Adeline Ching Pui-yu's decision to leave a high-powered position to promote a musical instrument played by very few Hongkongers might sound absurd to others. To her, it was a very natural decision. 'What I did before was very different from what I'm doing now. There was always somebody who could do my previous job. Whereas this one, I dare say no one can do it, and I'm happy,' said the 39-year-old who is one of the founding members of the Hong Kong Harp Chamber, the first of its kind in Asia. Ms Ching, who worked in business development for 18 years, noticed that since the Asian financial crisis and Sars, people have a greater desire for a cultural life, but not enough to generate a market for the harp. 'There's certainly no business for the harp,' she said in a business tone. 'There are just about 100 people actively playing it. There's no market there. That's why we have to have profit-making events to cover the non-profit-making parts.' But that did not stop Ms Ching leaving her high-powered job at Eastman Kodak Asia-Pacific a year ago and now she operates the chamber's office in Wan Chai, where people take harp lessons. 'When I decided to leave, I wanted to do something for the community,' she said. 'More people think about things other than money, and cultural things are becoming a need rather than just an interest. I'm surprised that so many adults who have a very busy working schedule still bother to look for things cultural. Some even come here [the office] to play the harp during lunch and rush back to work afterwards.' Promoting music had never been on her agenda. She had not even studied music or known how to play the harp. Friendship with top Hong Kong harpist Angela Yau changed her life. Originally an ensemble of friends with various musical instruments met to play. 'In the group, there are players of many instruments like piano, cello and violin. But we picked the harp, because if we didn't do it, no one would.' Despite its modest size, she puts the group's contribution to the city's culture on a par with grand projects such as the West Kowloon cultural district. 'They have been talking about [West Kowloon] for 10 years and see what they have done? Nothing! But here we have concerts every week. By calculation we contribute even more to the community,' she said. 'I definitely don't make as much money as I did ... but the most important thing is to do something that makes me happy.'