A US tour by an all-girl singing group made up of university students revealed that foreigners were eager to learn about Chinese music and traditions. The Girls' Choir from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) went to Texas during the Easter holidays. The 31 girls were accompanied by three men - the conductor, the organist and a soloist. They are all from the HKBU's Music and Fine Arts Department. The group gave seven free concerts at six universities and a church from March 21 to 31. This was their first overseas visit in four years. The choir performed a wide range of pieces, including Requiem by Faure and Daniel Pinkham's Three Motets, as well as the works of other favourite composers and traditional Chinese songs such as Three Wishes of the Rose by Huang Tzi. The conductor, Andrew Cheung Yuk-kwan, was delighted with the audience's response, and said that Chinese music was especially well-received. 'It shows that the foreigners are quite eager to learn about Chinese music,' Dr Cheung said. 'We feel honoured that we can help spread Chinese arts and culture in foreign countries.' Yet, the most popular song for choir members, including music student Polly Lam Pui-hing, 23, was O Death, None Will Lay Thee Low, by J S Bach, which they performed at McMurry University in Abilene. 'It was the night before Good Friday. The song was about Jesus. We sang with deep feelings and we could see that the audience was touched,' Lam said. Organist Simon Chau Sheung-chi, 22, probably gained the most from the tour. He attended auditions at the music departments of three universities where the choir performed. His talents were praised by professors present at the sessions. All three universities accepted his application for higher studies. Beginning this August, Chau will study for a master's degree at Texas Christian University which has granted him a full scholarship.