The sweet melody of youth

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 March, 2006, 12:00am


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In her 30 years with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Rosanna Wong Yick-ming (pictured) has learned a few things about children.

'Music and sports are the two things young people always like,' she says. That's why the organisation has started its own choir, the Melody Makers, which will make its concert debut on April 3 at the Cultural Centre.

The idea began last year with executive director Wong and some help from conductor Ken Lam. Now, it has burgeoned into a talented 37-strong youth singing group officially launched last weekend.

'A lot of young people really enjoy music but they drop it because there are not a lot of opportunities,' Wong said. 'We want to create something that is just for them and to sing in non-traditional places. It should reflect the spirit and energy of Hong Kong. Also, it's diverse in styles. We don't even call it a choir. It's a singing group and we'll take them out into the community, to the people, and not just in concert halls.

'Mostly, I was inspired by my own son. I saw how he grew and changed with his love of music.'