Sanders Lau is a multifaceted choral musician with an unshakable belief in choral music’s unique power to express and connect. He is the Artistic Director and founder of NOĒMA, a chamber choir that comprises some of Hong Kong’s finest choral musicians. The ensemble is dedicated to advancing the city’s choral scene through the pursuit of performing at an unprecedented level of artistic excellence. After a successful preview performance at Tai Kwun last June, NOĒMA was invited by HKU MUSE to give its inaugural concert at the HKU Grand Hall in October, which garnered critical acclaim. The group returned to Tai Kwun in December to offer four performances of festive baroque music that kicked off Tai Kwun’s month-long Christmas celebration.
As a much sought-after conductor, Sanders has also worked extensively with Die Konzertisten, cultivating a specialised interest in the historically informed performances of early music. He has collaborated with a constellation of internationally distinguished artists, including conductors Jonathan Cohen, Stephen Layton, and John Butt, on masterpieces such as Bach’s Mass in B minor and John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem.
Sanders is ardent about nurturing the next generation of choral leaders.
He has been invited to teach, adjudicate, and give masterclasses, workshops, lectures, and pre-concert talks for numerous institutions and organisations, such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Inter-school Choral Festival, Hong Kong Joint School Music Association, Macao Polytechnic University, and Macao International Choral Festival. He has coached numerous local youth choirs, including the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, the University of Hong Kong Choir, HKU Chamber Singers, Hong Kong Baptist University Christian Choir, Aqua Voice, The Illumino Singers, The Mad Singers, Tidal Men’s Chorus, Fluente Chorus, and numerous secondary school choirs. Choirs under his leadership have captured top prizes both locally and abroad.