The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s (CCOHK) musical production, Bug Symphony, beat 59 other entires from 17 countries to win the Public Choice Award at the 2017 Young Audiences Music Awards.
Bug Symphony features two human explorers (played by British comedic duo Scotty and Lulu), who stumble into a world of human-like bugs that make up the bug orchestra, led by Maestro Mantis. The explorers are sent on a quest to find the treasure of the golden orb spider, ready for the queen bee’s coronation.
The CCOHK not only provided the music, but sang and acted on stage, too.
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Leanne Nicholls, CCOHK’s artistic director and writer of Bug Symphony, wanted to “reach young audiences” and make music “fun and inspiring.”
Bug Symphony was the only production from the Asia-Pacific region to be nominated for the award; it received 270 votes, overtaking 11 other nominees from places like Finland, US, and France.
The CCOHK plans to perform Bug Symphony again, with the help of a grant from the Home Affairs Bureau, which supports performing arts projects in Hong Kong.
The award, given out by the youth-music NGO J.M. International, honours musicals that “inspire and engage young people”.