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80th Anniversary Concert Spreads Charity and Love    

March 26, 2013

Yew Chung 80th Anniversary Seeds of Hope Gala Concert, which played to a full house at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Jockey Club Auditorium on the evening of March 26, 2013, climaxed Yew Chung’s anniversary celebrations and gave a good show of the many talents of the school community.

Addressing the event, Director Dr Betty Chan Po-king said the concert spread the message of charity and love, making the celebration more meaningful and memorable. “Yew Chung has witnessed the Power of Love in its gratifying evolution over the past eight decades. It is love which has guided Yew Chung to progress from strength to strength and has connected all of its members along the way.”

Dr Chan announced that Yew Chung would build the fourth school in the rural part of China, which is the third Seeds of Hope School, since the birth of the charity concept to help local students after the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. It will be a normal school in Guangdong for the Miao ethnic group to train secondary graduates to become teachers for the local children.

Similar to the school’s recent concerts in Qingdao and Beijing, last night’s event featured the best musicians and dancers from across Yew Chung International School (YCIS) campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and Qingdao in China and Silicon Valley in the US.

Over 250 people from our Secondary and Primary sections, alumni and staff gave stellar performances, presenting the finest musical event the school has ever staged and aptly demonstrating the excellence of our unique music programme. Highlights of the concert included the International Orchestra of YCIS, comprising many of our top-level students and staff members, and the grand finals of Allegro, the 80th Anniversary YCIS network-wide music competition.

Under the expert baton of Yew Chung’s Head of Music and Visual Arts, Gary Sanderson, the audience was treated to a collection of graceful classical pieces such as Mozart’s 40th Symphony, 1st Movement, and Overture Rossini by Rossini.

The elegant occasion of music and dance was further enhanced by a Cantonese medley of some of Hong Kong’s most well-known Canto-pop songs and music from Hawaii Five-O, a famous 60s’ American TV series.

Global education nurtures global-minded citizens, and the diversity of our students and staff promotes acceptance, confidence and teamwork. Character formation is fundamental to the YCIS philosophy, so we are justly proud of our students using their many talents to care for others. With their active participation, this concert raised funds for Seeds of Hope in support of education for children in rural China.

The overwhelming talents of Yew Chung students were on full display last night. Music education has always been one of the key programmes at YCIS, where we firmly believe that music training at a young age enhances children’s spatial-temporal reasoning skills, leading to better mathematics performance, memory span and intelligence development.

Our belief was firmly proven with the outstanding performance of Edelweiss by our Hong Kong Junior Violin Ensemble. These young performers all gave an impressive performance.

This milestone event, which was fittingly wrapped up with the entire cast singing a song specially composed for the Seeds of Hope project, united students from diverse backgrounds in a very special evening of musical and cultural harmony. The four hours of extraordinary performances earned a standing ovation and endless praise from the audience.

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