The Chief Executive, CY Leung, on Tuesday expressed his profound sadness at the passing of renowned singer Barbara Fei. She was 85.
In a statement, Leung said Barbara Fei was long dedicated to the promotion of music, culture and arts in Hong Kong. He said she contributed her expert knowledge to the government in formulating policy on music promotion, as well as other arts and cultural matters.
The Secretary for Home Affairs, Lau Kong-wah, also expressed his condolences and described the renowned singer as "a legendary star in the arts and cultural sectors".
Born in 1931, Barbara Fei hailed from a family with deep cultural links. Her father, Fei Mu, was a top mainland film director of that era and her uncle was the director of Ta Kung Pao newspaper, Fei Yi-min.
Barbara Fei started learning piano and singing from a very young age and established herself as a soprano by the 1950s.
"At the very beginning. I learnt to play piano but later I put all my efforts on vocal when I found I could not become an excellent pianist as my hands are too small " she told Tom Lee Music later.
During an interview with RTHK last year, Barbara Fei said her father had taught her that arts should not be affected by commercial factors and that had guided her all along.
She found the choir – Allegro Singers – and was active with its activities till very recently.
Fei was a member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council for 20 years. She was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2012.