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London ETO promotes Hong Kong's arts and culture in UK with Hong Kong Children's Choir concert (with photos)
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     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (London ETO) continued to promote Hong Kong's thriving arts and cultural life by hosting a concert by the Hong Kong Children's Choir (HKCC) at the renowned St John's Smith Square in London yesterday (August 5, London time).

     Performing in the UK again since their last appearance in 2013, the HKCC has selected a varied repertoire of songs from East and West for this concert, featuring works by some of Hong Kong's best known íV and up-and-coming íV composers. Led by Music Director and Principal Conductor, Ms Kathy Fok, the HKCC performed, among other pieces, excerpts from "Bai Niang Niang", the first musical in Chinese, and the "Choriental Symphony", a medley of Asian tunes, as well as "Túrót eszik a cigány", by the Hungarian composer Kodály Zoltán.

     Speaking at the opening of the concert, the Director-General of the London ETO, Ms Erica Ng, extended a warm welcome to the little music ambassadors from Hong Kong under the leadership of the Chairman of the HKCC Mr Ronald Yam, and praised the clarity and purity of their voices which have touched the heart of many audiences in the past. "This is why we all love our little singing angels so much.  They have the magical ability to move audience through their music," Ms Ng said.  

     Founded in 1969, the HKCC has grown into a diversified arts organisation for children. The HKCC has gained a worldwide acclamation for its top-notch performance, winning the name as "one of the best children's choirs in the world". In 2014, HKCC was selected by the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) as one of the IFCM Ambassadors for 2013 to 2015 and performed in the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music.

     The London concert is the finale of the HKCC's tour in Europe.  Before the London concert, the choral group had taken part in the EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs 2015 festival in Hungary, and also staged performances in Budapest and Kalocsa in Hungary as well as Salzburg in Austria.

Ends/Thursday, August 6, 2015
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