Singer is happy to show his caring side with a very special band

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 October, 2008, 12:00am

It's easy to be cynical about Hong Kong entertainers being money-driven philistines but occasionally one or two will actually do something good without concern for his or her own gain. One example is singer Wilfred Lau Ho-lung who is working on a concert with a band consisting of autistic students from the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council Community College for the Disabled. To inform the public about their event, he opened their rehearsal on Monday afternoon to the media.

Lau (pictured with members of the band) admitted that at times the pace of the students' musical progress was a bit frustrating, but the experience had been enormously rewarding. 'After three weeks of regular practising, the band has really shown some huge improvement,' he said. 'It may take them a bit longer than the rest of us to memorise the score and keep a regular rhythm but their determination has really impressed me.'

Lau's concert will be at Polytechnic University on Saturday November 15 at 7.45pm. The proceeds go towards opening Hong Kong's first laundry shop run by people who have autism. For details about tickets or the college, call 25112467.