In Suspension

  • Composer Roydon Tse
  • Piano, Violin, Cello

In Suspension is a one-movement work inspired by the Champagne Gallery in Hullett House, 1881 Heritage. While studying the history and visual representation of the room as part of the composer’s research for this piece, he was struck by the modern design of the chandeliers that was in contrast to the Victorian style of the building. The lights were arranged in a downward spiralling pattern similar to the double helix similar to DNA, but yet displayed an irregularity that put it apart from its setting.

In Suspension explores in musical terms the visual and metaphorical aspect of the chandeliers and the heritage building. Using descending and ascending melodic patterns as my basic material, the music is a reflection of the physicality of the lights that seem to wind perpetually downwards. Metaphorically, the chandeliers in suspension become a representation of the building suspended in time in its Victorian trappings while the world around it has been developing rapidly in the past 100 years. The composer’s music attempts are to bring these elements together as a tribute to an important era in Hong Kong’s history.

World Premiere

Date Nov 26, 2015
Concert Chamber Music Gala
Venue Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre
Artists Mary Wu, Piano
Priya Mitchell, Violin
Elena Cheah, Cello

Other Concerts

Musicus Heritage Musical Tour


Nov 28, 2015


Champagne Gallery, Hullett House, 1881 Heritage


Mary Wu, Piano
Priya Mitchell, Violin
Elena Cheah, Cello