The Hong Kong Children's Choir
The Hong Kong Children's Choir (HKCC) was founded in 1969 as a private non-profit-making charitable organization. Established with only 39 members, HKCC is now the biggest choir in the world with over 5,000 boys and girls receiving choral, dancing, arts and craft training from the Choir. Each year, touring groups are invited to give performances overseas, spreading the message of love and peace to other parts of the world. The Choir has been well received and applauded in over 24 countries, gaining an international reputation as "one of the best children's choirs in the world" and "the Little Goodwill Singing Ambassadors from Hong Kong". In 2003, HKCC was awarded the "China’s Top Ten Children Chorus". This Summer, HKCC took part in 2006 Tianjin International Children’s Culture & Art Festival, XVI Europa Cantat Mainz 2006 in Germany; and won the “Award of the Audience” in Vivace International Choir Festival in Hungary.
Apart from touring overseas, HKCC organises and takes part in charitable events. Fund raising events organized by HKCC include: the 12-hour “Chorathon” to raise fund for children with hearing problems in 1999; “Bridges of Friendship, Bridges of Songs” Concert for the Hong Kong Association of the Deaf in 2001; and the “All for Love” Concert for SARS victims in 2003. The Choir is also frequently invited by local government and organizations to perform in special occasions. Over the years, HKCC has witnessed and taken part in various historical events like the Hong Kong Handover 1997, the Opening of the Hong Kong International Airport in 1998 and the Opening of Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005.