Keyed up for big music moment

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 May, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 May, 1994, 12:00am

TONIGHT is the big night - musically talented students from nine schools are all keyed up for the finals of the Schools Pop Music Festival, to be held at 7.30 at the Academic Hall in Baptist College.

The festival is also known as the Cable YMC (Youth Music Culture) Channel Music Festival '94.

Speaking to the finalists from nine schools, Cable TV Director of Operations Thomas Tang stressed the need for wide communication.

He said: ''Different languages can turn into effective communication through music, a universal language.'' YMC channel manager Eddie Chiu said there should be more pop music-oriented competitions or students.

''In Hong Kong, inter-school music events are limited to classical music. We realise there aren't enough pop music contests for young people to display their talents,'' Mr Chiu said.

The 36 schools invited to join the competition are in the Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Kwai Chung districts. These four districts were chosen because of the availability of Cable TV service in the areas.

As the contest would be broadcast live, students of the participating schools could support their schoolmates by watching the show on Cab Fonia Low Chi-ying of SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School took part in the vocal section with 19 schoolmates.

She said the contest was a good learning opportunity, and a chance to share and enjoy music with other young people.

Looking forward to learning more than winning, the Form Four student said: ''I am not very confident about winning, as I have no idea how good the other contestants are.'' On the other hand, Lai Chi-ming of STFA Tam Pak Yu College was confident his school would score a victory.

''The 20 of us rehearsed a full month before the contest, and we have lots of experience playing as a group,'' the young musician said.

Chi-ming is a member of the school's recorder band, which won the Recorder Ensemble prize at this year's Schools Music Festival.

The finalists in the festival are: Liu Po Shan Memorial School; SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School; STFA Tam Pak Yu College; Po Leung Kuk Centenary College; TWGHs S. C. Gaw Memorial College; Yan Oi Tong Chan Wong Suk Fong Memorial School; Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching Secondary School; STFA Leung Kau Kui College, and Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School.

The festival is organised by Wharf Cable and Tom Lee Music Company.

le TV, said programme producer Peter Leung.

The contest is in three categories: Chinese instrumental, Western instrumental and vocal.

There will be five entrants for each category. Fifteen groups from nine schools have made it into the final.

Winners in each category will receive Best Performance Awards, and the best of these will receive the Overall Best Performance Award.