Organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Music Office Youth Choir (MOYC) and Music Office Children's Choir (MOCC) will jointly perform in a concert titled "An Array of Choral Delights" at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre at 3pm on January 19 (Sunday). The programme includes traditional European folksongs as well as enchanting melodies from other parts of the world.
Conducted by Dr Angelina Au, May Ho, Yau Man-ching and including pianist Chan Wan-hong, the two choirs will sing a variety of European songs including Tallis' "If Ye Love Me" (UK), Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Ave Maria" (Spain), Schubert's "Psalm 23" (Austria), Bortniansky's "Cherubic Hymn No.7" (Russia) and more.
The choirs will also sing folksongs from South Africa and New Zealand as well as contemporary pieces such as Whitacre's "The Seal Lullaby" (US), Chilcott's "Catch a Falling Star" (UK), Gilpin's "Lightning" (US) and "Sail On", the theme song of "Hong Kong: Our Home" by Eric Kwok and Joseph Koo.
Established in 1980, the MOYC now has 88 members with ages ranging from 15 to 25. The choir performs regularly at local concerts as well as on cultural exchanges overseas. Since its first overseas tour in 1997, it has concluded successful tours to Singapore, Japan and Malaysia. In 2009 at the "A Voyage of Songs" International Choral Festival, the choir was awarded a gold diploma in both the Chamber Choir and Mixed Choir Open Category competitions, as well as the Category Winner Award in the Mixed Choir Open Category and the Jury Award. The MOYC has collaborated with many music groups including the acclaimed Bach Choir from the United Kingdom and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra from the United States.
Since its establishment in 1981, the MOCC's membership has grown to 63, with ages ranging from 8 to 15. The choir has participated at a number of major events including the 1999 and 2002 Hong Kong International Children's Choral Festivals and a joint concert with the Macao Youth Choir (Core Juvenil de Macau) in 2007.
Tickets priced at $60, $40, and $20 for the concert are now available at URBTIX. Half-price concessions are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Credit card booking can be made at 2111 5999, and Internet booking at www.urbtix.hk. For programme enquiries, please call 2796 1003 or 2582 5311 or visit the website www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/MusicOffice/en/events_2013_12_16.php.
Ends/Thursday, January 2, 2014
Issued at HKT 11:25