– A Journey Too Short (restaging of the 2020 programme) 

Children dancing next to a piano
This inspiring celebration of hymns is performed by the Ebenezer Choir and other renowned local musicians of different abilities

“…your strength will equal your days.” Deuteronomy 33:25

Produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival “No Limits”

How do we keep going, even as life deals us difficult blows? A Journey Too Short features 26 hymns written by writers and composers who themselves encountered challenges in their lives. These include the blind poet and writer Fanny Crosby and hymn writer George Matheson. Both overcame their disabilities to create beautiful hymns and songs that continue to be sung across the world today, offering comfort and solace to people of all generations. Honorary Music Director of the concert and well-known composer Prof Victor Chan rearranges all the music for the concert which is performed by versatile artist and pianist Nancy Loo and other local musicians with different abilities, joined by Die Konzertisten and Ebenezer Choir. Beyond the music, there is a special photography workshop for the students of Ebenezer School. With the help of their photography coach, they took the hymns as inspiration and shot a series of photos which featured during the concert and exhibited online on the “No Limits” website.

Online Programme

Premiere Date:16 Apr 2021 (Fri) 8pm
Approx 1 hr 15 mins
Performed in Cantonese and English

Prelude | Precious Lord

Part 1: A Cloud of Witnesses (Hebrew 12:1)

(I) Pilgrim Thro’ This Barren Land

This World Is Not My Home

Safe in the Arms of Jesus

(II) Open My Eyes

Open My Eyes That I May See

(III) This is My Story, This in My Song

Blessed Assurance

Panis Angelicus

(IV) O Glorious Dawning

Beyond the Sunset

No Night There

(V) Life More Abundant and Free

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

(VI) Something God Alone Can See

If God Wills …

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

A Hymn of Promise

Part 2: Some Time… We’ll Understand (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Still, Still with Thee

I Am Thine, O Lord

Be Still My Soul

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Amazing Grace

Going Home

For His Anger

I Know Who Holds the Future

Not Now, But in the Coming Years

O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go

Still, Still with Thee

Part 3: As Thy Days, Thy Strength shall be in Measure (Deuteronomy 33:25)

Close to Thee

Day by Day

He Lives

 

Details of the programme: go.nolimits.hk/ajts_songlist

Photography Workshop and Online Exhibition

Inspired by the classic hymns featured in A Journey Too Short, the students and alumuns of Ebenezer School took photos prompted by their different senses and impressions under the guidance of Dick Lau, the photography tutor. The workshop aims to enable visually impaired artists to connect music with the world.

All pieces are performed in English and Chinese; Chinese translation is for reference only (except Panis Angelicus, Still, Sill with Thee and For His Anger)

Honorary Music Director’s Note

Pilgrims, devoted to the song of life, in whose hearts are the highways to Zion;
Through this barren land, with the Lord by my side, teaching me new hymns each day.

In the field of hymnology, we see generations of the Lord’s disciples learning to sing this hymn every day. It praises persistence on a narrow path; it witnesses a form of stubbornness seen by many as foolish.

Despite its difficulty, this hymn has never waned in popularity. As in the words of Charles Wesley, “till [they] cast [their] crowns before Thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise”, those who sing it carry the staunch conviction that God has never failed them, even on the worst of days, “for so it seemed good in His sight”.

Pilgrims through this barren land—looking back, they see only their turbulent journeys and absurd lives. And yet, no matter how difficult the road, no matter how powerless the defeat, the determination and light within their hearts have never diminished. “Hope“ called them to overcome absurdity; “faith” helped them to accept life’s blank spaces and fill them with meaning. The final puzzle of life must neatly fall into place— praise be!

A Journey Too Short brings you 26 hymns that tell a similar story. Composers like Fanny Crosby, Helen Lemmel and George Matheson all lived challenging lives hampered by disabilities of various forms. Yet this “enormous cloud of witnesses” is still quietly telling their stories and the “reason of the hope” within them.

This precious tradition of hymns offers us a glimpse into how believers across the ages have held onto truth, kindness, beauty, faith, hope and love in their lifetimes. Their creators have not only served the people of their own generations, but also remain exemplary models for us to follow today.

Honorary Music Director / Concept Designer / Arranger / Composer
Professor Victor Chan
Conductor
Felix Yeung
Piano
Nancy Loo
Lam Chak-yiu
Lee Shing
Lau Yik-keung
Organ
Wong Kin-yu
Viola
Ringo Chan
Tenor
Sanders Lau
Soprano
Li Hin-kwai
Mezzo Soprano / Female Duet
Megan Tsoi Hei-yan
Choi Lok-sze
Choirs
Die Konzertisten (DK)
Ebenezer Choir (EC)
Chorus Recording Master
Sanders Lau (DK)
Chorus Master
Jasmin Cheng (EC)
Video Production
Bubbles Creations Limited
Recording and Audio Mixing
Anthony Cheng Yu-sum (Takumi Works)
Recording Coordinators
Carvid Ngai
Winnie Ng
Janet Wong
Venue Support
Kwun Tong Swatow Baptist Church
Ebenezer School & Home for the Visually Impaired

Die Konzertisten

Soprano
Carmen Bat#
Lilian Cheung
Chung Wing-sum
Rachel Kwok*
Angela Yiu#
Alto
Joyce Chan Sze-chung
Cyrus Chan Tsz-wing
Lee Hoi-yan
Jodie Kwok
Margaret Sang#
Vivian Suen
Tenor
Ernest Hui#
Kenny Lam#
Wallace Lee
Yu Tin-yau
Bass
Chan Tsz-wing
Solomon Lau
Lau Yik-long*#
Lee Ka-hing
Carlos Li Tsz-nok

*Soloists in Beyond the Sunset
#Trios in No Night There

Ebenezer Choir

Current Students
Chan Ching
Chu Nap-tung
Lam Chak-yiu
Shue Nga-lam
Wong Hoi-lam
Xu Kai-ki
Yue On-lam
Alumni
Greta Lo Chi-fan
Sze Yan-kit
May Tse Shuk-mei

A Journey Too Short Photography Workshop

Photography Coach and Exhibition Curator
Dick Lau Tin-lun
Participants
Wing Ng Wing-yin
Peter Yim Chun-on
Tse Ka-wai
David Tse Yun-hang
Eli Tang Lai-ming
Kwok Kin
Megan Tsoi Hei-yan
Bosco Tsang Kwun-chuen

Video Production

Shooting Period
November 2020 to March 2021
Audio Recording and Video Shooting Venues
Ebenezer School & Home for the Visually Impaired
GIG Studio
Mix Engineering Rehearsal Room
Kwun Tong Swatow Baptist Church
Takumi Works

Photography Workshop and Online Exhibition

Inspired by the classic hymns featured in A Journey Too Short, the students and alumuns of Ebenezer School took photos prompted by their different senses and impressions under the guidance of Dick Lau, the photography tutor. The workshop aims to enable visually impaired artists to connect music with the world.

Arts Accessibility Services
Audio Description in Cantonese and English

  • Audio Description


Programme Guide

House Programme


Co-presented by

Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Strategic Supporting Partner

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