The Rotary Club of Hong Kong South is honoured and privileged to be the title sponsor of the 2014 summer concert of Hong Kong Chordophonia (香港弦人), a string orchestra formed by a group of young music talents. We are indeed delighted to be given the opportunity to work with youths in our community and be in a position to encourage them to develop healthy interest and to support them in their pursuit for excellence and their wish to play a part in contributing towards the cultural scene of Hong Kong.

While Chordophonia is dedicated to the promotion of music, their members are also inspired by the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. It thus has a vision to establish a platform where young musicians with great heart, passion and talent can unite, exchange ideas and ultimately use their distinct expertise for good causes and, in their unique way, through the power of music, give back to the community.

Incidentally, Chordophonia also embraces the concept of sustainability – a concept akin to Rotary’s “Preserve Planet Earth” focus that fosters concern for the global environment and embraces sustainable development. Chordophonia believes that music is one of the nature’s gifts for humans and is a cultural treasure which needs to be preserved, developed and promoted. It is a healthy and sustainable alternative for youngsters in the face of electronic games and virtual communication. Very often, Chordophonia’s repertoire includes pieces with messages about sustainability and biodiversity. Through the performance of this evening’s theme music “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, we hope it will remind us of the plight of the Eurasian skylarks which are dwindling in numbers over the past 30 years and the need to maintain and create biodiversity on earth.

To the members of Chordophonia, we know most of you are internationally based and only re-group in Hong Kong this summer to prepare for this evening’s concert. Most of you also have a day job and practices and rehearsals can only be arranged in the odd evenings. It is amazing that in such a short span of time, you have managed to organize a concert of such professional standard. This can only be achieved through sheer dedication and hard work on your part. So, congratulation and wish you many more success in the years to come.

To the audience, wish you an enjoyable and wonderful musical treat.

Yours in Rotary,

Betty Ko


Rotary Club of Hong Kong South