Music lovers share their gifts

Music lovers share their gifts

Samuel Chan Ching (left) and Dana Tsoi

This week's artists are Samuel Chan Ching, a Primary Five student at St Joseph's Primary School, and Dana Tsoi, a Primary Six student at Diocesan Girls' Junior School. Samuel talks about parental support, and Dana describes her feelings about playing a musical instrument.

Samuel Chan Ching

I took part in an international music competition when I was six years old - the International Children's Art Exhibition Match of China, Japan and Korea held in Beijing. I went with my parents, teacher and course mates. I represented Hong Kong and played the violin.

Although I felt nervous early on, after a few rounds, I could feel my confidence building and it became really fun. I got to know more about other cultures from new friends who came from different countries. Their performances inspired me, too.

When I won the Hong Kong competition, I was not sure whether my parents could take me to Beijing. My father is a very busy banker. But he was very supportive and took leave.

My parents discussed with my teacher about how to improve my performance at each stage of the competition. During the second round, I thought I would lose. My father told me that winning was not so important, as long as I tried my best to learn and play. With my parents' support, my confidence was restored and I continued with the competition. I won the Silver Prize. It was amazing.

I am lucky to have such a wonderful opportunity and environment to learn and enjoy music. I am very grateful for my parents' support. I hope I can become a professional musician.

Dana Tsoi

There are no cultural and language barriers in music. Music makes you happy and passionate - it enriches your life. Sharing music with others on stage is one of the greatest sensations I have ever felt. When I play the violin at mini-concerts, I make the audience happy and help them relax.

Some of my most enjoyable moments have been performing for those in need. Last year, I visited Heep Hong Society with my schoolmates and I played the recorder for mentally handicapped children. They were all in high spirits and clapped their hands happily. Although we might not be able to communicate through conversation, we touched their hearts through music. When we left, the children cried and I'll never forget the experience.

Music not only satisfies your needs, but it also serves the community and contributes to society.

The Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme is organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. It encourages students to take their passion for the arts beyond the campus and into the wider community. The ambassadors will take part in a series of arts programmes during the school holidays.

Learn more about the Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme here

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