Our beloved legendary music teacher, Mr. LEE Tak Kuan (李德君老師), Tak Suk (Uncle Tak), passed away on 30th October 2020 at the age of 92. His family accompanied him by his bedside during his final hours.
Tak Suk studied composition and music theory under the tutelage of the first generation of Hong Kong composers, YE Chun Zhi and others. He also took vocal lessons with Russian soprano Madame Oshayev. He had been featured in many concerts as lead-singer in operas and performed in many services in church. His active music life won him many good friendships in the music circle.
Between 1974 and 1991, Tak Suk was the Head of Music at Wah Yan College, Kowloon. Under his baton, the School Choir had won more than twenty championships in the Hong Kong Schools’ Music Festival. His humorous approach in education had impressed many of his students. He maintained close friendship with his choristers beyond retirement.
His expertise in and devotion to music education extended to the community. Among the numerous voluntary positions at different music and educational organizations that he held, the most notable one should be the position as Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association. He gave valuable assistance to the Association on the arrangements of the Hong Kong Schools’ Music Festivals, which benefit thousands of Hong Kong student musicians every year.
Tak Suk’s contributions to the school’s music education has been immense. He will be deeply missed by his students, friends, family, and all who knew him.
Detail of the funeral service will be announced by his family later.
May Tak Suk Rest In Peace.
(original text by: Music Department, Wah Yan College, Kowloon)