Chinese opera performers and orchestras may join the marching bands that will play in the streets during the handover celebrations. The Joint Liaison Group yesterday announced there would be military tattoos by the British and Chinese. Local music experts said other music, better representing the territory's mix of cultures, could also be played. At midnight on June 30 the British national anthem will play as the Union Flag and Hong Kong flag are lowered for the last time. After midnight the flags of the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will be raised to the Chinese national anthem. The British Garrison and Xinhua (the New China News Agency) said arrangements concerning choice of music were to be made. Music experts suggested that marching bands play versions of celebratory tunes such as Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, complete with cannon fire. An official of Beijing's Central Symphony Orchestra said the People's Liberation Army band might play music which expressed the nation's pride, tipping wartime pieces as favourites. He said: 'They have a wide range of choices, but I guess they will play a piece called Welcome Guests during the ceremony to greet the audience.' Reader at Hong Kong University's Music Department Professor Bell Yung said he also expected the People's Liberation Army band to play popular tunes from the war and the Cultural Revolution. He said, however, traditional Chinese music and opera should be considered. 'But it is more likely they will have songs praising communist rule in such a dignified event. They should add traditional Chinese folk elements into the pieces they play.' Assistant general manager of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Arthur Chan King-chuen, suggested a local composer be commissioned to write an original piece for the handover ceremony. 'It is only a proposal at this stage, but I think as this is such a special occasion, we should engage a local composer to write a piece.'