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Published in the house programme of "Pro-Musica Silver Jubilee Concert" on 4 November 1995
1995年11月4日 刊載於「香港雅樂社合唱團銀禧誌慶」場刊內
I wish to congratulate the Pro-Musica Society of Hong Kong and its well-known Chorus on the happy occasion of their Silver Jubilee celebration. I am particularly glad that the Society has invited their founder and first music director, Mr. Francis Chung Wah-yiu, to return from Canada to conduct this Silver Jubilee Concert.

Back in the 1960s, when I began to mount full-scale western opera productions in Hong Kong, I had two excellent collaborators: soprano Ella Kiang and chorus master Francis Chung, both among the very best in their respective fields. After initial successes, Francis and I decided that the time was ripe to form a chorus of top quality to be trained and directed by him personally. He selected the members individually, choosing from the best ensemble singers available who were capable of performing the full range of choral music from baroque to modern. Thus the Pro-Musica Chorus was born in 1970.

Francis Chung devoted much time and effort to lay a solid musical foundation for this special chorus. By the time he had to leave on migration to Canada, Pro-Musica was already one of the Hong Kong's finest choral groups with an extensive and impressive repertoire. Over the past twenty-five years, they have made significant contributions to Hong Kong's cultural development and have given my Urban Council opera productions magnificent support, for which I am truly grateful.

I offer my best wishes to Francis Chung Wah-yiu and the Pro-Musica Society for a very successful Silver Jubilee Concert and for a bright future.

Lo King Man, MBE JP (Director of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts)

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