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Stonewall Trees


Yeung Sin-tung Jessie



Yeung Sin-tung Jessie is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Music and minoring in Government and Public Administration (GPAD) and Journalism and Communication. She previously studied at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and was a student in its Junior Music Programme. She is now the bassist for the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, CUHK Jazz Ensemble and Chung Chi Wind Orchestra.

Yeung would like to express music’s simplicity and intrinsic qualities through performance and composition, exerting herself to explore the essence and inwardness of music in this boundless world of art.




The stonewall tree is quite common in the Hong Kong Island area. During World War II, these trees already existed, and the technique of constructing stone walls was mastered by craftsmen from Dongguan. After the war, the technology improved, but the later-built stone walls no longer had crevices suitable for plant growth.

This piece was inspired by the 2015 Bonham Road banyan tree felling incident. Four marimba players represent four banyan trees, while the sounds of metal instruments, scraping sounds of friction mallets on timpani, and bass drums depict the scenario of sawing trees. Subsequently, the musicians tap the marimbas, expressing the regrowth of trees after being cut down.

The bowing sound of the marimba concludes the piece as if re-enacting the action of sawing trees. Stonewall trees and stone walls can reflect the city’s appearance and transformation. Beyond music, we hope to understand the relationship between walls and people, and the way we project memories and emotions onto the stone wall trees.

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