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Giving underprivileged students the opportunity to enjoy classical orchestra

October 2012 │ Hong Kong

It is rare for Hong Kong’s underprivileged students from Kowloon and New Territories to travel into Central. Even fewer have the opportunity to attend a classical orchestral performance.

With this in mind, Deutsche Bank Hong Kong partnered with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong on Sunday, October 7, 2012, and accompanied 100 underprivileged students and their families on a trip to the orchestra.  The underprivileged students and families were from SoCO (Society for Community Organisation) and low-income students from Chiu Lut Sau Secondary School (from Yuen Long).  These students are receiving social welfare assistance from the government (CSSA) and also a School Textbook Assistance from the government.

A group of 15 staff volunteers met the students and their families for refreshments an hour before the performance started.  It was an opportunity for the students to share their musical interests and interact with volunteers about their hobbies, aspirations and goals.

The two-hour performance was led by world-famous Sir James Galway, hailed as “the living legend of the flute” and included popular classics, movie themes and signature tunes including Howard Shore’s “The Lord of the Rings” Suite, James Horner’s Love Theme from “Titanic”, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto,  Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto, ‘The Goldfinch’, and Rimsky-Korakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee.  Other noteworthy musicians who joined Sir James Galway on stage included his wife, the American flute dynamo Lady Jeanne Galway; the former royal harpist Claire Jones; Hong Kong prodigy pianist Chloe Pak; and the Hong Kong-based Tutti Flutti Flute Ensemble.

At the conclusion of the performance, the students and volunteers were also given the opportunity to have a group photo with Sir James  and Lady Jeanne Galway.

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