, Octave, Mosaic and MusePaper. The Festival attracted more than 1,000 music lovers.
Another highlight of the Festival was the staging of the Collegiate A Cappella Competition 2012, which featured six teams from Hong Kong and Mainland universities. Mosaic from The University of Hong Kong eventually gained victory following the vigorous, professional assessment of the judging panel.
More about a cappella:
A cappella is Italian for “in the style of the chapel”. Since the 19th century, this style of vocal music has come to mean any kind of singing without instrumental accompaniment, which is characteristic of medieval church singing as the term itself suggests.
Professional a cappella groups are commonly formed by four to eight singers. A cappella has become a popular style of group singing in Europe and America, where almost every university has its own a cappella groups. It is also gaining in popularity on high school campuses.
Today, a cappella mainly differs from traditional choir singing in the following ways:
I. Vocal mimicry
A cappella singers use their voices to mimic the sounds of instruments, from the most common vocal percussion and wind instruments to the electric guitar.
II. Nonsensical lyrics
A cappella singers often use lyrics without actual meaning in certain sections of the song, sometimes even entire singing parts.