Concerts range from movie theme hits to ballet favourites and festival-related performances When Anthony Inglis signals the start of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta's 'Sounds Great!!!' concert later this month, the orchestra will move into the last quarter of its 06/07 season doing what it does best - reaching out to people with its music. 'Music is something that is for everyone to enjoy. We encourage people to come, sit in and have fun,' said Yip Wing-sie, music director at the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Mr Inglis is a charismatic and popular British conductor who has already left an impression on Hong Kong audiences. 'I can still remember when he announced at the end of his 2005 concert that he may be coming back, the audience started cheering and yelling,' said Ms Yip. 'Sounds Great!!!' will be an easy listening trip through memorable music from such great movies as The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, E.T., Somewhere in Time, The Gladiator and Mission Impossible. It will be followed by five other concerts until the end of March, all intended to help the Sinfonietta reach those people who wouldn't normally attend 'serious' music performances. In February, 'Know Your Ballet Music' aims to help the audience get a better understanding of the relationship between dance and music. 'Everyone knows the music of Tchaikovsky. Even if they haven't seen the ballet, they probably already know the music,' Ms Yip said. John Meehan, artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet, will be on hand for a stage chat and some of the company's principal dancers will perform to excerpts from some of ballet's all-time favourites, including Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. The Sinfonietta's next two concerts, 'Be My Violin Valentine' and 'A Very Chinese New Year Concert', will feature talented violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto, a member of Australia's Grainger Quartet, the Sinfonietta's Artist Associate for its 07/08 season. Both concerts will be conducted by Edwin Outwater and will showcase pieces that are appropriate to the festivities of the occasion. The orchestra's innovative artist associate programme, which began last April, gives Sinfonietta players the opportunity to work with different artists. Grainger Quartet was chosen as the orchestra's next artist associate because of its high standard of playing as an ensemble. 'It is very demanding for a classical musician to play chamber music well. Their ability will be an inspiration to our own players,' Ms Yip explained. The quartet will come to Hong Kong three or four times to perform concerts, work with the Sinfonietta players in coaching sessions, or to play chamber music or orchestral pieces. It will also conduct master classes for musicians outside the Sinfonietta and hold outreach programmes for Hong Kong schools. 'I'm sure they will make an impact not only on the Sinfonietta but also the general public,' Ms Yip said. A concert meant for families, especially children, is 'Music that Moves Us - REALLY!' - part of HKS for Kids, the Sinfonietta's pioneering educational concert series for children. It will feature the music inspired by planes, trains, broomsticks, horses and other fun ways to travel, and will encourage children to explore music, motion and emotion. The Sinfonietta's 06/07 season will close with 'Jun Kung and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta', which will feature the world premiere of Fly, a new composition by outgoing artist associate Ng Cheuk-yin, in March, which will be performed as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival. 'He had been working very well with us. With his skills, he has helped us cross musical boundaries,' Ms Yip said. 'We look forward to his new composition.' The Hong Kong Sinfonietta was founded in 1990 by a group of local musicians with the aim of promoting music in the community by providing a platform for both local musicians and local composers. Today it has a full season with 56 contract musicians and a full-time management.