More news on the Asian Youth Orchestra. The South Korean consul in Hong Kong may have personally raised HK$1 million so they could tour his country for the first time in years, but sadly he wasn't around to smooth over some of the bumps on the trip. The disorganised local presenter left behind some of the group's baggage at the airport after they arrived in Kwangju last Thursday. Then, according to orchestra general manager Keith Lau, their hotel was infested with cockroaches and even Korean members of the group complained about the food. Conductor Richard Pontzious finally blew his top when one of the buses carrying the musicians got lost for an hour, and four of the double basses rented for the concerts were simply unplayable. The group later learned that the people hired to look after them were hired two hours before they arrived. But the show must go on and the concerts in Kwangju - first night under the direction of Pontzious (far left) and the second under principal conductor James Judd (left) - were a success. Luckily, the flight and stay in Seoul proved less eventful. In fact, it was downright pleasant, as the parents of the 19 Korean members collectively hosted a large dinner in a traditional farmhouse turned into a restaurant. The tour concludes this weekend in Japan before returning home to Hong Kong.