French youth choir made famous by hit movie to give three concerts

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 July, 2009, 12:00am

Thanks to a popular French movie, Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc have become a worldwide phenomenon. Comprised entirely of youth from the Saint Marc college in Lyon, the choir did the singing in the 2004 movie Les Choristes - one of the biggest box-office hits in France that even secured a best foreign film Oscar nomination.

The group has since toured the world, and they were so popular at their debut here two years ago that the Hong Kong Treble Choirs' Association is bringing them back for an encore next month.

Founding conductor Nicholas Porte will return with a group of more than 30 boys (from a full ensemble of nearly 80 musically inclined young vocalists) for two evening concerts and one matin?e show at the Cultural Centre's Concert Hall from August 7 to 9. The programme will once again include music from the Les Choriste, including the popular theme song, plus more of the choral repertoire, from classical music to opera and folk songs. The Hong Kong Treble Choir will also appear as guest artists.

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale on Friday at all Urbtix outlets. The shows on Friday and Saturday (August 7 and 8) start at 8pm, while the August 9 Sunday matin?e is at 2.30pm. Ticket prices are HK$630 (VIP level), HK$330, HK$230 and HK$130. For more info, call 21163212.