Those who enjoy popular as well as classical music should mark their diaries for the Food Aid Concert on October 17 at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event will feature Jose Carreras, who will fly in to perform for just one night; Canto-pop king Andy Lau; Gail Dobish, a star soprano from the New York Metropolitan Opera; Choi Sung Soo, a well-known Korean singer; and Akina Nakamori, a famous Japanese pop singer. Carreras will be accompanied by the Korean KBS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Enrique Ricci, the tenor's personal conductor. On the eve of the concert, a gala dinner will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel where guests will have a chance to meet the stars. Proceeds of the concert and dinner will go to feed North Korea's starving children through the Hong Kong Christian Council. Patron of the concert is Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang. The concert is the brainchild of Christine Chu, chairman of the organising committee, who began planning the event a year ago. She says giving birth to her son made her realise how precious children are and how great are the needs of those born in poverty or living in unfortunate circumstances. 'Hunger goes beyond national boundaries, racial groups and political parties,' says Christine, who comes from South Korea. 'Children are the innocent victims of any disaster and, in this case, they are victims of massive floods, severe drought, tidal waves and disastrous harvests.' Other high-profile members of the committee are: Alice Chiu, Yumiko Kuok and Susan Douglas. Christine hopes to raise about $3 million from the two events. There are 4,000 seats available at prices ranging from $500 to $5,000 and for the gala dinner more than 40 tables at between $30,000 and $50,000 each. Call 2805 2804 for information about concert tickets or contact Caroline Roberts at 2363 8160.