Hong Kong Voices (2007)

十年 (Ten Years)

(2007, 6′)

For Mixed Chorus
Words by 林立 (Lap Lam)
Commissioned by Hong Kong Voices, Ken Lam, artistic director


Mixed Chorus, a capella


The mountains and the streams, feelings, questions, generations come and go. Ten Years (2007) is a collaboration between poet Lap Lam and composer George Lam. The work consists of two poems: an original, classical-style verse with the same title, and a companion poem written in the contemporary vernacular. While the classical poem reflects on the bygone decade, the accompanying contemporary verse asks pointed questions: how much have we remembered, and how much have we already forgotten?

Ten Years was composed for and dedicated to Ken Lam and Hong Kong Voices.


  • June 2, 2007, Hong Kong Voices (Ken Lam, conductor), at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
  • August 11, 2007, Hong Kong Young People’s Chorus (Virginia Cheng, conductor), at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts