Hearts unite for school's anniversary concert

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 September, 2005, 12:00am

Sacred Heart Canossian College will continue to celebrate its 145th anniversary with a concert, Hearts Around the World, involving 350 of its students.

The concert will be staged at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Monday evening.

Organised entirely by the students, the concert will be a feast of musical production, including a Chinese and western-style orchestra, a junior and senior choir, solo choral and instrumental performances, a string quartet, a Chinese percussion ensemble and a cello concerto.

It is the second anniversary production from the Mid-Levels school this year, following the drama show Heartquest, staged at the Cultural Centre Grand Theatre in May.

'The concert will be one of the highlights of our anniversary celebrations,' said chairman of the concert organising committee, Yvonne Leung Yuk-ping.

'It is also the first anniversary concert since the school was founded. In the past, the school celebrated anniversaries with dramas in the school hall.

'And unlike other events, this will be organised entirely by students. They are taking full responsibility for the concert, from preparation work to performances on stage.

'The title Hearts Around the World comes from the title of one of the songs in the concert, and the word 'heart' fits nicely with the culture of our school. We want to stage a special occasion that will bring alumni, staff, friends, and parents together to celebrate.'

The concert organising committee comprises more than 15 students who have been meeting to plan the production since August.

'We delegated different tasks to each person on the committee and had to stick to a tight schedule,' said Yvonne, 18.

She explained how some students worked on publishing the booklet and some on distributing tickets in the school and the seating arrangements.

Others did the logo design, or produced a poster.

'It's been quite challenging, especially organising the promotions outside of school,' she said. 'We had to make sure everyone did their job before the deadline, and that everything runs smoothly.'

For its anniversary year, the school has two running themes - interconnected thinking and global caring.

The students say that in organising this concert they have demonstrated the first theme, and through sending talented musicians overseas on concert tours to Austria, Spain, Iceland and Canada this year, they have covered the second.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 8pm, cost $100 and are available through Urbtix.