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London ETO continues to promote arts and cultural links with UK with children's choir concert in London (with photos)

     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (London ETO) continued to strengthen arts and cultural exchange with the UK by hosting a concert by the Hong Kong Children's Choir (HKCC) in London on July 31 (London time).  The concert, which took place in the renowned music venue of St John's Smith Square, also featured a guest performance by the East Midlands Youth Choir from the UK.

     Founded in 1969, the HKCC has grown into a diversified arts education organisation for children.  It is a non-profit-making charitable organisation and has staged numerous performances overseas.  Led by Music Director and Principal Conductor, Ms Kathy Fok, 52 children aged between 11 and 17 from the HKCC visited the UK in July this year to take part in the International Children's Choir Festival in Canterbury and London.

     Speaking at the opening of the concert, the Director-General of the London ETO, Ms Erica Ng, said, "Our Office is very glad to host the concert for these very young talents from Hong Kong.  We support arts and culture, which thrive on the core values of Hong Kong as a free, diversified and open society.  Through a sophisticated fusion of Chinese and Western influences, we have created a pluralistic culture of our own."

     "The new theatres and performance venues being planned and built in Hong Kong's massive West Kowloon Cultural District project will be another major demonstration of the commitment by the Government to provide an important breeding ground for our talented local artists and musicians."

     The concert was attended by about 350 people from the government, business, cultural and media sectors as well as members of the public.  During the concert, the HKCC performed songs from all over the world in different languages, including Cantonese, Putonghua, English, Latin and Hebrew, from composers ranging from the Renaissance era to the modern day.  The concert also featured works by some of Hong Kong's best known and up-and-coming composers.

     The HKCC concert in London is one of many events the London ETO has organised or supported to promote Hong Kong's arts and culture.  Other events included theatre performances, film festivals, art exhibitions as well as cultural activities like the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

Ends/Thursday, August 1, 2013
Issued at HKT 23:59


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