A blessing for Tsz-hong

A blessing for Tsz-hong

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Liu Tsz-hong  joins renowned pianist Rachel Cheung on stage for a duet at the Arts Ambassadors-in-school Recognition Ceremony
Liu Tsz-hong joins renowned pianist Rachel Cheung on stage for a duet at the Arts Ambassadors-in-school Recognition Ceremony
Nothing can rob someone of their freedom to create art - this belief is what helped Liu Tsz-hong get through 18 years of darkness.

When Tsz-hong first hit the piano keys at the age of two, he was almost completely blind. But that did not stop him from developing a passion for music.

The piano is his best friend, especially in time of stress, misery and loneliness. "I'm happy and relaxed when I play the piano," Tsz-hong, a student at Yu Chun Keung Memorial College No 2, said. "It has become an indispensable part of my life."

It takes a much longer time for a visually impaired person to learn to play classical music, which requires attention to music scores and the keyboard. That's why Tsz-hong plays popular music.

His school always invites him to perform at events. His schoolmates also ask him for advice on playing the piano, which is why he was appointed Arts Ambassador.

Participants in the Arts Ambassadors-in-school Scheme, organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, take part in various activities. But Tsz-hong never dreamed he would play with renowned pianist Rachel Cheung Wai-ching. "I knew this was an opportunity not to be missed," he said.

He spent weeks practising the three-minute classical tune they were going to play together, but he was stressed. "I wasn't confident about playing classical music," he said.

But their performance went well. The audience's response was enthusiastic. The experience further developed his interest in all sorts of music.

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