A combination of classical music and rock 'n' roll provided the highlight of a concert organised to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Belilios Public School (BPS) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. The audience was delighted as more than 100 students started singing, dancing and clapping to the rhythm of rock 'n' roll generated by a 40-strong band from Shau Kei Wan Government Sec ondary School. The music was in stark contrast to the classical tunes churned out by the BPS symphony orchestra and choir. The Shau Kei Wan school band, launched two years ago, suddenly switched tracks by playing The Heartfelt Words , an interlude from a popular Japanese TV drama series Under the Same Eaves , which was originally performed by pop duo Le Couple. There was more to come as the students gave a rendition of the 1958 hit Tequila and was then joined by a group of singers cum dancers for a performance of Hangin' Tough in the style of black music from the previous decade. 'We understand the traditional style of BPS, and if we also played classical music, there would be nothing distinctive at all,' said Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School music teacher Cecilia Lo Hau-yee. The school's 108-strong choir won a number of awards at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival during the past two years. They also performed at a concert organised by the Eastern District Office to celebrate the handover in 1997. The BPS symphony orchestra and choir presented a special piece, The Rings of Joy , expressing four different kinds of excitement about the start of a new school term. The song was composed by BPS seventh former Vicky Lee Wing-kei, with lyrics written by her classmate Karen Wong Wing-kam. The Belilios Old Girls' Associ ation choir evoked a sense of nostalgia with their Putonghua song Benshi . A medley, originally a tribute to great composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and presented by 200 BPS girls, brought the curtain down on the two- hour extravaganza. It included well-known pieces from The Phantom of the Opera , Evita , Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat . 'Our bands perform very well because they have a long history. They stick to playing classical music which calls for meticulous skills,' said BPS principal Agnes Wong Li Shuen-pui. 'Music is one of the many extra-curricular activities that we believe is pivotal to our lives . . . therefore, a millennium concert is a perfect way to celebrate the school's 110th anniversary.' A string ensemble from Queen's College and the Chinese orchestra from King's College also performed at the concert. 'BPS students are experienced stage performers and have been involved in several exchange programmes with local and overseas schools,' said music teacher Jane Lau Tik-yan. They had gone to Australia, Taiwan, Guangzhou and Shenzhen in the past few years as part of ongoing exchange programmes or to take part in competitions, Ms Lau said. Last year, the BPS choir won a gold award at an international music festival in Sydney.