To Inspire, be inspired

第七屆青年馬拉松音樂會繼續由香港北區扶輪社、明愛社區及高等教育服務、香港中文大學新亞書院扶輪青年服務團、香港北區扶輪青年服務團、筲箕灣東官立中學國際扶輪少年服務團及民生書院國際扶輪少年服務團聯合主辦,致力推廣原創拉闊音樂,鼓勵本地的年青人積極創作及交流音樂心得,並為他們提供一個公開演出的機會,以提升其創作及表演水平,培養香港音樂界的新力軍。

過往六年,Music@Youth青年馬拉松音樂會均獲得各個參與單位的熱烈讚賞,表演隊伍超過一百隊,並成功地吸引了過萬觀眾到場欣賞,可謂盛況空前。今年我們將會再接再厲,使更多青少年享受表演音樂的過程。

是次音樂會希望年青人把握演出的機會,突破自己的音樂界限,汲取經驗為日後踏足音樂旅途作起步,對青少年的美感培育、社交、智能和身心的發展亦起了積極的作用。這個免費的音樂表演平台亦盼望可以鼓勵年青人努力堅持自己的理想,並藉此傳遞正面的訊息給其他有志音樂發展的年青人。通過一年一度的音樂會,參加者亦能彼此認識,互相交流,擴闊他們音樂社交網絡。最後,我們希望這次的活動會吸引更多的觀眾支持年青人的音樂理想,宣揚及推動為本土的音樂文化。

The theme for this year’s Music @ Youth 2013 is “To Inspire, Be Inspired”.  Indeed, this event was inspired by Miss Florence Leung, a social worker at the “Shaukeiwan Youth S.P.O.T” originally as a project for Interactors of Shaukeiwan East Government Secondary School. We soon realized that project of this scale is beyond a single interactor club but would be excellent opportunities for a joint project for all the Interact Clubs and Rotaract Clubs sponsored by the Rotary Club of HK North.  Aimed at providing a platform for young musical groups to perform original music in the public, Music@Youth 2007 was held at the Music Pavilion of Victoria Park.  In 2009, the performance moved to Public Plaza of the Cultural Centre, a venue with the splendid backdrop of Victoria Harbour and a truly international crowd.  2013 marked the 7th year of Music@Youth which had come a long way from a humble beginning with just enough musical groups participating to this year’s 70 groups competiting for 18 places!

Not only does this function offer public performance opportunities for aspiring young music groups, it is also an excellent training ground for our Rotaractors and Interactors who are responsible for venue booking, promotion, liaison, purchasing, sponsorship, guests, stage management, event management, selection of musical groups, master of ceremonies etc.  It takes 8 months to organise the event, during which Rotaractors from New Asia College, CU and com-based Rotaract Club of HK North together with Interactors from Shaukeiwan East Government Secondary School and Munsang College worked together as a team and foster a life long friendship.

We must thank Caritas Community and Higher Education Services for co-organizing the event and provide invaluable technical support, and for the staunch support from New Asia College of Chinese University, Shaukeiwan East Government Secondary School and Munsang College, and for all the volunteer helpers from these institutions to make this annual event ever more successful.