Ho Wai-On 何蕙安 aka Ann-Kay Lin

Music Videos 音樂視频

Song & Dance of a Survivor

《歌舞慶重生》 原名《癌三次存活者之歌舞》

3. You Are Not Alone 《你並不孤單》

The original title was Song & Dance of a 3-Time Cancer Survivor. I omitted cancer from the title because I feel it is applicable to many different survivors. This is a humorous story in 12 acts based on my own experience. I have already written the libretto cum script with music sketches and production ideas as the basis for realisation as an Internet opera. At the moment it is in the form of a prototype as a creative autobiographical PhD that you can download free from Creative PhD page. These videos are experiments using material from a couple of acts in preparation for a much larger work should I be able to obtain the funding required.



On this page are the five videos I have done so far :



2. electro-acoustic RADIO FUN 《放療趣事》

3. YOU ARE NOT ALONE 《你並不孤單》


5. Katarina Majcen plays "YOU ARE NOT ALONE" cello quartet for one


I used polygonal images to signify the radiotherapy machine, beautiful round images to signify cancer cells, and had fun animating them to express my own experience!


Francesca Jaggs, a Shiatsu practitioner comments on electro-acoustic Radio Fun:

" It spoke to me. The music and the graphics. Even though I have never had radiotherapy etc. However, I did experience a machine at a health day which was merely pulsing light and music... (this I didn't know) with eyes shut. I saw lots colours and shapes. The first half of your video reminded me very much of that experience which was very enjoyable... was so shocked when the guy said that had been entirely generated by me... it was all white light being pulsed."  


Radio Fun & Chemo Comedy is about the funny side of such treatments. Only a tiny fraction of the text is used in this video. More text is to be quoted in the forth-coming Jazzy Radio Fun music video. To read the entire humorous story, click Act 10.


I input numbers into the CCRMA computer system to generate pitch (frequency), rhythm (ratio of time), timbre (harmonics to be present or emphasised), envelop (attack- sustain- decay time), dynamics (amplitudes), structure etc. of the music imagined, then enriched with analogue music equipment. This is much more time/energy consuming than writing music for existing instruments, as I need to create every bit of the sound from scratch. I am not a researcher/scientist of acoustics, and relied on repeated intense listening, trial and error...  I met Marcus West at Cardiff University – I was on an MA and he, a PhD. His math-related computer graphics seems appropriate for my music. The following links are related to his works:




Score 樂譜  



I wrote the short piano piece MANY HAPPY RETURNS for my goddaughter Sue to play as her birthday present. She requested I should write the music in "Classical" style, i.e., sounding like music of the Mozart/Haydn era. When I wrote this piece I was thinking more of Handel (especially the first phrase). However, Sue was delighted with the piece and I taught her to play it. On my birthday, Sue treated me to the Chelsea Flower Show. During COVID lockdown, Julian Jacobson, concert pianist and a professor at the Royal College of Music, performed this piece at home and sent me the recording. Then I came across Herry Lawford's photos of the Chelsea Flower Show. All's ready for the making of this music video.


For related story, about me and Sue, the music and floral images as related to POSTLUDE BOUQUETS (a more poignant project), click Act 12.


If you want to play this easy piece, click below. 以下是這易彈的琴譜:

Score 樂譜  


Rev'd Sue Wise : " ...what beautiful photos! "  蘇維斯牧師說:"多美麗的圖象啊!" 

Malcolm Singer (composer/conductor) : "You won't be surprised to learn that, delightful though this little piece is (and beautifully played by Julian), I prefer 'Ho Wai-On' music!


CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW is held by the Royal Horticultural Society in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, and famous for flower and landscape garden shows. The show is attended by the Royal Family and attracts many visitors.


Fellow wildlife club member Marie Singleton took some photos of the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show. Click to enlarge. 以下是野生動植物會友在切爾西花展影的,單擊小圖放大。

2015 ChelseaFlowerShow
2015 ChelseaFlowerShow
2015 ChelseaFlowerShow
2015 ChelseaFlowerShow
2015 ChelseaFlowerShow
2015 ChelseaFlowerShow
2015 ChelseaFlowerShow
2015 ChelseaFlowerShow
2015 ChelseaFlowerShow
2015 ChelseaFlowerShow

2. electro-acoustic Radio Fun 《放療趣事》

Look back in humour.  Words: Ho Wai-On & Mike Greenhough. Rowland Sutherland flute; Katarina Majcen cello; Anglia Ruskin Chamber Choir; Paul Rhys piano & conducts, and with electro-acoustics. Video clips by Ho Wai-On and 5 photos by Kitty Kwan 關伯瑋.  


Feeling deserted in my hour of need I was forced to find a new strength to fight alone. The illness at last overcome, and I was the one to sympathise and understand…friends, old friends and good friends…who did not see me!  I learned to accept and found new strength.

在我最需要有人的時候卻是冷清清的,我不得不獨自作戰。痊癒了,我還要去同情和理解那些沒來看我的人! 我學會了接受和尋找到新力量。

At the time when I thought I could never make a long trip, I was persuaded to go to Palo Alto, CA. I revisited Stanford University where I had a wonderful time many years ago. I met up with old girls of True Light Middle School... Images used in this video were taken at Stanford and nearby.  


Act 11 You Are Not Alone is the longest, and the act that Mike Greenhough and I spent most time on, containing libretto suitable for arias. In this video I only used the words for the chorus. Towards the end of the video, there is preliminary introduction to the related project –  stop and read the part that interest you.  For related story, click Act 11 .


Scores 樂譜 used for this video.