Celebrities mourns the death of composer Michael Lai

2 Dec– Hong Kong celebrities have recently taken to social media to express their sadness over the death of composer Michael Lai.

As reported on Mingpao, on 1 December, singer Vivian Chow shared a photo of her with Michael on Instagram, and revealed that the late composer was the music director of the music competition she joined in at the age of 17 back in 1985.

"He was very kind to me, a young girl who knew nothing. I remember during an interview, he advised me not to wear my thick glasses if I was shortlisted for the next stage. I promised him that, but because I didn't have any money to buy contact lenses, I just took off my glasses and performed on stage. I couldn't see the audience and somehow it eased the tension a little bit," she said.

Vivian said she met Michael again on a TV show year later, and really cherished their cooperation.

Karen Tong, who worked with Michael on "Cantopop at 50", shared that she did visit the composer at hospital and was saddened that he is no longer here.

"He was a very good musician. I remember the last show we taped. He was very emotional. I asked him for a song and he agreed immediately, but it didn't come to fruition," she said.

Donna Chu posted a message on social media to mourn Michael, and lamented the loss of a good mentor and friend.

Thanking him for his support all this time, the actress said that Michael always gave her valuable advice and guidance in singing.

"He once asked me to sing the theme song for the movie "Enthralled". He taught me how to sing it, how important the lyrics are, and how to put emotion into perspective. He was very strict in teaching me and enabled me to complete the recording in just two tries," she said.

On the other hand, "Enthralled" director Chip Tsao shared his last photo with the composer, which was taken in March this year, writing, "The years flow like water, love is gone. Thank you, Mr Michael Lai, for bringing us fond memories of a Hong Kong generation."

Michael Lai passed away on 1 December. He was 73.

(Photo Source: Vivian Chow Instagram)