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Kah Ming Ng (Harpsichord, Conductor) Profile

Kah Ming's Orchestral bookings include …

  • Chamber Groups: Trafalgar Sinfonia.
  • Festivals/Festival Orchestras: Shipley Arts Festival.

Born in Malaysia of Cantonese-Hakka descent, Kah-Ming Ng studied at Monash University, Melbourne (where he obtained a B.E. in civil engineering), the Frankfurt State Academy of Music (as a DAAD scholar), the London Guildhall School of Music & Drama (on a Foreign & Commonwealth Office scholarship), and St Anne's College, Oxford (as a British Council Chevening research scholar), from which he gained his performance M.Phil. degree.

He was awarded a D.Phil. by Keble College, Oxford, for his doctoral research into figured bass accompaniment in its social and artistic context.

His harpsichord teachers included Elizabeth Anderson (Melbourne), Harald Hoeren (Cologne), Michael Behringer (Freiburg) and Christopher Kite (London).

He is a winner of the Guildhall School's Early Music Competition and a Fellow (in Harpsichord) of the Trinity College of Music London. He has accompanied the recitals and concerts of pioneering artists of the historically-informed movement, including Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Catherine Bott, John Holloway, and Simon Standage.

Kah-Ming regularly contributes reviews and articles to leading specialist music journals; he wrote the entries on English and French baroque ornamentation in the revised New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians. In between his performing and directing, he squeezes in some adjudicating (of competitions and examinations) and lecturing, his most recent position being Course Co-ordinator & Lecturer in Early Music Studies (2004-6) at the Faculty of Music, Oxford University.

'Kah-Ming is an outstanding strategist on the harpsichord and the organ, and a sagacious continuo player' Goldberg
'undoubted technical virtuosity and intellectual grasp' Early Music News

Kah-Ming is a founder member, with Susanne Heinrich, of the Baroque ensemble Charivari Agréable. Charivari is recognized today as 'one of the classiest baroque bands' The Observer, and 'certainly one of the most original and versatile groups on the Early Music scene today' Hexachord, whose musical 'intuitions are always captivating' Goldberg.

The group has been hailed for its 'thinking musicians who treat music of the past more creatively' via their arrangements of music, 'based on a greater knowledge of the historical and social contexts for the music'. Charivari Agréable represents 'a new and very exciting phase of the early music revival, one that enriches the existing repertory and can bring us ever closer to the spirit of the original music' Gramophone.

Under the artistic direction of Susanne Heinrich and the musical leadership of Kah-Ming Ng, the ensemble specializes in the ingenious use of period instruments to produce 'ravishing sonorities and full-bodied textures' Gramophone with 'their powerful cohesion, warm sound, and their eloquent authority' Diapason. The group has 'carved something of a niche for itself in imaginative and well-thought-out programming'; 'its work is the fruit of both scholarly research and charismatic musicianship, a combination that puts it at the forefront of period-instrument ensembles' BBC Music Magazine.

With a chronological remit spanning epochs from the Renaissance to the early classical, the ensemble appears in many guises, from a continuo band, (accompanying the recitals of such artists as Emma Kirkby, John Holloway and Simon Standage), a viol consort, and an Elizabethan mixed consort, to a baroque orchestra and many other surprising - yet historical - combinations.

Charivari Agréable (trans. 'pleasant tumult', from Saint-Lambert's 1707 treatise on accompaniment) was formed at the University of Oxford in 1993, and within the year became prize-winners of an international Early Music Network (UK) competition, made its debut at the Wigmore Hall, and recorded the first of many subsequent live concerts for the BBC, including Radio 3's 'In tune', 'Music Restor'd', and 'The Early Music Show'. Charivari Agréable has since recorded for New York's WNYC, and many other European radio stations, including the European Broadcasting Union. Their CD of French baroque viol chamber music entitled The Sultan & the Phoenix won the Diapason d'Or. The same viols' recording of viol consort music on the CD The Complete Works of Tallis vol. IX has just been made the Gramophone Editor's Choice. The group's recording of poignant German sacred cantatas for Holy Week entitled Sacred Songs of Sorrow was voted The Best CD of the Year by International Record Review, while their transcriptions from the The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book were selected for Classic FM's Christmas Choice and named Outstanding CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine.

Apart from hosting an annual summer festival of early music in Oxford, the ensemble regularly expands into Oxford's resident period-instrument orchestra, Charivari Agréable Simfonie. The orchestra has on-going collaborations with some thirty vocal groups - choral societies and professional choirs alike - all over the UK, and has been conducted by many musicians of renown, including Sir Charles Mackerras. The ensemble has appeared at all prominent venues in London, including Buckingham Palace; recent and forthcoming engagements include major festivals in the UK, and tours to Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, South East Asia, and the USA.

Kah Ming joined Morgensterns in April 2000

Kah Ming's web profile was last updated 8th Feb 2019

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Kah Ming Ng (Harpsichord, Conductor) Profile

Kah Ming's web links

www.charivari.co.uk

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Kah Ming Ng (Harpsichord, Conductor) Profile

Discography

    Tallis IX, SIGCD042
  • In nomine 1 & 2, A Solfing Song, Salvator Mundi, Fantasia, Felix namque 2&1, When shall my sorrowful sighing slack, Like as the doleful dove, O ye tender babes , Purge me, O Lord, Per haec nos, A Point, Lesson: two parts in one, Remember not, Per haec nos, A Point, Lesson: two parts in one, Tu nimirum, When shall my sorrowful sighing slack, O ye tender babes, Ye sacred muses, Litany, Verset 1&2, Felix namque 1.
  • Charivari Agréable: Susanne Heinrich, Susanna Pell, Asako Morikawa, Ibrahim Aziz, Reiko Ichise - viols; Lynda Sayce - lute; Stephen Taylor - alto; Laurence Cummings, Andrew Benson-Wilson - organ
    Harmonia Caelestis, SIGCD049
  • Strozzi: Mascara; Pollarolo: Toccata; Stradella: Sinfonia; Farina: Balletto, Sinfonia; Cima: Sonata; Piccinini: Chiaconna; Cavalli: Canzon; Mussi: Canzona l'Amaltea; Terzi: Contraponto; Picchi: Ballo alla Polacha; Bassano: Diminuzioni; and: Ciaccona mosaica & Bergamasca mosaica
  • Jamie Savan - cornetts; Oliver Webber - violin; Susanne Heinrich - viols; Lynda Sayce - theorbo & lute; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ
    Modus Phantasticus, SIGCD041
  • JS Bach: Erbarm dich, In Dir ist Freude, Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, Liebster jesu; Schütz: Feritevi; Funck: Suite in D major; Baudringer: Sonata in B flat major; Pachelbel: Ciaccona in F minor; Telemann: Concerto for 4 violins; Hesse: Paysan en Rondeau; Kühnel: Sonata a 2; Böhm: Chaconne in G major; Schenck: Sonata op 2/4 in a minor; Fux: Ciaconna in G major
  • Susanne Heinrich, Asako Morikawa, Susanna Pell, Reiko Ichise - viols; Lynda Sayce - theorbo & baroque guitar; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ
    The Queen's Goodnight, SIGCD020
  • Johnson: A Dump, A Medley, The New Hunt is Upp; Dowland: A Pavion Solus cum sola, The most sacred QE her Galliard; Anon: Robin, Arthere's Dump, The Scottish Huntupe & Jigg; Alllison: Alllison's Knell; Robinson: 20 waies upon the bels, The Queenes Good night; Farnaby: Rest; Hume: Lamentations, Deth and Life; Byrd: The Bells; Gibbons: Fantasia; Corkine & Gibbons: Whoope
  • Susanne Heinrich - viols; Lynda Sayce - lutes; Kah-Ming Ng - virginals & chamber organ
    The Sultan and the Phoenix, SIGCD032
  • Louis Couperin (c. 1626 - 1661): La Piémontoise; Pavan in F-sharp minor; Fantaisie pour les Violes; 2e Fantaisie à 5 Michel Corrette (1707 - 1795): Le Phénix, Concerto in D-major for four bass viols & b.c. François Couperin (1668 - 1733): Les baricades mistérieuses (arr. L. Sayce) Pierre Dumage (1674 - 1751): Récit. François Couperin: La Sultane Armand-Louis Couperin (1727 - 1789): La Chéron Jacques Duphly (1715 - 1789): La Madin; La Casaubon Louis-Antoine Dornel (c. 1680 after 1756): Sonate en quatuorin B-minor Marin Marais (1656 - 1728): Chaconne, from the final act of Alcione
  • Susanne Heinrich, Sarah Groser, Susanna Pell, Reiko Ichise, Asako Morikawa - viols; Lynda Sayce - theorbo; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ
    Music for Gainsborough, SIGCD026
  • CF Abel: Sonata No. 1; Vivace for solo viol; Sonata in G major WKO147; JC Bach: Trust me wo'd you taste true pleasure; Sonata op.17/5; Anon: In diesen heil'gen Hallen (Mozart); T. Linley sen: I will never vow truth, Ah could you possibly know; T Linley jun: If thy too cruel bow; R Straube: Fantasie, Windsor Forest, Allegro, The Lass of Peatie's Mill, Hornpipe, Menuet 1 & 2, Adagio; F de Giardini: Andante from Sonata op.13/2;
  • Susanne Heinrich, Reiko Ichise - viols; Lynda Sayce - theorbo & baroque lute; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ
    Sacred Songs of Sorrow, SIGCD018
  • Fischer: Lamento; J Chr Bach: Ach, dass ich Wassers gnug haette; C Geist: De funere; Es war aber an der Staette; JM Nicolai: Sonata; JH Fiocco: Lamentatione Jeremiae; Kindermann: Symphonia; Dum tot carminibus
  • Rodrigo del Pozo - tenor; Claire Salaman - baroque violin; Susanne Heinrich, Susanna Pell, Sarah Groser, Reiko Ichise - viols; Lynda Sayce - theorbo; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ
    Jupiter, SIGCD008
  • JBA Forqueray: Jupiter - La Silva - Chaconne la Buisson - La Bouron - La Dubreüil - La Leclair - La Clément - Sarabande la d'aubonne - La Sainscy - La Angrave - La Cottin - La Tronchin - La du Vaucel - 'Chaconne la Morangis'
  • Oliver Webber - baroque violin; Susanne Heinrich - pardessus & bass viol; Rachel Stott - baroque viola; Sarah Groser - bass viol; Gareth Deats - baroque cello; Lynda Sayce - theorbo & baroque guitar; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ
    The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book SIGCD009
  • W Byrd: Walsingham, Pavana & Galiarda, Rowland, Gipseis Round; G Farnaby: Loth to depart, Lord Zouches Mask, Daphne, Up Tails All; T Morley: O Mystress Mine; J Bull: Ut re mi, The Kingùs Hunt; W Inglott: The Leaves bee greene; M Peerson: The Fall of the leafe; O Gibbons: Lord of Salisbury his Pavan; Anon: Alman; JP Sweelinck: Praeludium Toccata; P Philips: Amarilli
  • Rupert Jennings - tenor; Oliver Webber - baroque violin; Susanne Heinrich, Susanna Pell, Reiko Ichise - viols; Lynda Sayce - lute; Jacob Heringman - cittern; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ
    Two upon a Ground, SIGCD007
  • C Simpson: Divisions in A,F,F,G; T Tomkins: Voluntary,Prelude, What if a Day, Worster brawls; G Finger: Division in C, Sonata in G; J Jenkins: Division in C & A; E Gaultier: La pompe funèbre; M Locke: Fantazia, Courant; T Hume: Loves farewell, Pavan; W Lawes: Suite in g; H Purcell: Two in one upon a ground
  • Susanne Heinrich, Susanna Pell - treble & bass viols; Lynda Sayce - lute, theorbo & baroque guitar; Kah-Ming Ng - spinet, harpsichord & chamber organ
    Music for Philip of Spain, SIGCD006
  • D Ortiz: Recercadas 1,2,4,8; E de Valderrábano: Descante sobre un punto; LV de Henestrosa: Diferencias sobre Guardame las Vacas; H de Cabezon: Ave maristela, Doulce memoire, Susane un jur; O Fugger: Arias, O bella; A de Cabezon: Diferencias sobre canto del Cavallero & las Vacas; L Milán: Con pavor, Sospirastes, Falai mina, Fantasia, Al amor; J Vásquez: Gracias al cielo; Anon. Vuestros ojos; D Pisador: Sempre mi, Madonna mia fa; T Hume: A Soldiers Resolution; T Robinson: Spanish Pavan; A Ferrabosco: Spanish Pavinge; T Morley: Ayre; E du Caurroy: Fantaisies sur Une jeune fillette; Trad: Une jeune fillette
  • Nicky Kennedy - soprano; Rodrigo del Pozo - tenor; Susanne Heinrich, Sarah Groser, Reiko Ichise - viols; Lynda Sayce - renaissance flute, lute & vihuela; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ
    Musique pour la Viole (M Marais) ASVCDGAU152
  • Suite in F: Prélude - Allemande la Superbe - Allemande la Singulière - La Provençale - L Idée grotesque - L Arabesque - Chaconne; Suite in e/G: Feste Champêtre - Sarabande à l Espagnole - La Muzette - Allemande l Asmatique - La Tourneuse - Le Tourbillon - Rondeau le Bijou - L Uniforme - Suitte - L Amériquaine - Gigue la Fleselle - La Biscayenne; Caprice ou Sonate; Suite in D: Prélude - Allemade la Bizarre - La Fougade - La Reveuse - La Minaudière - La Sauterelle - Plainte - Rondeau l Agréable - Charivary
  • Susanne Heinrich - bass viol; Lynda Sayce - theorbo & baroque guitar; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ
    Chamber Music for the King (F Couperin), ASVCDGAU159
  • F. Couperin: Les Dominos ou les Folies Françaises - Huitième Concert dans le goût théatral - Dizième Concert - Suite in e minor, Pièces de violes - Pièces de clavecin (La Couperin) L.C.dùHervelois: La Couprin; JBA Forqueray: La Couperin; N. Siret: Passacaille
  • Susanne Heinrich - bass viol; Lynda Sayce - theorbo & barqoue guitar; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ

Reviews

Goldberg
" Kah-Ming is an outstanding strategist on the harpsichord and the organ, and a sagacious continuo player "

" Kah-Ming's intuitions are always captivating"

Charivari Agréable
Early Music News
" undoubted technical virtuosity and intellectual grasp "
The Observer
" one of the classiest baroque bands "
Hexachord
" certainly one of the most original and versatile groups on the Early Music scene today "
Gramophone
" Charivari Agréable represents a new and very exciting phase of the early music revival, one that enriches the existing repertory and can bring us ever closer to the spirit of the original music "

" ravishing sonorities and full-bodied textures "

Diapason
" their powerful cohesion, warm sound, and their eloquent authority "
BBC Music Magazine
" carved something of a niche for itself in imaginative and well-thought-out programming'; 'its work is the fruit of both scholarly research and charismatic musicianship, a combination that puts it at the forefront of period-instrument ensembles "
Harmonia Caelestis SIGCD049 reviews
Musical Opinion, no. 1443, Nov-Dec 2004
" This is the tenth record Charivari Agréable has made for Signum and like its predecessors this one combines joyful playing with didactic intent. As Kah-Ming Ng, the group's keyboard player explains in the disc booklet, the aim this time i